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Q: Can a Principal Investigator apply simultaneously, for more than one proposal, as a Principal Investigator to the ERC? Is it possible to receive funding from more than one ERC Grant at the same time?
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There are three main restrictions to be considered for Principal Investigators in this regard:

  • A Principal Investigator may submit proposals to different ERC frontier research grant calls published under the same Work Programme, but only the first eligible proposal will be evaluated.
  • A researcher may participate as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator (please note that projects with a Co-Investigator were supported under the Advanced Grant in ERC Work Programmes from 2008 – 2011) in only one ERC frontier research project at any one time. Please note that a new frontier research project can only start once a previous frontier research grant agreement has ended.
  • A researcher participating as Principal Investigator in an ERC frontier research project may not submit a proposal for another ERC frontier research grant, unless the existing project ends no more than two years after the call deadline (please note that this should be calculated according to the duration of the project as stated in the current frontier research project grant agreement).

These restrictions may be modified in future work programmes by the ERC Scientific Council.

As a team member, it is possible to participate in more than one ERC grant. Please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2016 (section “Eligibility criteria”) and to the relevant call for more information.

Q: Under an ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC) project, are time sheets needed for the Principal Investigator (PI)?
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No, the time sheets are not needed for the contractual obligations.

For more information, please refer to the Multi-Beneficiary Model Grant Agreement for the ERC Proof of Concept (PoC) Lump Sum Pilot (H2020 ERC MGA PoC Lump Sum Pilot — Multi & Mono).

Q: Under ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC) call, which is the general rule for Principal Investigator (PI) commitment?
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The Principal Investigator (PI) should be employed or engaged by the Host Institution of the ERC PoC Grant during its entire duration. There is no minimum commitment percentage of the working time required from the PI applying for an ERC 2019 PoC call. However, in the grant agreement, PIs must enter a minimum of their working time, as they are responsible for managing the ERC PoC project. It is essential that the cumulative percentage commitment that the PI spends on the ERC PoC action and on the main ERC StG/CoG/AdG Grant (if still ongoing) does not exceed 100%.

For more information please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2019.

Q: Under the ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC) call, can the related resources for establishing a company (e.g. accountant and notary cost) be considered eligible in the proposal?
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For ERC Proof of Concept (PoC) Lump Sum Pilot actions, beneficiaries do not need to keep records on their actual costs for the purpose of proving the actual utilisation of the grant contribution; they only need to keep appropriate and sufficient evidence (documentation, records) that the action tasks (as described in Annex 1) were properly carried out.

For more information, please refer to the Multi-Beneficiary Model Grant Agreement for the ERC PoCLump Sum Pilot (H2020 ERC MGA PoC Lump Sum Pilot — Multi & Mono).

Q: Under call ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC), can a Co-investigator from an ERC Advanced (AdG) funded project be eligible to submit an ERC PoC proposal as Principal Investigator (PI)?
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No, Co-investigators are not eligible for an ERC PoC Grant. Only Principal Investigators (PIs) in research main grants (ERC StG, CoG or AdG Grants), as well as PIs and corresponding PI of SyG Grants are eligible to submit a proposal to the ERC PoC call.

More information on the eligibility criteria for the PIs can be found in the ERC Work Programme 2019, in the section relevant to the call.

Q: Under an ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC) call, what are the reporting requirements of a project?
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In the ERC Proof of Concept (PoC) Grants, given the shorter length (in comparison to ERC Frontier Research Grants), the project report is required only once, at the end of the project, and will combine the technical and financial aspects in one single document.

Article 20 of the H2020 ERC PoC Grant Agreement defines the reporting requirements. The ERC PoC report must be prepared and submitted online via the Participant Portal.

Q: Under ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC) call, which type of feedback do applicants receive during and after the evaluation of their proposals?
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ERC PoC 2019 proposals are evaluated on a 'Pass/Fail' basis on each of the evaluation criterion. The applicant receives the feedback on the outcome of the peer review evaluation in the form of an evaluation report. This indicates whether the proposal is retained for funding and provides the passed/failed status for each of the evaluation criteria, with corresponding comments given by the panel.

More information on the evaluation procedure can be found in the ERC Work Programme 2019, in the section relevant to the call.

Q: Under the ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC) call, should the applicant provide the names and the Curriculum Vitae (CV) of the team members in the proposal?
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For the ERC 2019 PoC call, although it is not mandatory to provide the names of individual team members or their CVs, the PoC plan needs to include justification that the persons working on the tasks are well qualified for the purpose. The description of the team needs to be filled in the Part B – section 3b.

More information on the submission and evaluation procedures can be found in the ERC Work Programme 2019, in the section relevant to the call.

Q: Under ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC) call, do independent experts receive all parts of a submitted proposal?
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For the Proof of Concept (PoC) 2019 call, applicants submit the whole proposal that is evaluated in a single step by the independent experts.

For more information on the evaluation process, please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2019.

Q: Can an applicant submit a proposal to the ERC 2019 Proof of Concept (PoC) call and also to one of the four main ERC Frontier Research calls (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced or Synergy)?
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Yes, an applicant can submit to the ERC 2019 PoC call and at the same time to one of the four main ERC frontier research calls (since the restrictions stated in the ERC Work Programme 2019 do not apply to PoC Grants).

Nevertheless, a researcher can apply for a PoC grant ONLY if he/she is already the grantee in one ERC grant. Applying for PoC is a right reserved to ERC grantees only. For more information, please refer to the eligibility criteria for PoC in the ERC Work Programme 2019.