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Q: Under the ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC) call, if a proposal was not funded in the first deadline (cut-off date), can it be resubmitted for the second or third deadline of the same call?
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No, as stated in the ERC Work Programme 2019, a Principal Investigator (PI) may submit only one application to the ERC PoC call.

Important note: More than one PoC Grant may be awarded per ERC funded frontier research project, but only one PoC project may be running at any one time for the same ERC frontier research project.

Q: Under the ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC) call, is it still possible to have a project of 12 months?
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Yes. Under the ERC 2019 Work Programme, the financial contribution will be awarded as a lump sum of €150 000 for a period of 18 months. The ERC expects that normally PoC projects should be completed within 12 months. However, to allow for those projects that require more preparation time, projects will be signed for 18 months. Given this initial flexibility, extensions of the duration of proof of concept projects may be granted only exceptionally.

More information can be found in the Multi-Beneficiary Model Grant Agreement for the ERC PoC Lump Sum Pilot (H2020 ERC MGA PoC Lump Sum Pilot — Multi & Mono).

Q: Under call ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC), can a spin-off company be the Host Institution (HI)?
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Yes, submitting an application with a spin-off company as Host Institution (HI) is feasible, as long as it complies with the eligibility criteria for an eligible HI defined in the ERC Work Programme 2019. The HI of the ERC Proof of Concept (PoC) proposal does not have to be the same as the HI of the main frontier research Grant.

Q: According to the conditions of ERC-CoG-2019 call, how does ERC treat requests to extend eligibility time-window in case of clinical training? Is there a maximum nr of years of clinical training that can be claimed for extension of eligibility window?
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For clinical training, the effective elapsed time since the award of the first PhD [for applicants whose first eligible degree is their MD such incidents can be considered from the date of the completion of their MD degree] will be considered reduced by the documented amount of clinical training actually received by the Principal Investigator after the award of the first eligible degree, and by up to 4 years maximum.

In case of part-time clinical training, the exact total training time will be calculated pro-rata to extend the eligibility window. Documented clinical training that has taken place between the award of the first eligible degree and the call deadline can be used to extend the eligibility window up to 4 years maximum.

Clinical training should be documented by an official signed testimonial from the employer indicating the start and end date of the training and preferably also the work pattern (full-time or part-time training).

Q: What type of feedback will I receive during and after the evaluation of my proposal submitted to the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 (ERC-2019-CoG) call?
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During each step of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 evaluation, the two main elements of the proposal (Principal Investigator and research project) will be evaluated and rated. At the end of each evaluation step, the proposals will be ranked by the panels on the basis of the marks they have received and on the panels' overall appreciation of each proposal's strengths and weaknesses.

At the end of Step 1 of the evaluation, on the basis of the assessment of Part B1 of the proposal, applicants will be informed that their proposal:

  1. is of sufficient quality to pass to Step 2 of the evaluation;
  2. is of high quality but not sufficient to pass to Step 2 of the evaluation; or
  3. is not of sufficient quality to pass to Step 2 of the evaluation.

At the end of Step 2 of the evaluation, on the basis of the assessment of the full proposal, applicants will be informed that their proposal either:

  1. fully meets the ERC's excellence criterion and is recommended for funding if sufficient funds are available; or
  2. meets some but not all elements of the ERC's excellence criterion and will not be funded.

More information on the results of the peer review evaluation can be found at section 3.7 of the ERC Rules for Submission and Evaluation.

Applicants may also be subject to restrictions on submitting proposals to future ERC calls based on the outcome of the evaluation. Applicants will need to check the restrictions in place for each call (for 2019 calls, see restrictions on submission of proposals under 'Eligibility criteria' of the ERC Work Programme 2019).

In addition, once the evaluation of their proposal has been completed, applicants will receive an evaluation report which will include the ranking range of their proposal out of the proposals evaluated by the panel, the panel comment explaining the panel decision as well as the individual comments given by each reviewer (for more details, see Information for applicants to the Starting and Consolidator Grant 2019 Calls).

More information on the evaluation procedure can also be found in the ERC Work Programme 2019 section relevant to the call.

Q: Should the applicant provide the names and the Curriculum Vitae (CV) of the team members in the proposal for the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 (ERC-2019-CoG) call?
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The CVs of individual team members should not be included. Although it is not mandatory to provide the names of individual team members, the proposal should describe the composition of the team that will carry out the proposed activities.

