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Yes, an experienced researcher is welcome to apply to the ERC Advanced Grant (AdG) 2018 call at any stage of their career if (s)he can prove - independently of their age - that (s)he is still an active researcher with recent outstanding results. As stated in the ERC Work Programme 2018, Principal Investigators 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.
No, a PhD is not formally required to submit a proposal to the ERC Advanced Grant (AdG) 2018 call. As specified in the ERC Work Programme 2018, excellence is the sole criterion for the evaluation of a proposal.
However, a Principal Investigator is expected to have outstanding research results within the last 10 years.
A Principal Investigator can apply for an ERC Advanced Grant (AdG) 2018 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.
No, a Principal Investigator 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 2016 and 2017 may not submit a proposal to the ADG call for proposals made under Work Programme 2018
For more information, please refer to the restrictions on submission of proposals in the ERC Work Programme 2018.
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 2018. The Principal Investigator decides in which Host Institution (s)he would like to implement the proposed project.
Yes, according to the conditions of the ERC Advanced Grant 2018 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 2018). 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 Portal Submission Service.
Yes, a Principal Investigator engaged in the US or in a third country, can apply for an ERC Advanced Grant (AdG) 2018, 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 2018 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 2018 for the Advanced Grant Profile).
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.
For ERC projects granted under FP7, communication between the ERCEA and the beneficiary is formalised as follows:
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 Funding & Tenders 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 Funding & Tenders portal. A practical user guide on FORCE can be found here.