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Call for proposals for ERC Starting Grant

ERC-2014-STG
Opening Date 11-12-2013 Deadline Date 27-03-2014 17:00:00 (Brussels local time)
Publication date 11-12-2013 Total Call Budget €485,039,385
Programme Horizon 2020
Status Closed Main Pillar Excellent Science
OJ reference OJ C361/9 of 11 December 2013

Topic: ERC Starting Grant ERC-StG-2014

Objectives

ERC Starting Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.

Size of ERC Starting Grants

Starting Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 1 500 000 for a period of 5 years.

However, up to an additional EUR 500 000 can be requested in the proposal to cover (a) eligible "start-up" costs for Principal Investigators moving to the EU or an Associated Country from elsewhere as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant and/or (b) the purchase of major equipment and/or (c) access to large facilities.

Profile of the ERC Starting Grant Principal Investigator

The Principal Investigator shall have been awarded their first PhD at least 2 and up to 7 years prior to the publication date of the call for proposals of the ERC Starting Grant. The effective elapsed time since the award of the first PhD can be reduced in certain properly documented circumstances.

A competitive Starting Grant Principal Investigator must have already shown the potential for research independence and evidence of maturity. For example, it is expected that applicants will have produced at least one important publication without the participation of their PhD supervisor. Applicant Principal Investigators should also be able to demonstrate a promising track record of early achievements appropriate to their research field and career stage, including significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals of their respective field. They may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted patents, awards, prizes etc.

For further information please see the ERC Work Programme 2014.

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application.

1) List of countries and applicable rules for funding: the conditions specific to the ERC are described in the ERC Work Programme 2014 under the headings 'Eligible Principal Investigator', 'Eligible Host Institution' and in 'Annex 3'. An overview is provided below:

The ERC actions are open to researchers of any nationality who intend to conduct their research activity in any Member State or Associated Country. Principal Investigators may be of any age and nationality and may reside in any country in the world at the time of the application. ERC Principal Investigators do not have to be based full-time in Europe.

The host institution must either be established in an EU Member State or Associated Country as a legal entity created under national law, or it may be an International European Interest Organisation (such as CERN, EMBL, etc.), the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) or any other entity created under EU law.

2) Eligibility conditions: the conditions specific to the European Research Council (ERC) are described in the ERC Work Programme 2014 under the heading 'Eligibility criteria' and in the ERC Rules for Submission under Section 2.2.  An overview is provided below:

Eligible proposals
All proposals must be complete and be submitted before the relevant call deadline. A complete proposal entails all parts or sections. Incomplete proposals may be declared ineligible.

The content of the proposal must relate to the objectives and to the grant type set out in the call, as defined in the ERC Work Programme 2014. A proposal will only be deemed ineligible on grounds of ‘scope’ in clear-cut cases.

Eligible Principal Investigator
The Principal Investigator shall have been awarded their first PhD (or equivalent doctoral degree) at least 2 and up to 7 years prior to the publication date of the call for proposals of the ERC Starting Grant. The effective elapsed time since the award of the first PhD can be reduced in certain properly documented circumstances.

Eligible Host Institution
The host institution must engage the Principal Investigator for at least the duration of the project, as defined in the grant agreement. It must either be established in an EU Member State or Associated Country as a legal entity created under national law, or it may be an International European Interest Organisation (such as CERN, EMBL, etc.), the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) or any other entity created under EU law. Any type of legal entity, public or private, including universities, research organisations and undertakings can host Principal Investigators and their teams.


3) Evaluation

3.1_Evaluation procedure and criteria: the conditions specific to the European Research Council (ERC) are described in the ERC Work Programme 2014 under the heading 'Evaluation procedure and criteria'. An overview is provided below:

Evaluation procedure
A single submission of the full proposal will be followed by a two-step evaluation. The evaluation will be conducted by means of a structure of high level peer review panels as listed in Annex 1 of the ERC Work Programme 2014. The panels may be assisted by remote referees.

Evaluation criteria
For all ERC frontier research grants, excellence is the sole criterion of evaluation. It will be applied to the evaluation of both the research project and the Principal Investigator in conjunction. The detailed evaluation elements applying to the excellence of the research project and the Principal Investigator are set out in the ERC Work Programme 2014.
 

3.2_Guide to the submission and evaluation process: Please refer to the ERC Rules for Submission.

4) Proposal page limits and layout:

- Administrative Proposal Submission forms (including Ethics Review Table) available online via the Participant Portal Submission System (PPSS) - pre-registration is required first.
- The Research Proposal (Parts B1 and B2) (available on this page under Section 6 below and as word-templates in PPSS) should be uploaded and submitted via PPSS as PDF files.

Proposal part B1:

  • Extended Synopsis: 5 pages
  • Curriculum Vitae: 2 pages
  • Funding ID: no page limits
  • Track Record: 2 pages

Proposal part B2

  • Scientific Proposal: 15 pages

- Host Institution Binding Statement of Support (available on this page under Section 6 below and as a word-template in PPSS)
- PhD record and, if applicable, supporting documentation for eligibility checking (for Starting and Consolidator Grants only).
- Ethics review self-assessment (if applicable) and supporting documentation
 

The minimum font size allowed is 11 points. The page size is A4 (with single line spacing). Side margins should be at least 20 mm and the bottom and top margins at least 15 mm. Ensure that the font type chosen is clearly readable (e.g. Arial or Times New Roman).

Experts will be instructed to disregard any excess pages.

5) Indicative timeline for evaluation and grant management: Please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2014 under the heading 'Indicative summary of main calls from the 2014 budget'.

6) Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for ERC type of action under this topic:

ERC Starting Grant:
Specific provisions and funding rates
ERC standard proposal template (administrative forms and research proposal)
ERC standard evaluation form for STG/COG
Annotated Model Grant Agreement
 

7) Additional provisions

Horizon 2020 budget flexibility: Please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2014 under the heading 'Budget'.

8) Open access: The ERC supports the principle of open access to the published output of research, including peer-reviewed articles, monographs, data and data related products such as computer codes, as a fundamental part of its mission. The ERC considers that providing free online access can be the most effective way of ensuring that the fruits of the research it funds can be accessed, read and used as the basis for further research.

The terms and conditions laid down in the ERC Model Grant Agreement will address how scientific publications must be made available through open access. The ERC also considers it essential that data and data-related products, such as computer codes, be deposited in the relevant databases as soon as possible, although this is not a formal requirement of the Grant Agreement. 

Additional documents

You can download the same documents as one zip file from the call page

  • Flash Call Info en
  • ERC documents - ERC Work Programme en
  • ERC documents - ERC rules for submission and evaluation en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Rules for Participation en
  • Information for Applicants to the Starting and Consolidator Grant 2014 Calls en

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