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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.

Q: For ERC projects (STG-COG-ADG-SYG) granted under FP7, what is the best practice for communication between the Host Institution, the Principal Investigator from an ERC Grant and the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA)?
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For ERC projects granted under FP7, communication between the ERCEA and the beneficiary is formalised as follows:
Official communication paper letters: have to be sent to the address defined in Article 8 of the Grant Agreement.
Projects reports (financial and scientific): have to be sent electronically, via the Participant Portal (Articles 4 of the ERC Grant Agreement and II.4 of the General Conditions to the ERC Grant Agreement (Single and Multi-Beneficiary).In case your organisation did not opt for the electronic signature of financial statements, the financial statements (signed on paper) must to be sent by post to the address defined in Article 8 of the Grant Agreement.
Questions on grant preparation:  can be sent directly to the ERCEA by email through the specific functional mailbox for Starting / Consolidator / Advanced or Synergy Grants.
Questions on ERC Grant Agreements or amendments: can be sent through the ERCEA amendments functional mailbox.
Other questions on ERC grants (throughout the lifetime of the project): can be sent to the ERCEA PI helpdesk: erc-c2-pi-helpdesk@ec.europa.eu (phone + 32 2 2992465).
General questions on FP7: can be sent to the Research Enquiry Service at http://ec.europa.eu/research/enquiries

Q: For European Research Council (ERC) projects -Starting (STG), Consolidator (COG), Advanced (ADG), or Synergy (SYG)- granted under FP7, what are the reporting requirements for an ERC grant?
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The ERC Grant Agreement foresees two different reporting streams to cover the financial aspects on the one hand and the scientific aspects of the grant on the other hand. This approach distinguishes ERC projects from standard FP7 projects and intends to make reporting most notably for the Principal Investigator lighter and simpler (Article II.4 of the General Conditions to the ERC Grant Agreement (Single and Multi Beneficiary)). Scientific reports are the sole responsibility of the Principal Investigator and are submitted via the Host Institution usually only twice during the lifetime of a project (at mid-term and at the end). Scientific reporting is done via SESAM, which is accessible through the EU Login Participant Portal. The financial reports are to be prepared by the Host Institution in consultation with the Principal Investigator. They provide a declaration of honour to which extent the objectives have been reached, information about how the project has been managed during the reporting period, a chapter on the description of the scientific implementation of the project and the following annexes: Financial Statements and breakdown of direct costs. Depending on the amount of the costs claimed (cumulated amounts equal or superior to €375.000) the report also includes a Certificate on Financial Statements.Article 4 of the ERC Grant Agreement defines the reporting periods and the language that has to be used for the reports. One part of the report, the  Financial Statements (Form C), needs to be introduced via the FORCE application in addition to the paper file that has to be provided to the ERCEA. FORCE is accessible through the ECAS participant portal. A practical user guide on FORCE can be found here.

Q: What are the reporting requirements for an European Research Council (ERC) Proof of Concept (PoC) grant under FP7?
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In the ERC Proof of Concept Grants, given the shorter length, the project report will normally be required only once, at the end of the project. This report will combine the technical and financial aspects in one single document. Article 4 of the ERC Grant Agreement defines the reporting periods and the language that has to be used for the reports. One part of the report, the Financial Statements (Form C), needs to be introduced via the FORCE application in addition to the paper file that has to be provided to the ERCEA. FORCE is accessible through the ECAS participant portal. A practical user guide on FORCE can be found here.

Q: ERC-2016-POC: What are the reporting requirements for an European Research Council (ERC) Proof of Concept grant?
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In the ERC Proof of Concept grants, given the shorter length, 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 Proof of Concept Grant Agreement defines the reporting requirements. 
The ERC POC report must be prepared and submitted online via the Participant Portal.