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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: 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.

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?
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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?
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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.