Further explanations can be found in the Information for the applicants to the Starting and Consolidator Grant 2019 Calls.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 (ERC-2019-CoG) call, is it possible to choose ERC panels from different domains?
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For the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019, the applicant must choose a primary evaluation panel and may also indicate a secondary evaluation panel. He/she should indicate when he/she believes that his/her proposal is of a cross-panel or cross-domain nature.

Further explanations can be found in the Information for the applicants to the Starting and Consolidator Grant 2019 Calls. The primary panel structure and description is also described in Annex 1 of the ERC Work Programme 2019.

Q: Do peer reviewers receive all parts of a proposal in the case of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 (ERC-2019-CoG) call?
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For the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019, Step 1 of the peer review evaluation process is based only on the extended synopsis, the Principal Investigator's CV and the track record (Part B1 only), and peer reviewers do not have access to the full scientific proposal. At Step 2, the peer reviewers base their assessment on the complete versions of the retained proposals - Part B1 and Part B2 (the scientific proposal). Please note that experts do not have access to any supporting documentation during the evaluation.

For more information on the evaluation process, please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2019 (section 'Evaluation procedure and criteria').

Q: Must the Principal Investigator applying for an ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 (ERC-2019-CoG) choose the appropriate ERC peer review evaluation panel for his/her proposal?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 call, the applicant must choose a primary evaluation panel and may also indicate a secondary evaluation panel. He/she should indicate when he/she believes that his/her proposal is of a cross-panel or cross-domain nature.

In most cases the proposal will be evaluated by the primary panel indicated by the applicant. However, if the scope of a proposal does not correspond to the expertise of the primary panel, the proposal can be reallocated to another panel, if the panel chairs of the original and the new panel unanimously agree to do so.

For more information on the ERC-2019-CoG call, please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2019.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 (ERC-2019-CoG) call, is a Principal Investigator holding a Master Degree and no PhD entitled to apply to this call?
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No, according to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 call, the Principal Investigator must have been awarded a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree to be eligible. First-professional degrees will not be considered in themselves as PhD-equivalent, even if recipients carry the title "Doctor".

For more information, please consult the ERC policy on PhD and equivalent doctoral degrees in the ERC Work Programme 2019, Annex 2.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 (ERC-2019-CoG) call, for medical doctors who hold both a medical doctor degree and a PhD, which degree will be taken into consideration for the calculation of the eligibility window?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 call, for medical doctors who have been awarded both a medical doctor degree and a PhD, the date of the earliest degree that makes the applicant eligible takes precedence in the calculation of the eligibility time-window (7-12 years after the date of award of the PhD or 9-14 years past the medical doctor degree completion for Consolidators).

For more information, please consult the ERC policy on PhD and equivalent doctoral degrees in the ERC Work Programme 2019 – Annex 2.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 (ERC-2019-CoG) call, what degrees are considered equivalent to a PhD?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 call, in order to be eligible to apply a Principal Investigator must have been awarded a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree. It is recognised that in certain fields some other doctoral titles have the same status and represent variants of the PhD. All of them have similar content requirements. These cases will not be automatically considered eligible or ineligible but examined individually, as part of the ERCEA's decision on eligibility. First professional degrees will not be considered in themselves as PhD-equivalent, even if recipients carry the title "Doctor".

For more information, please, consult the ERC policy on PhD and equivalent doctoral degrees in the ERC Work Programme 2019 - Annex 2 and section 4.3 of the Information for Applicants to the Starting and Consolidator Grant 2019 Calls.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 (ERC-2019-CoG) call, is a Medical Doctor degree equivalent to a PhD degree?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 call, for medical doctors (or applicants holding a degree in medicine), a medical doctor degree will not be accepted by itself as equivalent to a PhD award. To be considered an eligible Principal Investigator, medical doctors (or applicants holding a degree in medicine) need to provide the certificates of both a medical doctor degree and a PhD or proof of an appointment that requires doctoral equivalency (e.g. post-doctoral fellowship, professorship appointment). Additionally, candidates must also provide information on their research experience (including peer-reviewed publications) in order to further substantiate the equivalence of their overall training to a PhD. In these cases, the certified date of the medical doctor degree completion plus two years is the time reference for calculation of the eligibility time-window (i.e. 9-14 years past the medical doctor degree for Consolidators).

