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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?

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?

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?

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.

Q: Is it possible to apply to an ERC 2018 frontier research grant call if the same Principal Investigator (PI) has already applied to another ERC 2018 frontier research grant call?

A Principal Investigator (PI) may submit proposals to different ERC frontier research calls published under the same Work Programme, but only the first eligible proposal will be evaluated. Ineligible or withdrawn proposals do not count against this limit (ERC Work Programme 2018, page 19 - 20). Example: If a PI applies to the ERC 2018 Advanced (AdG) call, his/her proposal will not be evaluated if he/she had already applied to the ERC 2018 Starting (StG), Consolidator (CoG) or Synergy (SyG) call and the proposal was considered eligible for any of these calls, even if the call deadlines are in different calendar years (e.g. deadline in 2017 for the StG, CoG or SyG 2018 calls and deadline in 2018 for the AdG 2018 call).  The year in the ERC call ID refers to the relevant ERC Work Programme year (e.g. the call "ERC-2018-SyG" belongs to the ERC Work Programme 2018).

Q: May a Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was evaluated as category A or category B at step 2 in an ERC 2017 call [Starting (StG)/Consolidator (CoG)/Advanced (AdG)] submit a proposal to an ERC 2018 call (StG/CoG/AdG) or Synergy (SyG) call?

Yes, a Principal Investigator (PI) whose proposal was evaluated as category A or category B at step 2 in the 2017 Starting (StG), Consolidator (CoG) or Advanced (AdG) calls may submit a proposal to the 2018 calls.