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Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2018 (ERC-2018-CoG) call, is a Medical Doctor degree equivalent to a PhD degree?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2018 call, for medical doctors (or applicants holding a degree in medicine), a medical doctor degree will not be accepted by itself as equivalent to a PhD award. To be considered an eligible Principal Investigator, medical doctors (or applicants holding a degree in medicine) need to provide the certificates of both a medical doctor degree and a PhD or proof of an appointment that requires doctoral equivalency (e.g. post-doctoral fellowship, professorship appointment). Additionally, candidates must also provide information on their research experience (including peer reviewed publications) in order to further substantiate the equivalence of their overall training to a PhD. In these cases, the certified date of the medical doctor degree completion plus two years is the time reference for calculation of the eligibility time-window (i.e. 9-14 years past the medical doctor degree for Consolidators).
For more information, see section 'Eligibility criteria' of the ERC Work Programme 2018.
 

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2018 (ERC-2018-CoG) call, what will happen if the PhD certificate is not submitted together with the proposal?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2018 call, as long as no PhD document or equivalent is uploaded in the Participant Portal Submission Service, it will not be possible to validate/submit the proposal. A warning message will inform the applicant of the missing document. If another document is uploaded instead and the PhD certificate is finally missing in the proposal, the proposal is not eligible and will not be evaluated.
For more information, see section 'Eligibility criteria' of the ERC Work Programme 2018 .

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2018 (ERC-2018-CoG) call, which is the date to be considered for the granting of the PhD (or equivalent degree)?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2018 call, the reference date for calculating the eligibility period should be the date of the actual award according to the national rules in the country where the degree was awarded.
In the case of applicants having been awarded several PhDs, the reference date is the award date of the first PhD.
For more information, see section 'Eligibility criteria' of the ERC Work Programme 2018.
 

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: 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.

Q: According to the conditions applied to the ERC 2018 frontier research grants, can a researcher participate as Principal Investigator in more than 1 proposal at the same time? Is it possible to receive funding for more than 1 participation in such case?
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According to the conditions applied to the ERC frontier research Grants 2018 (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced, Synergy, 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 [Including all Principal Investigators supported under the Synergy Grant in ERC Work Programmes 2012 – 2013] in only one ERC frontier research project at any one time [NB A new frontier research project can only start after the duration of the project fixed in 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. [NB: This is according to the duration of the project fixed in the previous frontier research grant agreement]
These restrictions are specified in the ERC Work Programme 2018 and may be modified in future work programmes by the ERC Scientific Council in light of experience.
As a team member, it is possible to participate in more than one ERC grant.

Q: According to the conditions applied to the ERC 2018 frontier research Grants 2018 [Starting (StG)/Consolidator (CoG)/Advanced (AdG)/Synergy (SyG)], can a Principal Investigator (PI) cover this role in more than one proposal at the same time?
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According to the conditions applied to the ERC 2018 frontier research Grants, there are three main restrictions to be considered for Principal Investigators (PIs) in this regard:
A PI may submit proposals to different ERC frontier research Grant calls made under the same Work Programme, but only the first eligible proposal will be evaluated.
A researcher may participate as PI or Co-Investigator in only one ERC frontier research project at any one time (NB: A new frontier research project can only start after the duration of the project fixed in a previous frontier research grant agreement has ended).
A researcher participating as PI 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 (NB: This is according to the duration of the project fixed in the previous frontier research grant agreement).
These restrictions are specified in the ERC Work Programme 2018 and may be modified in future Work Programmes by the ERC Scientific Council in light of experience.
As a team member, it is possible to participate in more than one ERC Grant.

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 ERC-2018-AdG call?
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When applying to the ERC Advanced Grant (AdG) 2018 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 2018 or the Information for Applicants to the Advanced Grants 2018 call.