During each step of the ERC Starting Grant 2022 evaluation, the two main elements of the proposal (Principal Investigator and research project) will be evaluated and rated. At the end of each evaluation step, the proposals will be ranked by the panels on the basis of the panels' overall appreciation of their strengths and weaknesses.
At the end of Step 1 of the evaluation, on the basis of the assessment of Part B 1, the proposal will receive one of the following scores:
- A, is of sufficient quality to pass to Step 2 of the evaluation;
- B, is of high quality but not sufficient to pass to Step 2 of the evaluation;
- or C, is not of sufficient quality to pass to Step 2 of the evaluation.
At the end of Step 2 of the evaluation, on the basis of the assessment of the full research proposal, applicants will be informed of one of the following scores for their proposal either:
- A, fully meets the ERC's excellence criterion and is recommended for funding if sufficient funds are available;
- or B, meets some but not all elements of the ERC's excellence criterion and will not be funded.
Once the evaluation of their proposal has been completed, applicants to all grants will receive an evaluation report which will include the final panel score and ranking range, the panel comment and the assessment of the evaluation elements by each individual independent external expert.
More information on the results of the peer review evaluation can be found in the ERC Rules of submission and evaluation under Horizon Europe (section 3.8 'Feedback to applicants').