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Q: Do Principal Investigators (PIs) need to have a PhD degree to apply to an ERC Synergy Grant (ERC-2018-SyG) call for proposals?
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The ERC Synergy Grant (SyG) funding scheme imposes very little eligibility constraints on applicants. A PhD degree is not formally required. However, please be aware that this is an extremely competitive call.
More information about the ERC-2018-SYG Grant Call is available in the ERC Work Programme 2018.
 

Q: For an ERC Synergy Grant (ERC-2018-SyG), should the core of the research be organised in the corresponding Host Institution?
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There are no specific constraints in this respect. The corresponding Host Institution is the one hosting the corresponding Principal Investigator (PI). As this PI is the 'leader' or 'primus inter pares' for the project, it is expected that a significant portion of the research is carried out there.
More information about the ERC-2018-SYG Grant Call is available in the ERC Work Programme 2018.
 

Q: For an ERC Synergy Grant (ERC-2018-SyG) call for proposals, should all Host Institutions involved submit a support letter?
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No, only a support letter from the corresponding Host Institution is required, i.e. from the institution hosting the corresponding Principal Investigator (PI).
Please, see the Information for Applicants to the Synergy Grant 2018 Call for more details.
 

Q: Which panel should be chosen when applying to an ERC Synergy Grant call (ERC-2018-SyG)?
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Applications to a Synergy Grant (SyG) call should indicate only keywords and not panels (cf. ERC Work Programme 2018).
 

Q: Are there Co-investigators in ERC Synergy (ERC-2018-SyG) proposals?
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No, the concept of Co-investigator does not exist in the context of a SyG. All Principal Investigators (PIs) have equal status, although there is a Corresponding Principal Investigator (cPI) designated to be the administrative contact with the ERCEA.
More information about the ERC-2018-SYG Grant Call is available in the ERC Work Programme 2018.
 

Q: Can a Principal Investigator (PI) applying to an ERC Synergy Grant (ERC-2018-SyG) have a team working with them?
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Yes, for ERC SyG, each PI can work with a team and/or collaborators who are either in their own institution or in different organisations.
More information about the ERC-2018-SYG Grant Call is available in the ERC Work Programme 2018.
 
 

Q: Do all of the Principal Investigators (PIs) applying to an ERC Synergy Grant (ERC-2018-SyG) need to be affiliated to a Host Institution?
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Yes, any Principal Investigator (PI) involved in a Synergy Grant (SyG) proposal must be affiliated to a Host Institution established in one of the EU Member States or H2020 Associated Countries for at least the full duration of the project. The Principal Investigators (PIs) must also spend 50% of their time in Europe.
Institutions outside Europe may be involved, and may even receive funding provided that their participation is deemed essential for carrying out the action, but only as additional partners under the heading of one of the European based PIs. In addition, their presence must be well justified in the proposal.
More information about the ERC-2018-SYG Grant Call is available in the ERC Work Programme 2018.
 

Q: How many Principal Investigators (PIs) can apply to an ERC Synergy Grant (ERC-2018-SyG)?
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For an ERC SyG, minimum two and maximum four Principal Investigators (PIs) can apply.
More information about the ERC-2018-SYG Grant Call is available in the ERC Work Programme 2018.
 
 

Q: What are the required profiles of researchers to apply to an ERC Synergy Grant (ERC-2018-SyG) call?
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Any profile as long as the Principal Investigators (PIs) applying to the ERC-2018-SYG call have competitive track records appropriate to their career stage. PIs must then present, as part of the proposal, either an early achievement track-record or a 10-year track-record, whichever is most appropriate for their career stage (cf. Starting, Consolidator, Advanced Grant profiles in the ERC Work Programme 2018).
 

Q: Does the geographical distance of Principal Investigators (PIs)/Host Institutions affect chances for winning an ERC Synergy Grant (ERC-2018-SyG)?
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No, there are no specific constraints on the type of configuration. Being located in two different countries will not affect the chance of success. For SyG the PIs have to demonstrate convincingly that there will be significant synergies and sufficient time spent together in close collaboration.
More information about the ERC-2018-SYG Grant Call is available in the ERC Work Programme 2018.
 
 

Q: Are there any restrictions on the location of the Host Institutions (HIs) or Principal Investigators (PIs) applying to an ERC Synergy Grant (ERC-2018-SyG)?
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Principals Investigators (PIs) can work at the same Host Institution (HI), or at different HIs within one country or at HIs based in different countries, as long as they are established in an EU Member State or H2020 Associated Countries.
More information about the ERC-2018-SYG Grant Call is available in the ERC Work Programme 2018.
 

