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Q: Must the Principal Investigator applying for an ERC Starting Grant 2018 (ERC-2018-STG) choose the appropriate ERC peer review evaluation panel for their proposal?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Starting Grant 2018 call, the applicant must choose a primary evaluation panel and may also indicate a secondary evaluation panel. They should indicate when they believe that their 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 agree to do so.

Q: According to the conditions applied to the ERC Grants 2018, can a researcher participate as PI in more than one ERC frontier research proposal at the same time? Is it possible to receive funding for more than one participation in such case?
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According to the conditions applied to the ERC frontier research Grants 2018 (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced, Synergy), 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[Including all Principal Investigators supported under the Synergy Grant in ERC Work Programmes 2012 – 2013 ] 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.]
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 [NB According to the duration of the project fixed in the previous frontier research grant agreement] no more than two years after the call deadline. .
 

These restrictions are specified in the ERC Work Programme 2018 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: If a Principal Investigator only has a Master Degree and no PhD, can they apply to the ERC Starting Grant 2018 (ERC-2018-STG) call?
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No, according to the conditions of the ERC Starting Grant 2018 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 2018, Annex 2.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Starting Grant 2018 (ERC-2018-STG) 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 Starting Grant 2018 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 (2-7 years after the date of award of the PhD or 4-9 years past the medical doctor degree completion for Starters).
For more information please consult the ERC policy on PhD and equivalent doctoral degrees in the ERC Work Programme 2018 – Annex 2.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Starting Grant 2018 (ERC-2018-STG) call, is a Medical Doctor degree equivalent to a PhD degree?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Starting Grant 2018 (ERC-2018-STG) 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. 4-9 years past the medical doctor degree for Starters).
For more information, see section 'Eligibility criteria' of the ERC Work Programme 2018 .