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Q: If a researcher has less than ten years of research experience, can (s)he apply to the call ERC-2017-ADG?
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A Principal Investigator can apply for an ERC Advanced Grant (AdG) 2017 call even if (s)he does 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 2017: Advanced Grant profile or the Information for Applicants relevant for the call.

Q: Can a Principal Investigator whose proposal was submitted to one of the 2015 or 2016 ERC frontier research grant calls & evaluated at the end of Step 1 as of insufficient quality to pass to Step 2 (C category), submit an application for the AdG 2017 call?
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No, a Principal Investigator whose proposal was evaluated as category C in the step 1 Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grant calls for proposals under Work Programme 2015 and 2016 may not submit a proposal to the ADG call for proposals made under Work Programme 2017:

The table below summarizes the resubmission restrictions to apply to the ERC Advanced Grant 20167call: Resubmission restrictions

Proposal evaluated under Work Programme year

Step

Final evaluation score

Can the Principal Investigator resubmit in 2016?

2015

1

B

yes

C

no

2

A

yes

B

yes

2016

1

B

no

C

no

2

A

yes

B

yes

For more information, please refer to the restrictions on submission of proposals in the ERC Work Programme 2017   

Q: According to the conditions of the call ERC-2017-ADG, can a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) qualify as Host Institution 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 for an ERC grant as long as it meets the conditions of eligibility of the Host Institution laid down in the ERC Work Programme 2017. The Principal Investigator decides in which Host Institution (s)he would like to implement the proposed project.

Q: Call ERC-2017-ADG: Can Principal Investigator who is simultaneously engaged part-time by 2 different research organisations and leads 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 2017 call, this is possible as long as the Principal Investigator 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 2017: Eligible Host Institution). 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  Participant Portal Submission Service

Q: Can a Principal Investigator who holds a permanent position in a research organisation in the US, apply to the call ERC-2017-ADG, with a Host Institution located in Europe?
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Yes, a Principal Investigator, engaged in the US or in a third country, can apply for an ERC Advanced grant (AdG) 2017, as long as (s)he 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 2017: Eligible Principal Investigator and Eligible Host Institution).
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 2017: Advanced Grant Profile).

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC AdG 2017 call, do the re-submission rules apply only to Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators, or also to team members? Can a team member, working in a project financed by an ERC AdG, apply for a StG or CoG?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Advanced Grant 2017 call, the restrictions on applications only apply to Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators (Co-Investigator projects were supported under the Ideas Work Programmes from 2008 – 2011).
There is no restriction for a team member to submit a proposal to an ERC grant as Principal Investigator as long as the required working-time commitment can be respected.
For more information, please see the ERC Work Programme 2017 : Restrictions on submission of proposals.

Q: For ERC projects (STG-COG-ADG-SYG) granted under FP7, what is the best practice for communication between the Host Institution, the Principal Investigator from an ERC Grant and the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA)?
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For ERC projects granted under FP7, communication between the ERCEA and the beneficiary is formalised as follows:
Official communication paper letters: have to be sent to the address defined in Article 8 of the Grant Agreement.
Projects reports (financial and scientific): have to be sent electronically, via the Participant Portal (Articles 4 of the ERC Grant Agreement and II.4 of the General Conditions to the ERC Grant Agreement (Single and Multi-Beneficiary).In case your organisation did not opt for the electronic signature of financial statements, the financial statements (signed on paper) must to be sent by post to the address defined in Article 8 of the Grant Agreement.
Questions on grant preparation:  can be sent directly to the ERCEA by email through the specific functional mailbox for Starting / Consolidator / Advanced or Synergy Grants.
Questions on ERC Grant Agreements or amendments: can be sent through the ERCEA amendments functional mailbox.
Other questions on ERC grants (throughout the lifetime of the project): can be sent to the ERCEA PI helpdesk: erc-c2-pi-helpdesk@ec.europa.eu (phone + 32 2 2992465).
General questions on FP7: can be sent to the Research Enquiry Service at http://ec.europa.eu/research/enquiries

Q: For European Research Council (ERC) projects -Starting (STG), Consolidator (COG), Advanced (ADG), or Synergy (SYG)- granted under FP7, what are the reporting requirements for an ERC grant?
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The ERC Grant Agreement foresees two different reporting streams to cover the financial aspects on the one hand and the scientific aspects of the grant on the other hand. This approach distinguishes ERC projects from standard FP7 projects and intends to make reporting most notably for the Principal Investigator lighter and simpler (Article II.4 of the General Conditions to the ERC Grant Agreement (Single and Multi Beneficiary)). Scientific reports are the sole responsibility of the Principal Investigator and are submitted via the Host Institution usually only twice during the lifetime of a project (at mid-term and at the end). Scientific reporting is done via SESAM, which is accessible through the EU Login Participant Portal. The financial reports are to be prepared by the Host Institution in consultation with the Principal Investigator. They provide a declaration of honour to which extent the objectives have been reached, information about how the project has been managed during the reporting period, a chapter on the description of the scientific implementation of the project and the following annexes: Financial Statements and breakdown of direct costs. Depending on the amount of the costs claimed (cumulated amounts equal or superior to €375.000) the report also includes a Certificate on Financial Statements.Article 4 of the ERC Grant Agreement defines the reporting periods and the language that has to be used for the reports. One part of the report, the  Financial Statements (Form C), needs to be introduced via the FORCE application in addition to the paper file that has to be provided to the ERCEA. FORCE is accessible through the ECAS participant portal. A practical user guide on FORCE can be found here.

