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Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2018 (ERC-2018-CoG) call, what are eligible career breaks that are considered for the extension of the eligibility window?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2018 call, eligible career breaks that can be considered for the extension of the eligibility window are:- Maternity or paternity leave,
- Long-term illness (over ninety days for the Principal Investigator - PI - or a close family member),
- Clinical training,
- National service.
All these circumstances need to be properly documented. Please, find below examples of such documents:
For maternity: a birth certificate/passport of the child(ren), family book or any other official document where the link between the PI and the child(ren) is indicated.
For paternity leave taken: an official testimonial from employer or state benefit record certifying the actual duration of the paternity leave. The total number of days and the exact dates need to be specified. Part-time paternity leave is also accepted.
For clinical training: (an) official testimonial(s) certifying the actual duration(s) of the clinical (specialty) training(s).
For long-term illness (over ninety days),the documentation of the periods of medical / sick leaves must be issued by an official authority (e.g. the applicant's employer, health insurances, etc.) or by an authorised person such as the physician of the applicant (medical certificates).  
For national service: only the documented amount of leave taken for national service will be considered if they are issued by an official authority.
For more information, see section 'Eligibility criteria' of the ERC Work Programme 2018.

Q: Must the Principal Investigator applying for an ERC Consolidator Grant 2018 (ERC-2018-CoG) choose the appropriate ERC peer review evaluation panel for his/her proposal?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator 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 unanimously agree to do so.
Further explanations can be found in the Information for the applicants of the Starting and Consolidator 2018 Grants. The primary panel structure and description is also described in Annex 1 of the ERC Work Programme 2018.
 

Q: For ERC projects under FP7, can the Principal Investigator sign timesheets for him/herself?
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A Principal Investigator should not validate his/her own timesheet because the person validating a timesheet should have an independent view of the work of the Principal Investigator within the Host Institution (e.g. the Principal Investigator's hierarchical superior).

Q: For ERC projects under FP7, does the Principal Investigator need to dedicate an equal proportion of his/her working time each year to the project?
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Under FP7, the Principal Investigator is not obliged to spend an equal amount of his/her working time each year on the project, as long as the distribution is in line with achieving the scientific objectives of the project. However, ERCEA encourages an even distribution throughout the duration of the project. Any special time arrangements need to be agreed with the ERCEA beforehand.Timesheets or other means of proof must reflect the actual productive hours spent on the project.