For more information, see sections 'Eligibility criteria' and 'ERC policy on PhD and equivalent doctoral degrees – Annex 2' of the ERC Work Programme 2019 and section 4.3 of the Information for Applicants to the Starting and Consolidator Grant 2019 Calls.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 (ERC-2019-CoG) call, what will happen if the PhD certificate is not submitted together with the proposal?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 call, as long as no PhD document or equivalent is uploaded in the Funding and Tenders Portal (F&T Portal), it will not be possible to validate/submit the proposal. A warning message will inform the applicant of the missing document. If another document is uploaded instead and the PhD certificate is finally missing in the proposal, the ERCEA may contact the PI and ask for a clarification and the missing document.

For more information, see section 'Eligibility criteria' of the ERC Work Programme 2019.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 (ERC-2019-CoG) call, which is the date to be considered for the granting of the PhD (or equivalent degree)?
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According to the ERC Work Programme 2019, the reference date towards the calculation of the eligibility period should be the date of the actual award according to the national rules in the country where the degree was awarded. The Information for Applicants to Starting and Consolidator Grant 2019 Calls complements that this is "generally, the date of successful defense/viva".

In the case of applicants having been awarded several PhDs, the reference date is the award date of the first PhD.

In case of medical doctor degrees considered equivalent to PhD the certified date of the medical doctor degree completion plus two years is the time reference for calculation of the eligibility time-window.

For more information, see section 'Eligibility criteria' of the ERC Work Programme 2019 and its Annex 2.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 (ERC-2019-CoG) call, what are eligible career breaks that are considered for the extension of the eligibility window?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 call, eligible career breaks that can be considered for the extension of the eligibility window are:

  • Maternity or paternity leave (before or after the PhD award),
  • Long-term illness (over ninety days for the Principal Investigator or a close family member) (after the PhD award),
  • Clinical training (after the award of the first eligible degree, and by up to 4 years max.),
  • National service (after the PhD award).

All these circumstances need to be properly documented. Please find below examples of such documents:

  • For maternity: a birth certificate/passport of the child(ren), family book or any other official document where the link between the PI and the child(ren) is indicated.
  • For paternity leave taken: an official testimonial from employer or state benefit record certifying the actual duration of the paternity leave. The total number of days and the exact dates need to be specified. Part-time paternity leave is also accepted.
  • For clinical training: (an) official testimonial(s) certifying the actual duration(s) of the clinical (specialty) training(s).
  • For long-term illness (over ninety days): the documentation of the periods of medical / sick leaves must be issued by an official authority (e.g. the applicant's employer, health insurances, etc.) or by an authorised person such as the physician of the applicant (medical certificates).
  • For national service: only the documented amount of leave taken for national service will be considered if they are issued by an official authority.

For more information, see section 'Eligibility criteria' of the ERC Work Programme 2019.

Q: Are the open access related rules that apply to ERC grantees any different from those that apply to researchers funded under the rest of Horizon 2020?
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Indeed, although most of the rules applicable to other researchers funded under Horizon 2020 also apply in the same way to researchers funded by the ERC, there are a number of differences. In particular, in the case of the ERC the open access obligations described in Article 29.2 of the Model Grant Agreement apply not only to articles in scientific journals, but also to long-text publications such as monographs, edited volumes, or book chapters.

An overview of the open access related rules for ERC funded researchers can be found on the ERC website. Note that Article 29.2 of the ERC Model Grant Agreement is slightly different from the corresponding article in the general Horizon 2020 Model Grant Agreement. Details on the application of the article to ERC grants can be found in the ERC specific part of the Annotated Model Grant Agreement.

Q: How can a researcher who was not continuously engaged in research or other professional activities during the previous ten years due to maternity/paternity leave, demonstrate their merit for the ERC-2019-AdG call?
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When applying to the ERC Advanced Grant (AdG) 2019 call, it is recommended that the researcher provides evidence of recent achievements of intellectual productivity and creativity. If a researcher returned to their original or new project(s) following a sabbatical leave, the reviewers are asked to take such circumstances into consideration.

For maternity, the track record considered can be extended by 18 months for each child born before or during the last ten years.

For paternity, the track record considered can be extended by the actual amount of paternity leave taken for each child born before or during the last ten years.

For long-term illness, clinical qualification or national service the track record considered can be extended by the amount of leave taken for each incident which occurred during the last ten years.

For more information, please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2019 or the Information for Applicants to the Advanced Grants 2019 call.

