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Q: For ERC Grant schemes: There is some confusion here on setting up the budget for an ERC AdG proposal. In the Guide for applicants, it is mentioned: "take into account the percentage of your dedicated time (min 30%) to run the ERC funded activity when calculating your personnel costs". However, if the wage of a PI is already paid for by the host institution, is it absolutely mandatory to include his/her wage in the ERC budget? Or can the budget be set up only by personnel costs for additional researchers?
A: It is not a requirement to apply for the (partial) reimbursement of the salary of the PI. The ERC Guide for applicants obviously refers to the rule that reimbursement of salary is possible to the extent of the time actually spent on project related activities. So, if the wage of the PI is already paid for by the host institution, is it not absolutely mandatory to include his/her wage in the ERC budget. The budget could be set up only by personnel costs for additional researchers. As stated in the ERC Work Programme (available on the ERC website at URL: http://erc.europa.eu/pdf/l-wp-201101_en.pdf , chapter 4.10, in the evaluation criteria: the Principal Investigator should be strongly committed to the project and willing to devote a significant amount of time to it (they will be expected to devote at least 30% of their working time to the ERC-funded project and spend at least 50% of their total working time in an EU Member State or associated country.
For further information please see :  Work programme on CORDIS 
Category : ERC grant schemes