Q: What are the reporting requirements for an European Research Council (ERC) Proof of Concept (PoC) grant under FP7?
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In the ERC Proof of Concept Grants, given the shorter length, the project report will normally be required only once, at the end of the project. This report will combine the technical and financial aspects in one single document. Article 4 of the ERC Grant Agreement defines the reporting periods and the language that has to be used for the reports. One part of the report, the Financial Statements (Form C), needs to be introduced via the FORCE application in addition to the paper file that has to be provided to the ERCEA. FORCE is accessible through the ECAS participant portal. A practical user guide on FORCE can be found here.

Q: ERC-2016-POC: What are the reporting requirements for an European Research Council (ERC) Proof of Concept grant?
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In the ERC Proof of Concept grants, given the shorter length, the project report is required only once, at the end of the project, and will combine the technical and financial aspects in one single document.Article 20 of the H2020 ERC Proof of Concept Grant Agreement defines the reporting requirements. 
The ERC POC report must be prepared and submitted online via the Participant Portal.

Q: I am preparing communication activities in the sense of Article 38.1.1 of the Grant Agreement: who I need to inform in the European Research Council (ERC) and when?
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Before engaging in communication activities expected to have a major media impact, European Research Council (ERC) grantees (beneficiaries/participants) must inform the ERC Executive Agency via their project officers or via the mailbox ERC-PRESS@ec.europa.eu.

Q: Where can I find the European Research Council (ERC) logo and when can I use it?
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The European Research Council (ERC) logo and European emblem can be downloaded from the ERC website logos and banners page. The ERC logo can be used by beneficiaries of ERC funding support for the sole purpose of acknowledging that suppport. No explicit permission is necessary to use the ERC logo in this case.

Q: How do the European Research Council (ERC) principal investigator and beneficiaries acknowledge the research funding received from the European Union and the European Research Council (ERC)?
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The European Research Council (ERC) Grant agreement provides guidance for grant holders on how to acknowledge ERC funding.In any communication activity, the European Union emblem/flag and ERC logo should be displayed and EU/ERC funding acknowledged.
For projects funded by Horizon 2020:
Three different model statements to acknowledge ERC funding and support are provided in the Model Grant Agreement. In particular, for scientific publications and dissemination activities, including open access, Article 29.4 provides the following text:"This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement n° xxxx/".For more information please see Articles 27.3, 28.2, 29.4, 38.1.2 of the ERC Model Grant Agreement for Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants, Advanced Grants (Multi- and Mono-Beneficiary) and for Proof-of-concept (Multi- and Mono-Beneficiary).
For projects funded by the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7):
Two model statements to acknowledge ERC funding and support are provided in the Model Grant Agreement. In particular, a model statement to acknowledge ERC funding in scientific publication and dissemination activities (including open access) is provided in Article II.30:
"The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ ERC gran agreement n° xxxx".
For more information, please see Articles II.3.1.e) and II.3.bis).1.e) respectively, II.12, II.28, II.30 of the General conditions to the ERC Grant Agreement (Single and Multi-Beneficiary) and Articles II.12, II.28 and II.30 of the General Conditions to the ERC CSA Grant Agreement.
 

Q: What are the reporting requirements for an ERC grant?
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The ERC reporting requirements foresee two different reporting streams to cover the financial aspects on the one hand, and the scientific aspects of the grant on the other hand, as described in Article 20 of the ERC Model Grant Agreement.
Scientific reports are the sole responsibility of the Principal Investigator and are submitted via the Host Institution usually twice during the lifetime of a project (at mid-term and at the end). The financial reports are prepared by the Host Institution in consultation with the Principal Investigator and must usually be submitted every 18 months; this report must include information on the use of resources and the general implementation of the project (see Article 20.3 of ERC Model Grant Agreement.
At the end of a project, the Host Institution will also have to submit a Certificate on Financial Statements for each beneficiary (and linked third party) depending on the amount of the costs claimed (if the entity requests a total contribution of €325.000 or more). Both types of reports (Scientific and Financial) are prepared and submitted online via the Participant Portal.

Q: Can a Principal Investigator apply simultaneously, for more than one proposal, as a Principal Investigator to the ERC? Is it possible to receive funding from more than one ERC Grant at the same time?
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There are three main restrictions to be considered for Principal Investigators in this regard:
A Principal Investigator may submit proposals to different ERC frontier research grant calls published under the same Work Programme, but only the first eligible proposal will be evaluated.
A researcher may participate as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator (please note that projects with a Co-Investigator were supported under the Advanced Grant in ERC Work Programmes from 2008 – 2011) in only one ERC frontier research project at any one time. Please note that a new frontier research project can only start once a previous frontier research grant agreement has ended.
A researcher participating as Principal Investigator 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 (please note that this should be calculated according to the duration of the project as stated in the current frontier research project grant agreement).
These restrictions may be modified in future work programmes by the ERC Scientific Council.
As a team member, it is possible to participate in more than one ERC grant. Please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2016 (section “Eligibility criteria”) and to the relevant call for more information.

