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Q: ERC - Is it possible to reduce the duration of the project in order to allow the Principal Investigator apply for an ERC Synergy Grant?
A: According to the Ideas Work Programme 2013, a Principal Investigator may hold only one frontier research grant from the ERC at any one time Please note that a request for a reduction of the duration of the project entails a series of consequences: • Usually the project duration once reduced cannot be extended afterwards (even in case of failure in the application/evaluation process). • A request for the reduction of the duration of a project has to be approved by the Scientific Department which will evaluate if the goals of the project can be reached in a shorter time. • Shortening of the project duration might imply a pro-rata reduction of the maximum Union contribution. • If the mid-term scientific report has not yet been submitted, a reorganisation of the scientific reporting period can be also envisaged. This would allow keeping its submission at the middle of the new duration of the project.
For further information please see :  Ideas Work Programme 2013 
Category : ERC - Grant Management ( Amendments )