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TOPIC : ERC Advanced Grant

Topic identifier: ERC-ADG-2015
Publication date: 23 July 2014

Types of action: ERC-ADG Advanced Grant
DeadlineModel:
Opening date:
single-stage
10 February 2015
Deadline: 02 June 2015 17:00:00

Time Zone : (Brussels time)
  Horizon 2020
Topic Description
Scope:

Objectives

Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements. Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.

Size of ERC Advanced Grants

Advanced Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 2 500 000 for a period of 5 years.

However, up to an additional EUR 1 000 000 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 Advanced Grant Principal Investigator

ERC Advanced Grant Principal Investigators are expected to be active researchers and to have a track record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years which must be presented in the application. There is little prospect of an application succeeding in the absence of such a record, which identifies investigators as exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions.

Thus, in most fields, Principal Investigators of Advanced Grant proposals will be expected to demonstrate a record of achievements appropriate to the field and at least matching one or more of the following benchmarks:

-        10 publications as senior author (or in those fields where alphabetic order of authorship is the norm, joint author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, and/or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals and peer-reviewed conferences proceedings of their respective field;

-        3 major research monographs, of which at least one is translated into another language. This benchmark is relevant to research fields where publication of monographs is the norm (e.g. humanities and social sciences).

Other alternative benchmarks that may be considered (individually or in combination) as indicative of an exceptional record and recognition in the last 10 years:

-        5 granted patents;

-        10 invited presentations in well-established internationally organised conferences and advanced schools;

-        3 research expeditions led by the applicant Principal Investigator;

-        3 well-established international conferences or congresses where the applicant was involved in their organisation as a member of the steering and/or organising committee;

-        International recognition through scientific or artistic prizes/awards or membership in well-regarded Academies or artefact with documented use (for example, architectural or engineering design, methods or tools);

-        Major contributions to launching the careers of outstanding researchers;

-        Recognised leadership in industrial innovation.

 

For further information please see the ERC Work Programme 2015.

Topic conditions and documents

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 2015 Work Programme under the heading 'Eligible criteria’ 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 European Research Council (ERC) grants are described in the ERC 2015 Work Programme under the heading 'Eligibility criteria' and in the ERC Rules for Submission and Evaluation 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 2015 Work Programme. A proposal will only be deemed ineligible on grounds of ‘scope’ in clear-cut cases.

    Eligible Principal Investigators.:
    ERC Advanced Grant Principal Investigators are expected to be active researchers and to have a track record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years which must be presented in the application. There is little prospect of an application succeeding in the absence of such a record, which identifies investigators as exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions.

    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.
     
  1. Evaluation

    3.1  Evaluation procedure and criteria: the conditions specific to the European Research Council (ERC) are described in the ERC 2015 Work Programme 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 2015 Work Programme. The panels may be assisted by remote experts.

    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 2015 Work Programme.
     

        3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process: please refer to the ERC Rules for Submission and Evaluation.

 

  1. Proposal page limits and layout:

    Administrative Proposal Submission Forms (including the Ethics Review Table) are 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).

    • 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 15mm. 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.


     
  2. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement: please refer to the ERC 2015 Work Programme under the heading 'Indicative summary of main calls from the 2015 budget'.

     
  3. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the ERC type of action under this topic:

    ERC Advanced Grant:

    Specific provisions and funding rates
    ERC standard proposal template (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)
    ERC standard evaluation form for ADG
    Horizon 2020 Annotated Model Grant Agreement

     
  4. Additional provisions:

    Horizon 2020 budget flexibility: please refer to the ERC 2015 Work Programme under the heading 'Budget'.


     
  5. 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.

    Under Horizon 2020, beneficiaries of ERC grants must ensure open access to all peer-reviewed scientific publications relating to its results. The detailed requirements on open access to publications are contained in the Horizon 2020 Annotated Model Grant Agreement.


     


     

 

Additional documents

  • Legal basis - Framework Programme H2020 en
  • Legal basis - Specific Programme H2020 en
  • ERC - Work Programme 2015 en
  • ERC documents - ERC rules for submission and evaluation en
  • information for applicants to the Advanced Grant 2015 Call_en.pdf en

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