Q: Should a proposal to the call ERC-2018-SyG be only a successful collaboration?
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Not only. The ultimate goal of the ERC SyG scheme is to allow for a close and genuine collaborative interaction that will enable transformative research at the forefront of science, capable of yielding unpredictable and ground-breaking scientific results and/or cross-fertilizing disciplines, leading to a result that is more than just the sum of Principal Investigators (PIs)' individual contributions.
More information about the ERC-2018-SYG Grant Call is available in the ERC Work Programme 2018.
 

Q: Are Principal Investigators (PIs) interviewed during the evaluation of the ERC Synergy Grant (ERC-2018-SyG) call?
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Yes, for Synergy Grants (SyG), all Principal Investigators (PIs) whose proposal has been retained after step 2 will be invited to an interview in Brussels (in the third evaluation step).
 

Q: Is it possible to apply to the ERC Synergy Grant (ERC-2018-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 2018, page 19).
Thus, if a PI applies  to the ERC 2018 SyG call and the proposal is eligible and evaluated, their other application to a StG, CoG or AdG call under the ERC Work Programme 2018, will not be evaluated.
The year in the ERC call ID refers to the relevant ERC Work Programme year. For example, the call ERC-2018-SyG belongs to the ERC Work Programme 2018.
Example:
The ERC AdG 2018 call will not be evaluated if the PI had already applied to the ERC 2018 SyG call and the proposal was considered eligible, even if the call deadlines are in two different calendar years (in 2017 for SyG 2018 call and in 2018 for the AdG 2018 call).
However, it is possible to apply both to the ERC AdG 2017 call and to the ERC 2018 SyG call.
 

Q: If the corresponding Principal Investigator (cPI) of a Synergy Grant (ERC-2018-SyG) proposal is based in the EU, can one of the other PIs be based in a third country?
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Although ERC grants are open to researchers from any country in the world, all researchers who apply as Principal Investigators (PIs) have to undertake their ERC-funded research in an EU Member State or H2020 Associated Countries. Specifically, each PI has to spend at least 50% of the full equivalent time in an EU Member State or Associated Country and to devote at least 30% of their total working time to the ERC-funded project. For more information, please refer to the Information for Applicants to the Synergy Grant 2018 Call.
 

Q: Are the eligibility conditions for the Principal Investigator (PI) submitting a Synergy Grant (ERC-2018-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 SyG proposal (see pages 16-17 of the ERC Work Programme 2018). Please also note that a PI may participate as PI in only one ERC frontier research project at any one time.
 

Q: May a Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was evaluated as category C in a 2016 or 2017 call (StG/CoG/AdG) submit a proposal to an ERC 2018 call (StG/CoG/AdG/SyG)?
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A Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was evaluated as category C in the 2016 or 2017 Starting (StG), Consolidator (CoG) or Advanced ( AdG) calls may submit a proposal to the 2018 Synergy Grant (SyG) call, but may not submit a proposal to the 2018 Starting (StG), Consolidator (CoG) or Advanced (AdG) calls.
 

Q: May a Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was evaluated as category B at step 1 in an ERC 2017 call (StG/CoG/AdG) submit a proposal to an ERC 2018 call (StG/CoG/AdG/SyG)?
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A Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was evaluated as category B at step 1 in the 2017 Starting (StG), Consolidator (CoG) or Advanced (AdG) calls may submit a proposal to the 2018 Synergy Grant (SyG) call, but may not submit a proposal to the 2018 Starting (StG), Consolidator (CoG) or Advanced (AdG) calls.

Q: May a Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was evaluated as category A or category B at step 2 in an ERC 2017 call (StG/CoG/AdG) submit a proposal to an ERC 2018 call (StG/CoG/AdG/SyG)?
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Yes, a Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was evaluated as category A or category B at step 2 in the 2017 Starting (StG), Consolidator (CoG) or Advanced (AdG) calls may submit a proposal to the 2018 calls.

Q: Under call ERC-2018-SyG, what are the restrictions for the resubmission of an ERC Synergy Grant?
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For the SyG 2018 call there are no restictions in place for applicants who submitted previous unsuccessful ERC applications. The ERC Work Programme 2018 indicates the possible future restrictions that the ERC Scientific Council intends to apply.
Those restrictions (when in place) will affect all Principal Investigators (PIs) and not only the Corresponding Principal Investigator (cPI).
However, please note that a Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was rejected on the grounds of a breach of research integrity in the 2016 or 2017 ERC calls may not submit a proposal to the 2018 ERC calls.
(Please, see pages 19-20 of the ERC Work Programme 2018 to see other possible restrictions on the submission).