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According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2020 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: birth certificate(s) or passport(s) of the child(ren), family book or any other official document that links the mother and the child(ren). For extension requests above 18 months per child, an official signed document from the employer certifying start and end date(s) of the individual leave(s) must be submitted. Any document should mention the reason for the leave. If the leave was conducted as a part-time leave this should be stated. It is acceptable if the time off work happened over several periods.
  • For paternity leave taken: an official signed document from the employer certifying start and end date(s) of the individual leave(s); an official document proving the PI's right to social paternity benefits can also be accepted. Any document should mention the reason for the leave. If the leave was conducted as a part-time leave, this should be stated. It is acceptable if the time off work happened over several periods.
  • For clinical training: an official document signed by the employer (usually a hospital) certifying start and end date(s) of the individual training period(s). Any document should mention the type of training. If the training was conducted part-time, this should be stated. It is acceptable if the training happened over several periods and for different clinical specialties.
  • For long-term illness (over ninety days): an official signed document from the employer certifying start and end date(s) of the individual leave(s). Any document should mention the reason for the leave. If the leave was conducted as a part-time leave, this should be stated. It is acceptable if the time off work happened over several periods, as long as the leaves were related to the same illness or condition. Furthermore, the request should be supported by an official document explaining the long-term nature of the illness or condition of the applicant or the close family member (e.g. from a hospital, a doctor or an insurance company). The supporting documents should also prove the family relationship in case the extension request relates to caring for a seriously ill close family member.
  • For national service: document signed by official authority with start and end date of the service.

For more information, see section 'Eligibility criteria' of the ERC Work Programme 2020.

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