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Q: How do the European Research Council (ERC) principal investigator and beneficiaries acknowledge the research funding received from the European Union and the European Research Council (ERC)?
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The European Research Council (ERC) Grant agreement provides guidance for grant holders on how to acknowledge ERC funding.In any communication activity, the European Union emblem/flag and ERC logo should be displayed and EU/ERC funding acknowledged.

For projects funded by Horizon 2020:

Three different model statements to acknowledge ERC funding and support are provided in the Model Grant Agreement. In particular, for scientific publications and dissemination activities, including open access, Article 29.4 provides the following text:"This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement n° xxxx/".For more information please see Articles 27.3, 28.2, 29.4, 38.1.2 of the ERC Model Grant Agreement for Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants, Advanced Grants (Multi- and Mono-Beneficiary) and for Proof-of-concept (Multi- and Mono-Beneficiary).

For projects funded by the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7):

Two model statements to acknowledge ERC funding and support are provided in the Model Grant Agreement. In particular, a model statement to acknowledge ERC funding in scientific publication and dissemination activities (including open access) is provided in Article II.30:

"The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ ERC gran agreement n° xxxx".

For more information, please see Articles II.3.1.e) and II.3.bis).1.e) respectively, II.12, II.28, II.30 of the General conditions to the ERC Grant Agreement (Single and Multi-Beneficiary) and Articles II.12, II.28 and II.30 of the General Conditions to the ERC CSA Grant Agreement.

 

Q: What are the reporting requirements for an ERC grant?
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The ERC reporting requirements 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 Portal.

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: According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 (ERC-2019-CoG) call, for medical doctors who hold both a medical doctor degree and a PhD, which degree will be taken into consideration for the calculation of the eligibility window?
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According to the conditions of the ERC Consolidator Grant 2019 call, for medical doctors who have been awarded both a medical doctor degree and a PhD, the date of the earliest degree that makes the applicant eligible takes precedence in the calculation of the eligibility time-window (7-12 years after the date of award of the PhD or 9-14 years past the medical doctor degree completion for Consolidators).

For more information, please consult the ERC policy on PhD and equivalent doctoral degrees in the ERC Work Programme 2019 – Annex 2.

Q: Are the open access related rules that apply to ERC grantees any different from those that apply to researchers funded under the rest of Horizon 2020?
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Indeed, although most of the rules applicable to other researchers funded under Horizon 2020 also apply in the same way to researchers funded by the ERC, there are a number of differences. In particular, in the case of the ERC the open access obligations described in Article 29.2 of the Model Grant Agreement apply not only to articles in scientific journals, but also to long-text publications such as monographs, edited volumes, or book chapters.

An overview of the open access related rules for ERC funded researchers can be found on the ERC website. Note that Article 29.2 of the ERC Model Grant Agreement is slightly different from the corresponding article in the general Horizon 2020 Model Grant Agreement. Details on the application of the article to ERC grants can be found in the ERC specific part of the Annotated Model Grant Agreement.

Q: According to the conditions applied to the ERC-2019-ADG (Advanced Grants) call, can a Principal Investigator (PI) carry out more than one proposal at the same time?
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According to the conditions applied to the ERC-2019-ADG call or any other ERC 2019 frontier research Grants, there are three main restrictions to be considered for PIs in this regard:1) 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.2) A researcher may participate as PI 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).3) 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 2019 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 of the ERC-2020-STG (Starting Grant) call, what information should the applicant include in the Section 3 - Budget of the online submission form?
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The budget section contains the table of the proposal budget including the total estimated project costs and the requested EU contribution for the project. The budget table will provide automatically one budget line per beneficiary. The budget is subdivided in personnel costs, travel, equipment, consumables, publications (including any costs related to Open Access), other additional direct costs, internally invoiced goods and services, costs of in kind contributions not used on the beneficiary’s premises, and any envisaged subcontracting costs. The costs should be given in whole Euros (not kilo Euros). Please carefully check all values of the budget table. Please note that while the total estimated eligible costs in the budget table are calculated automatically, the requested EU contribution has to be filled manually.In the resources section you must also indicate the percentage for the working time the Principal Investigator (PI) dedicates to the project over the period of the grant. We recommend applicants to describe and justify the requested resources heading by heading using the terminology of the budget table. If additional funding is requested for the project, describe and justify the request clearly under a separate dedicated heading. Bear in mind that unjustified budgets will be reduced.More explanation can be found in the guidelines of the Information for Applicants to the Starting and Consolidator 2020 Grants (pages 19-20).

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC-2020-STG (Starting Grant) call, how will the budget table and justification of resources be made available to the experts?
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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.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC-2020-STG (Starting Grant) 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 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.Therefore if Section C. Resources was 8000 characters equal to 2 pages, the remaining page limit for Part B2 would be 13 pages.The budget table itself does not count towards the page limit.

Q: According to the conditions of the ERC-2020-STG (Starting Grant) 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.