Q: Can a researcher who is nearing retirement apply to the call ERC-2019-Advanced Grant (AdG) call?
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Yes, an experienced researcher is welcome to apply to the ERC Advanced Grant (AdG) 2019 call at any stage of their career if they can prove - independently of their age - that they are still active with recent outstanding results. As stated in the ERC Work Programme 2019, Principal Investigators (PIs) may be of any age and nationality and may reside in any country in the world at the time of the application. The commitment and official support of a Host Institution is nevertheless required for the whole duration of the grant. For more information, see the ERC Work Programme 2019 or the Information for Applicants to the Advanced Grant call.

Q: Are only PhD holders allowed to apply to the ERC-2019-Advanced Grant (ADG) call?
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No, a PhD is not formally required to submit a proposal to the ERC Advanced Grant (AdG) 2019 call.

As specified in the ERC Work Programme 2019, excellence is the sole criterion for the evaluation of a proposal. However, a Principal Investigator (PI) is expected to have outstanding research results within the last 10 years.

For more information, please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2019, or the Information for Applicants relevant for the call.

Q: If a researcher has less than ten years of research experience, can (s)he apply to the ERC 2019 Advanced Grant (AdG) call?
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A Principal Investigator (PI) can apply for an ERC Advanced Grant (AdG) 2019 call even if they do not yet have ten years of research experience. However, applicants for the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant are expected to be active and established research leaders and have a track record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years which must be presented in the application. The emphasis lies on recent outstanding research results which are not older than 10 years. For more information on the expected profile of the Advanced Grant applicant, please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2019 or the Information for Applicants to the Advanced Grant call.

Q: Can a Principal Investigator (PI), whose proposal was submitted to 2017 or 2018 ERC frontier research grants call and evaluated at the end of Step1 as of insufficient quality to pass to Step2 (C category), submit an application for the ERC 2019 AdG call?
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No, a Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was evaluated as category C in the step 1 Starting (StG), Consolidator (CoG) or Advanced (AdG) Grant calls for proposals under ERC Work Programme 2017 and 2018, as well as Synergy Grant (SyG) call for proposal under ERC Work Programme 2018, may not submit a proposal to the ADG call for proposals made under Work Programme 2019. For more information, please refer to the restrictions on submission of proposals in the ERC Work Programme 2019.

Q: Call ERC-2019-ADG: Can a Principal Investigator simultaneously engaged part-time by 2 different research organisations and leading a research group at both apply for an ERC AdG grant with both research groups executing the proposed project as one team?
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Yes, according to the conditions of the ERC Advanced Grant 2019 call, this is possible as long as the Principal Investigator (PI) is supported by one of the two research organisations as Host Institution (applicant legal entity) for the full duration of the grant (see the ERC Work Programme 2019).

Other research organisation(s), the location of additional team members, should be referred to as (an) additional partner(s) in the research proposal (Part B) and their details should be given in the administrative proposal submission form in the Funding & Tenders Portal).

Q: Can a Principal Investigator (PI) who holds a permanent position in a research organisation in the US, apply to the call ERC-2019-ADG with a Host Institution located in Europe?
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Yes, a Principal Investigator (PI) engaged in the US or in a third country can apply for an ERC Advanced Grant (AdG) 2019, as long as they will be engaged and hosted by a Host Institution based in an EU Member State or an Associated Country for the whole duration of the grant (see the ERC Work Programme 2019 for the eligibility conditions).

Principal Investigators funded through the ERC Advanced Grants have to spend a minimum of 50% of their total working time in an EU Member State or Associated Country and a minimum of 30% of their total working time on the ERC project (see the ERC Work Programme 2019 for the Advanced Grant Profile).

Q: Can an applicant submit a proposal to the ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC) call and also to one of the four main ERC Frontier Research calls (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced or Synergy)?
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Yes, an applicant can submit to the ERC 2019 PoC call and at the same time to one of the four main ERC frontier research calls (since the restrictions stated in the ERC Work Programme 2019 do not apply to PoC Grants).

Nevertheless, a researcher can apply for a PoC grant ONLY if he/she is already the grantee in one ERC grant. Applying for PoC is a right reserved to ERC grantees only. For more information, please refer to the eligibility criteria for PoC in the ERC Work Programme 2019.

