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Q: What are the reporting requirements for ERC research frontier projects granted under H2020 (STG / COG / ADG / SYG)?
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The ERC reporting requirements for an ERC research frontier projects granted under H2020 (Starting Grant / Consolidator Grant / Advanced Grant or Synergy Grant) foresee two different reporting streams to cover the financial aspects, on the one hand, and the scientific aspects of the grant, on the other hand, as described in Article 20 of the ERC Model Grant Agreement.
Scientific reports are the sole responsibility of the Principal Investigator and are submitted via the Host Institution usually twice during the lifetime of a project (at mid-term and at the end). The financial reports are prepared by the Host Institution in consultation with the Principal Investigator and must usually be submitted every 18 months; this report must include information on the use of resources and the general implementation of the project (see Article 20.3 of ERC Model Grant Agreement).
At the end of a project, the Host Institution will also have to submit a Certificate on Financial Statements for each beneficiary (and linked third party) depending on the amount of the costs claimed (if the entity requests a total contribution of €325.000 or more). Both types of reports (Scientific and Financial) are prepared and submitted online via the Participant Portal.

Q: How can a candidate, who was not continuously engaged in research or other professional activities during the previous ten years due to maternity/paternity leave, demonstrate her/his merit for the call ERC-2017-ADG?
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When applying to the ERC Advanced Grant 2017 call, it is recommended that the researcher provides evidence of recent achievements of intellectual productivity and creativity. If a researcher returned to his/her original or new project(s) following a sabbatical leave, the reviewers are asked to take such circumstances into consideration.
For maternity, the track record considered can be extended by 18 months for each child born before or during the last ten years.
For paternity, the track record considered can be extended by the actual amount of paternity leave taken for each child born before or during the last ten years.
For long-term illness, clinical qualification or national service the track record considered can be extended by the amount of leave taken for each incident which occurred during the last ten years.
For more information, please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2017: Profile of the ERC Advanced Grant Principal Investigator or the call Information for Applicants.

Q: Can a researcher who is nearing retirement apply to the call ERC-2017-ADG?
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Yes, an experienced researcher is welcome to apply to the ERC Advanced Grant (AdG) 2017 call at any stage of their career if (s)he can prove - independently of their age - that (s)he is still an active researcher with recent outstanding results. As stated in the ERC Work Programme 2017, Principal Investigators may be of any age and nationality and may reside in any country in the world at the time of the application.
The commitment and official support of a Host Institution is nevertheless required for the whole duration of the grant.
For more information, see the ERC Work Programme 2017 (sections related to Eligible Principal Investigator and Eligible Host Institution) or the Information for Applicants relevant for the call.

Q: Can only PhD holders apply to the call ERC-2017-ADG?
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No, a PhD is not formally required to submit a proposal to the ERC Advanced Grant (AdG) 2017 call. As specified in the ERC Work Programme 2017, excellence is the sole criterion for the evaluation of a proposal.
However, a Principal Investigator is expected to have outstanding research results within the last 10 years.
For more information, please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2017: Advanced Grant profile or the Information for Applicants relevant for the call.

Q: If a researcher has less than ten years of research experience, can (s)he apply to the call ERC-2017-ADG?
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A Principal Investigator can apply for an ERC Advanced Grant (AdG) 2017 call even if (s)he does not yet have ten years of research experience. However, applicants for the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant are expected to be active and established research leaders and have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years which must be presented in the application. The emphasis lies on recent outstanding research results which are not older than 10 years.
For more information on the expected profile of the Advanced Grant applicant, please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2017: Advanced Grant profile or the Information for Applicants relevant for the call.

Q: Can a Principal Investigator whose proposal was submitted to one of the 2015 or 2016 ERC frontier research grant calls & evaluated at the end of Step 1 as of insufficient quality to pass to Step 2 (C category), submit an application for the AdG 2017 call?
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No, a Principal Investigator whose proposal was evaluated as category C in the step 1 Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grant calls for proposals under Work Programme 2015 and 2016 may not submit a proposal to the ADG call for proposals made under Work Programme 2017:

The table below summarizes the resubmission restrictions to apply to the ERC Advanced Grant 20167call: Resubmission restrictions

Proposal evaluated under Work Programme year

Step

Final evaluation score

Can the Principal Investigator resubmit in 2016?

2015

1

B

yes

C

no

2

A

yes

B

yes

2016

1

B

no

C

no

2

A

yes

B

yes

For more information, please refer to the restrictions on submission of proposals in the ERC Work Programme 2017   

Q: According to the conditions of the call ERC-2017-ADG, can a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) qualify as Host Institution to support an ERC project?
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Yes. Any SME (as defined by Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC) can be a Host Institution for an ERC grant as long as it meets the conditions of eligibility of the Host Institution laid down in the ERC Work Programme 2017. The Principal Investigator decides in which Host Institution (s)he would like to implement the proposed project.

Q: Call ERC-2017-ADG: Can Principal Investigator who is simultaneously engaged part-time by 2 different research organisations and leads a research group at both apply for an ERC AdG grant with both research groups executing the proposed project as one team?
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Yes, according to the conditions of the ERC Advanced Grant 2017 call, this is possible as long as the Principal Investigator is supported by one of the two research organisations as Host Institution (applicant legal entity) for the full duration of the grant (see the ERC Work Programme 2017: Eligible Host Institution). Other research organisation(s), the location of additional team members, should be referred to as (an) additional partner(s) in the research proposal (Part B) and their details should be given in the administrative proposal submission form in the  Participant Portal Submission Service

Q: Can a Principal Investigator who holds a permanent position in a research organisation in the US, apply to the call ERC-2017-ADG, with a Host Institution located in Europe?
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Yes, a Principal Investigator, engaged in the US or in a third country, can apply for an ERC Advanced grant (AdG) 2017, as long as (s)he will be engaged and hosted by a Host Institution based in an EU Member State or an Associated Country for the whole duration of the grant (see the ERC Work Programme 2017: Eligible Principal Investigator and Eligible Host Institution).
Principal Investigators funded through the ERC Advanced Grants have to spend a minimum of 50% of their total working time in an EU Member State or Associated Country and a minimum of 30% of their total working time on the ERC project. (see the ERC Work Programme 2017: Advanced Grant Profile).

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC AdG 2017 call, do the re-submission rules apply only to Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators, or also to team members? Can a team member, working in a project financed by an ERC AdG, apply for a StG or CoG?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Advanced Grant 2017 call, the restrictions on applications only apply to Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators (Co-Investigator projects were supported under the Ideas Work Programmes from 2008 – 2011).
There is no restriction for a team member to submit a proposal to an ERC grant as Principal Investigator as long as the required working-time commitment can be respected.
For more information, please see the ERC Work Programme 2017 : Restrictions on submission of proposals.