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Q: May a Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was evaluated in the ERC 2018 Synergy (SyG) call as category B or C in Step 1 or B in step 2 submit a proposal to the ERC 2019 SyG call?
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No, a Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was evaluated as category C at step 1 or, B at step 1 or 2 in the 2018 Synergy (SyG) call may not submit a proposal to the 2019 SyG call.

Further details in the ERC Work Programme 2019, section Restrictions on submission of proposals.

Q: May a Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was evaluated as category A or category B at step 3 in the ERC 2019 Synergy (SyG) call submit a proposal an ERC SyG 2019 call?
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Yes, a Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was evaluated as category A or category B at step 3 in the 2018 Synergy (SyG) call may submit a proposal to the 2019 SyG call.

Further details in the ERC Work Programme 2019, section Restrictions on submission of proposals.

Q: May a Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was unsuccessful (not category A) in ERC StG/CoG/AdG 2018 or 2017 call submit a proposal to the ERC SyG 2019 call?
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A Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was evaluated as:

  • category C at step 1 in the 2017 Starting (StG), Consolidator (CoG) or Advanced (AdG) calls, or;
  • category B at any step in the 2018 StG, CoG or AdG calls

may submit a proposal to the 2019 Synergy Grant (SyG) call.

Further details in the ERC Work Programme 2019, section Restrictions on submission of proposals.

Q: Under call ERC-2019-SyG, what are the restrictions for the (re-)submission of an ERC Synergy Grant?
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Please consult the section Restrictions on submission of proposals of the ERC Work Programme 2019.

Please note that the restictions apply to each of the Principal Investigators (PIs) and not only the corresponding Principal Investigator (cPI).

Q: Is it possible to apply to the ERC Synergy Grants (ERC-2019-SyG) for a Principal Investigator (PI) who holds an ongoing ERC grant?
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A Principal Investigator (PI) can submit a proposal to the SyG call for proposal if their existing ERC project ends no more than two years after the SyG call deadline (cf. ERC Work Programme 2019, section Restrictions on submission of proposals). For the SyG 2019 call, this means that the ongoing Grant has to end before 8 November 2020.

A PI may hold only one ERC grant at any time. A new frontier research project can only start after the duration of the project fixed in a previous frontier research grant agreement has ended (cf. ERC Work Programme 2019). These eligibility requirements regarding grantees are the same as for the other frontier research grants.

Q: Under call ERC-2019-SyG, where is it possible to find information on the ERC Synergy Grants?
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The information about the ERC Synergy Grants (SyG) can be found in the ERC Work Programme 2019, in the Information for Applicants to the Synergy Grant 2019 Call, through the Participant Portal, in the Information Package of the submission webpage for the relevant call and through the ERC website.

Q: What type of feedback will I receive during and after the evaluation of my proposal submitted to the ERC Starting Grant 2019 (ERC-2019-STG) call?
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During each step of the ERC Starting Grant 2019 evaluation, the two main elements of the proposal (Principal Investigator and research project) will be evaluated and rated. At the end of each evaluation step, the proposals will be ranked by the panels on the basis of the panels' overall appreciation of their strengths and weaknesses taking into account the marks they have received.

At the end of Step 1 of the evaluation, on the basis of the assessment of Part B 1 of the proposal, applicants will be informed that their proposal:

  1. is of sufficient quality to pass to Step 2 of the evaluation;
  2. is of high quality but not sufficient to pass to Step 2 of the evaluation; or
  3. is not of sufficient quality to pass to Step 2 of the evaluation.

At the end of Step 2 of the evaluation, on the basis of the assessment of the full proposal, applicants will be informed that their proposal either:

  1. fully meets the ERC's excellence criterion and is recommended for funding if sufficient funds are available; or
  2. meets some but not all elements of the ERC's excellence criterion and will not be funded.

More information on the results of the peer review evaluation can be found at section 3.7 of the ERC Rules for Submission and Evaluation.

Q: Should the applicant provide the names and the Curriculum Vitae of the team members in the proposal for the ERC Starting Grant 2019 (ERC-2019-STG) call?
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The CVs of individual team members should not be included. Although it is not mandatory to provide the names of individual team members, the proposal should describe the composition of the team that will carry out the proposed activities.

Further explanations can be found in the Information for the applicants of the Starting and Consolidator 2019 Grants.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Starting Grant 2019 (ERC-2019-STG) call, is it possible to choose ERC panels from different domains?
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For the ERC Starting Grant 2019, the applicant must choose a primary evaluation panel and may also indicate a secondary evaluation panel. He/she should indicate when he/she believes that his/her proposal is of a cross-panel or cross-domain nature. Further explanations can be found in the Information for the Applicants to the Starting and Consolidator Grant 2019 Calls. The primary panel structure and description is also described in Annex 1 to the ERC Work Programme 2019.

Q: Do peer reviewers receive all parts of a proposal in the case of the ERC Starting Grant 2019 call (ERC-2019-STG)?
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For the ERC Starting Grant 2019, Step 1 of the peer review evaluation process is based only on Part B1 only (the extended synopsis, the Principal Investigator's CV and the track record) and peer reviewers do not have access to the full research proposal. At Step 2, the peer reviewers base their assessment on the complete versions of the retained proposals – Part B1 and Part B2 (the scientific proposal). Please note that experts do not have access to any supporting documentation during the evaluation.

For more information on the evaluation process, please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2019 (section 'Evaluation procedure and criteria').