Q: According to the conditions applied to the ERC-2019-ADG (Advanced Grants) call, can a Principal Investigator (PI) carry out more than one proposal at the same time?
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According to the conditions applied to the ERC-2019-ADG call or any other ERC 2019 frontier research Grants, there are three main restrictions to be considered for PIs in this regard:1) A PI may submit proposals to different ERC frontier research Grant calls made under the same Work Programme, but only the first eligible proposal will be evaluated.2) A researcher may participate as PI in only one ERC frontier research project at any one time (NB: A new frontier research project can only start after the duration of the project fixed in a previous frontier research grant agreement has ended).3) A researcher participating as PI in an ERC frontier research project may not submit a proposal for another ERC frontier research grant, unless the existing project ends no more than two years after the call deadline (NB: This is according to the duration of the project fixed in the previous frontier research grant agreement).

These restrictions are specified in the ERC Work Programme 2019 and may be modified in future Work Programmes by the ERC Scientific Council in light of experience. As a team member, it is possible to participate in more than one ERC Grant.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC-2020-STG (Starting Grant) call, what information should the applicant include in the Section 3 - Budget of the online submission form?
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The budget section contains the table of the proposal budget including the total estimated project costs and the requested EU contribution for the project. The budget table will provide automatically one budget line per beneficiary. The budget is subdivided in personnel costs, travel, equipment, consumables, publications (including any costs related to Open Access), other additional direct costs, internally invoiced goods and services, costs of in kind contributions not used on the beneficiary’s premises, and any envisaged subcontracting costs. The costs should be given in whole Euros (not kilo Euros). Please carefully check all values of the budget table. Please note that while the total estimated eligible costs in the budget table are calculated automatically, the requested EU contribution has to be filled manually.In the resources section you must also indicate the percentage for the working time the Principal Investigator (PI) dedicates to the project over the period of the grant. We recommend applicants to describe and justify the requested resources heading by heading using the terminology of the budget table. If additional funding is requested for the project, describe and justify the request clearly under a separate dedicated heading. Bear in mind that unjustified budgets will be reduced.More explanation can be found in the guidelines of the Information for Applicants to the Starting and Consolidator 2020 Grants (pages 19-20).

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC-2020-STG (Starting Grant) call, how will the budget table and justification of resources be made available to the experts?
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The budget table and description of resources will be extracted from the online submission form (Part A, Section 3 - Budget) and provided to the peer reviewers evaluating the proposal. The evaluators will have no access to the rest of the submission form.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC-2020-STG (Starting Grant) call, how will the budget table and justification of resources be counted towards the page limit?
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The limit of 15 pages applicable to the ‘Scientific Proposal’ as per the ERC Work Programme 2020 will apply to Part B2 and the descriptive part of the resources (Section C. Resources).The text box for Section C. Resources has a maximum length of 8000 characters (including spaces). Please note that 4000 characters, font size 11, single line spacing, correspond to one A4 text page.Therefore if Section C. Resources was 8000 characters equal to 2 pages, the remaining page limit for Part B2 would be 13 pages.The budget table itself does not count towards the page limit.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC-2020-STG (Starting Grant) call, where should the applicant include the budget table and justification of resources?
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There has been a change compared to previous calls: the budget table and description of resources have moved from Part B2 to the Part A ‘online submission form’ (Section 3 - Budget). All the resources have to be described and justified in the text box under the online budget table (Section C. Resources).  The applicant should NOT include any description of resources or budget table in Part B2.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC-2019-Advanced Grant (ADG) call, can a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) qualify as Host Institution (HI) to support an ERC project?
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Yes. Any SME (as defined by Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC) can be a Host Institution (HI) for an ERC grant as long as it meets the conditions of eligibility of the HI laid down in the ERC Work Programme 2019.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC-2019-Advanced Grant (ADG) call, will ERC experts have access to the submission form (Part A) of my proposal in order to assess the budget table and justification of resources?
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Only Section 3 – Budget of the submission form (Part A) containing the budget table and description of resources (Section C. Resources) will be made available to the experts evaluating the proposal. The evaluators will have no access to the rest of the submission form.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC-2019-Advanced Grant (ADG) call, how will the budget table and justification of resources be counted towards the page limit?
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The limit of 15 pages applicable to the ‘Scientific Proposal’ as per the ERC Work Programme 2019 will apply to Part B2 and the descriptive part of the resources (Section C. Resources). The text box for the Section C (Resources) has a maximum length of 8000 characters (including spaces). Please note that 4000 characters, font size 11, single line spacing, correspond to one A4 text page.The budget table itself does not count towards the page limit.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC-2019-Advanced Grant (ADG) call, where should the applicant include the budget table and justification of resources?
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The budget table and description of resources are now part of the online submission form (Section 3 - Budget). All the resources have to be described and justified in the text box under the budget table (Section C. Resources). The applicant should NOT include any description of resources or budget table in Part B2.