Q: Under FP7, in the ERC financial reporting, what are "receipts" in Point 2 of the Financial Statement (Form C)?
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There are three kind of receipts in the ERC financial reporting under FP7 (Article II.17 of the General Conditions to the ERC Grant Agreement (Single and Multi-Beneficiary) and Part 2B, section 1 on Art II.17 of ECGA, in the FP7 Guide to Financial Issues):

Financial transfers or their equivalent from third parties to the beneficiary;

Contributions in kind, free of charge from third parties, if they are specifically to be used for this ERC-project only;

Income generated by the project, excluding the cases when it was generated from the use of foreground.

Receipts are to be taken into account at the moment of the final payment (see Part 2B, section 1, on Article II.17 of ECGA (specific mention of Article II.18.3), in the FP7 Guide to Financial Issues).
Beneficiaries must take into account and declare receipts which are established (revenue that has been collected and entered in the accounts), generated or confirmed (revenue that has not yet been collected, but which has been generated or for which the beneficiary has a commitment or written confirmation) at the time of the submission of the last financial statement.
 

Q: Under FP7, what are the financial reporting requirements for an ERC grant and how are they submitted?
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In FP7, the financial reports shall be submitted by the Host Institution in consultation with the Principal Investigator. (See the General Conditions to the ERC Grant Agreement, Article II.3.1.b for Single, or Article II.3.bis.1.b for Multi-Beneficiary Grant Agreements.)The financial reports provide the following parts:
- a declaration of honour;
- a description to which extent the objectives have been reached;
- information about how the project has been managed during the reporting period; and
- a chapter on the description of the scientific implementation of the project.
 
The financial reports also contain several annexes:
- Financial Statements;
- a breakdown of direct costs table; and
- a Budget follow-up table.
 
Depending on the amount of the costs claimed (cumulated amounts equal or superior to €375.000) the report also includes a Certificate on Financial Statements.In Proof of Concept Grants, given the shorter length, the project's reports will normally be required only once, at the end of the project. This report will combine the technical and financial aspects in one single document.
Article 4 of the ERC Grant Agreement defines the reporting periods and the language that has to be used for the reports.For submission of the Financial Statements (Form C) of the financial report, it must be distinguished whether grants that do have electronic submission and those that do not have electronic submission:- Grants with electronic submission (those signed from 01/01/2013 onwards plus those which were signed before and that opted-in through an amendment): the Financial Statements need to be introduced via the FORCE application only.- Grants without electronic submission: the Financial Statements need to be introduced via the FORCE application in addition to the paper file that has to be provided to the ERCEA.
 
 

Q: For ERC projects under FP7, how does the verification of the scientific reports take place and what are the possible consequences?
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In FP7, the scientific reports are analysed by the ERC scientific department, while the financial reports are analysed by the ERC grant management department, in collaboration with the scientific department.The PI receives an advance notice letter at the end of the reporting period to upload the scientific report and publications with links to the Participant Portal; a visual guide on how to create and submit scientific report; and the open access policy.There are four possible consequences resulting from the verification of the mid-term scientific reports by the ERCEA:(i) If the scientific report has been approved without conditions:At the end of the next financial reporting period, the payment will not need any additional scientific requirements (unless new scientific issues arise in the meantime).(ii) If the scientific report has been approved under certain conditions:At the end of the next financial reporting period, the payment will be subject to the fulfilment of the suggested scientific recommendations.(iii) If the scientific report has been rejected (e.g. because of missing publications, or inconsistencies with the current Description of Work) and a revised version of the report had been requested:The payment will be suspended at the forthcoming reporting period, until a satisfactory revised scientific report is submitted and approved by the scientific department.
(iv) If the scientific report has been rejected:The ERCEA may start the procedure for termination of the Grant Agreement. Final reports submitted within the framework of the termination will be due 45 days after the decision on termination became effective.
When evaluating the scientific reports, the ERCEA Scientific Department may require a review by additional experts. In these cases, the time to evaluate the reports and disburse payments can be suspended till the review is satisfactory.

Q: For ERC projects under FP7, in the cases where the Host Institution has given a large contribution without cost charged to the project (lab or equipment), does this need to be documented and reported on?
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In FP7, the "Description of Work" should mention that the project team will use the respective facility without claiming any costs.

Q: For ERC projects under FP7, what is the procedure if a Principal Investigator leaves (for whatever reason) the Host Institution?
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In FP7, if the Principal Investigator leaves the Host Institution, the participation of the Host Institution in the grant shall be terminated. Articles II.33 (Single) and II.35 (Multi-Beneficiary) of the General Conditions to the ERC Grant Agreement are applicable.The Host Institution is strongly advised to contact the ERCEA by sending a request to ERC-C2-AMENDMENTS@ec.europa.eu to receive a tailor made response and further guidance.