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Q: ERC - Can a researcher who is nearing retirement apply for the ERC Advanced Grant?
A: Yes, an experienced researcher is welcome to apply for an ERC Advanced at any stage of his/her career if (s)he can prove - independently of his/her age - that (s)he is (still) an active researcher with recent outstanding results. As stated in the Ideas Work Programme 2013, Principal Investigators may be of any age and nationality and may reside in any country in the world at the time of the application. The commitment and official support of a Host Institution is nevertheless required for the whole duration of the grant.For more information, see sections 2.4, 2.6, and 3.3.2 of the Ideas Work Programme 2013  or the ERC Guide for Applicants relevant for the call.?  
For further information please see :  Ideas Work Programme 2013 
Category : ERC - Principal Investigator ( Advanced Grants (AdG) )