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What are the reporting requirements for an European Research Council (ERC) Proof of Concept (PoC) grant under FP7?

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.

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?

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)).

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)?

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.

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?

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.

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?

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).

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?

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).

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?

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.

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?

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


Final evaluation score

Can the Principal Investigator resubmit in 2016?




If a researcher has less than ten years of research experience, can (s)he apply to the call ERC-2017-ADG?

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.

Can only PhD holders apply to the call ERC-2017-ADG?

No, a PhD is not formally required to submit a proposal to the ERC Advanced Grant (AdG) 2017 call. As specified in the ERC Work Programme 2017, excellence is the sole criterion for the evaluation of a proposal.
However, a Principal Investigator is expected to have outstanding research results within the last 10 years.
For more information, please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2017: Advanced Grant profile or the Information for Applicants relevant for the call.