Q: May a Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was unsuccessful (not category A) in ERC StG/CoG/AdG 2018 or 2019 call submit a proposal to the ERC SyG 2020 call?
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Yes, a Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was evaluated as category B or C at Step 1 or as category A or B at Step 2 in the 2018 or 2019 Starting Grant (StG), Consolidator Grant (CoG) or Advanced Grant (AdG) calls may submit a proposal to the 2020 Synergy Grant (SyG) call.

Further details can be found in the ERC Work Programme 2020, section "Restrictions on submission of proposals".

Q: May a Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was evaluated in the ERC 2018 or 2019 Synergy Grant (SyG) call as category B or C in Step 1 or B in Step 2 submit a proposal to the ERC 2020 SyG call?
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A Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was evaluated as category C at Step 1 in the 2018 Synergy Grant (SyG) call or B and C at Step 1 in the 2019 Synergy Grant (SyG) call may not submit a proposal to the 2020 SyG call.

A Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was evaluated as category B at Step 1 or 2 in the 2018 Synergy Grant (SyG) call or B at Step 2 in the 2019 Synergy Grant (SyG) call may submit a proposal to the 2020 SyG call.

Further details can be found in the ERC Work Programme 2020, section "Restrictions on submission of proposals".

Q: Under call ERC-2020-SyG, what are the restrictions for the (re-)submission of an ERC Synergy Grant?
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Please consult the section "Restrictions on submission of proposals" of the ERC Work Programme 2020. Please note that the restrictions apply to each of the Principal Investigators (PIs) and not only the corresponding Principal Investigator (cPI).

Q: Are the eligibility conditions for the Principal Investigator (PI) submitting a Synergy Grant (ERC-2020-SyG) applicable to all PIs?
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The eligibility criteria, including the restrictions for submission, need to be fulfilled by all Principal investigators (PIs) submitting a Synergy (SyG) proposal of the ERC Work Programme 2020. Please also note that any PI may participate as PI - in only one ERC frontier research project at any one time.

Q: Can one of the Principal Investigators of a Synergy Grant (ERC-2020-SyG) be based in a country outside of the EU Member States or Associated Countries?
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Yes. In case of a Synergy Grant (SyG) one of the Principal Investigators (PIs), with the exception of the corresponding PI, can apply with a Host Institution outside of the EU Member States or Associated Countries. Note that, except for a PI applying with a third country host institution, each PI has to spend at least 50% of their working time in an EU Member State or Associated Country. All PIs have to devote at least 30% of their working time to the ERC-funded project.

For more information, please see the ERC Work Programme 2020.

Q: Is it possible to apply to the ERC Synergy Grant (ERC-2020-SyG) call if the same PI also intends to apply to an ERC Starting (StG), Consolidator (CoG) or Advanced Grant (AdG) call?
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Similarly to other ERC frontier calls, a Principal Investigator (PI) may submit proposals to different ERC frontier research calls published under the same Work Programme, but only the first eligible proposal will be evaluated. Ineligible or withdrawn proposals do not count against this limit (ERC Work Programme 2020). Thus if a PI applies to the ERC-2020-SyG call and the proposal is eligible and evaluated, their other application to a StG, CoG or AdG call under the ERC Work Programme 2020 will not be evaluated. It is important to note that the year of an ERC call refers to the ERC Work Programme under which the call was made and can be established by its call identifier. A 2020 ERC call is therefore one that was published under the ERC Work Programme 2020 and will have 2020 in the call identifier (for example ERC-2020-SyG). Example: A proposal submitted to ERC-2020-AdG call will not be evaluated if the PI had already applied to the ERC-2020-SyG call and the SyG proposal was considered eligible, even if the call deadlines are in two different calendar years (in 2019 for the SyG 2020 call and in 2020 for the AdG 2020 call). Note that it is possible to apply both to the ERC-2019-AdG call and to the ERC-2020-SyG call. In case the PI is selected for funding in the AdG 2019 call and the Grant Agreement is signed, the PI becomes ineligible in the 2020 SyG call, because a PI can hold only one ERC frontier grant at any one time. For further questions please contact erc-syg-applicants@ec.europa.eu.