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Q: For ERC projects under FP7, is it acceptable to provide open access only to the most important publications related to my ERC project?
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For ERC projects under FP7, it is not acceptable to selectively provide open access. Open access should be ensured (and ERC should be acknowledged) in all peer-reviewed scientific publications relating to the ERC project results.

Q: How can the EU emblem be used by beneficiaries of EU programmes and other third parties?
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The European Union has a range of programmes which have been set up to support projects and initiatives in various domains across the EU and beyond.In accordance with the Commission's guidelines on visual identity, all EU programmes must be identified exclusively by the EU emblem and the mention of the programme name.The names of programmes, such as Horizon 2020 and FP7, will be used as verbal brands, i.e. references to them will be made without a specific logo.Commission services will apply the Commission’s visual identity guidelines when communicating about EU programmes. Beneficiaries of EU funding will use the European emblem in their communication to acknowledge the support received under EU programmes.The guidelines mentioned below are intended for beneficiaries of EU funding and other third parties who communicate about EU programmes to show how the European Union emblem can be used in conjunction with text which highlights the fact of EU funding.

For further information please see :  The use of the EU emblem in the context of EU programmes - Guidelines for beneficiaries and other third parties 

Q: What are the rules regarding using the EU flag as a logo?
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The European emblem (flag) may be used by third parties only if is not:

  • likely to create confusion between the user and the European Union or the Council of Europe;
  • linked to aims or activities incompatible with the principles and objectives of the European Union or the Council of Europe.In the case of EU-funded projects:
  • logos that are developed for projects funded by the EU, and that are not owned by the EU, may not be identical or similar to the European emblem (this includes logos that incorporate the twelve stars);
  • the European emblem should be given appropriate prominence when displayed in association with a logo;
  • contractors are exempt from the obligation to obtain prior permission from the Commission to use the emblem, but are subject to the general third-party-use restrictions mentioned above. This tacit authorization to use the European emblem implies no right of exclusive use. It does not permit the appropriation of the emblem, or of any similar trade mark or logo, whether by registration or by any other means.For further information please see :  Europa - The European Flag  (see the Graphics guide to the European flag link for more details)
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 Funding & Tenders 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 Funding & Tenders 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 Funding & Tenders 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 portal. A practical user guide on FORCE can be found here.

Q: I am preparing communication activities in the sense of Article 38.1.1 of the Grant Agreement: who I need to inform in the European Research Council (ERC) and when?
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Before engaging in communication activities expected to have a major media impact, European Research Council (ERC) grantees (beneficiaries/participants) must inform the ERC Executive Agency via their project officers or via the mailbox ERC-PRESS@ec.europa.eu.
Q: Where can I find the European Research Council (ERC) logo and when can I use it?
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The European Research Council (ERC) logo and European emblem can be downloaded from the ERC website logos and banners page. The ERC logo can be used by beneficiaries of ERC funding support for the sole purpose of acknowledging that suppport. No explicit permission is necessary to use the ERC logo in this case.
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.