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Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2020 (ERC-2020-COG) call, how will the budget table and justification of resources be made available to the experts?
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According to the conditions of the ERC 2020 Consolidator Grant (ERC-2020-COG) call, the budget table and description of resources will be extracted from the online submission form (Part A, Section 3 - Budget) and provided to the peer reviewers evaluating the proposal. The evaluators will have no access to the rest of the submission form.

An example of how the Proposal Budget Report looks like for the experts can be found in Annex 4.6 of the Information for Applicants. Please note that the layout may be further adapted when needed.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2020 (ERC-2020-CoG) call, what degrees are considered equivalent to a PhD?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2020 call, in order to be eligible to apply, a Principal Investigator must have been awarded a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree. It is recognised that in certain fields some other doctoral titles have the same status and represent variants of the PhD. All of them have similar content requirements. These cases will not be automatically considered eligible or ineligible but examined individually, as part of the ERCEA's decision on eligibility. First professional degrees will not be considered in themselves as PhD-equivalent, even if recipients carry the title "Doctor". For more information, please consult the ERC policy on PhD and equivalent doctoral degrees in the ERC Work Programme 2020 - Annex 2 and section 4.3 of the Information for Applicants document to the Starting and Consolidator Grant 2020 calls.

Q: Do peer reviewers receive all parts of a proposal in the case of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2020 (ERC-2020-CoG) call?
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For the ERC Consolidator Grant 2020, Step 1 of the peer-review evaluation process is based on Part B1 only (the extended synopsis, the Principal Investigator's CV and the track record) and peer reviewers do not have access to the full research proposal. At Step 2, the peer reviewers base their assessment on the complete versions of the retained proposals (Part B1, Part B2 and section 3 – Budget – the full scientific proposal). Please note that experts do not have access to any supporting documentation during the evaluation.

For more information on the evaluation process, please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2020 (section 'Evaluation procedure and criteria').

Q: Must the Principal Investigator applying for an ERC Consolidator Grant 2020 (ERC-2020-CoG) choose the appropriate ERC peer review evaluation panel for their proposal?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2020 call, the applicant must choose a primary evaluation panel and may also indicate a secondary evaluation panel. He/she should indicate when he/she believes that his/her 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. For more information on the ERC-2020-CoG call, please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2020.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC-2020-CoG call, for applicants holding both a degree in medicine and a PhD, which degree will be taken into consideration for the calculation of the eligibity window?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2020 (ERC-2020-COG) call, for applicants holding a degree in medicine who have been awarded both a degree in medicine and a PhD, the date used for the calculation of the eligibility period (i.e. medical degree plus two years of PhD award date) is the date of the earliest degree that makes the applicant eligible.

For more information please consult the ERC policy on PhD and equivalent doctoral degrees in the ERC Work Programme 2020 – Annex 2.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2020 (ERC-2020-COG) call, how will the budget table and justification of resources be counted towards the page limit?
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The limit of 15 pages applicable to the ‘Scientific Proposal’ as per the ERC Work Programme 2020 will apply to Part B2 and the descriptive part of the resources ("Section C. Resources"). The text box for the "Section C. Resources" has a maximum length of 8000 characters (including spaces). Please note that 4000 characters, font size 11, single line spacing, correspond to one A4 text page. For instance, if your Part B2 counts 13 pages and your description of resources in the online forms counts 8000 characters (2 pages), you will be at the maximum of the page limit of 15 pages. The budget table itself does not count towards the page limit.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2020 (ERC-2020-CoG) call, is a Principal Investigator holding a Master Degree and no PhD entitled to apply to this call?
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No, according to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2020 call, the Principal Investigator must have been awarded a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree to be eligible. First-professional degrees will not be considered in themselves as PhD-equivalent, even if recipients carry the title "Doctor".

For more information, please consult the ERC policy on PhD and equivalent doctoral degrees in the ERC Work Programme 2020 - Annex 2.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2020 (ERC-2020-CoG) call, is a Medical Doctor degree equivalent to a PhD degree?
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According to the ERC Work Programme 2020, 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 period established for Consolidator Grant in the section "Eligible Principal Investigator(s)".

For more information, see sections 'Eligibility criteria' and 'ERC policy on PhD and equivalent doctoral degrees – Annex 2' of the ERC Work Programme 2020 and section 4.3 of the Information for Applicants document to the Starting and Consolidator Grant 2020 calls.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2020 (ERC-2020-COG) call, where should the applicant include the budget table and justification of resources?
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There has been a change compared to previous calls: the budget table and description of resources have moved from Part B2 to the Part A ‘online submission form’ (Section 3 - Budget). All the resources have to be described and justified in the text box under the online budget table (Section C. Resources).The applicant should NOT include any description of resources or budget table in Part B2.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2020 (ERC-2020-CoG) call, is it possible to choose ERC panels from different domains?
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For the ERC Consolidator Grant 2020, 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. Further explanations can be found in the Information for Applicants document to the Starting and Consolidator Grant 2020 Calls. The primary panel structure and description is also described in Annex 1 to the ERC Work Programme 2020.