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Horizon 2020 – Excellent Science – ERC Grants

H2020

ERC funding schemes are open to excellent researchers of any nationality who wish to carry out their frontier research in the EU Member States or associated countries.

Background

The European Research Council’s grant programme consists of actions under Part I of the ‘Excellent Science’ pillar of Horizon 2020 , the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2014–2020.

Part I of the Excellent Science pillar relates to the specific objective ‘Strengthening Europe’s science base in frontier research’.

Objectives of Fund

The European Research Council (ERC) aims to provide attractive, long-term funding to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue ground-breaking, high gain and high risk research.

Research funded by the ERC is expected to lead to advances at the frontiers of knowledge and to set a clear and inspirational target for frontier research across Europe.

Value Notes

The indicative budget for the 2014 Call is €15 million.

Up to 100% of total eligible and approved direct costs, and flat-rate financing of indirect costs of a maximum of 25% of the total eligible direct costs, is available.

Grant levels vary as follows:

ERC Starting Grants

  • Up to a maximum of €1.5 million for a period of five years.
  • Additionally, up to €500,000 can be requested to cover:
    • 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.
    • Purchase of major equipment.
    • Access to large facilities.

Consolidator Grants

  • Up to a maximum of €2 million for a period of five years.
  • Additionally, up to €750,000 can be requested to cover:
    • 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.
    • Purchase of major equipment.
    • Access to large facilities.

Advanced Grants

  • Up to a maximum of €2.5 million for a period of five years.
  • Additionally, up to €1 million can be requested to cover:
    • 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.
    • Purchase of major equipment.
    • Access to large facilities.

Proof of Concept Grant

  • Up to a maximum of €150,000 for a period of 18 months.
  • The ERC expects that normally, proof of concept projects should be completed within 12 months.

Who Can Apply

Principal Investigators of any nationality may apply to carry out research in a host institution established in an EU Member State or Associated Country. Public or private institutions, including universities, research organisations and undertakings can host the Principal Investigator.

The researcher may be residing in any country in the world at the time of application, but the host institution must be in an EU Member state or Associated Country. The grant is awarded to the institution that engages and hosts the Principal Investigator.

In certain conditions team members may be based outside of the EU or an Associated Country.

The following specific eligibility criteria apply:

  • Starting Grant - The Principal Investigator should have been awarded his/her first PhD more than two years, and less than seven years prior to the Call for Proposals. Applicants are expected to have produced at least one important publication without the participation of their PhD supervisor.
  • Consolidator Grant - The Principal Investigator should have been awarded his/her first PhD more than seven, and less than twelve years prior to the Call for Proposals. Applicants are expected to have produced several important publications without the participation of their PhD supervisor.
  • Advanced Grant - applicants are expected to be active researchers and to have a track record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years.
  • Proof of Concept Grant - All Principal Investigators in an ERC frontier research project, that is either ongoing or has ended less than 12 months before the publication date of a Call for Proposals, are eligible to apply.

Location

EU Member State or Associated Country

Terms and Conditions

  1. A Principal Investigator may submit only one proposal to the ERC for ERC frontier research grant calls made under the same Work Programme.
  2. A Principal Investigator whose proposal was evaluated as category C in the Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grant calls for proposals under Work Programme 2013 may not submit a proposal to the Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grant calls for proposals made under Work Programme 2014.
  3. A researcher may participate as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator in only one ERC frontier research project at any one time.
  4. A researcher participating as Principal Investigator in an ERC frontier research project may not submit a proposal for another ERC frontier research grant, unless the existing project ends no more than two years after the call deadline.
  5. A Principal Investigator who is a serving Panel Member for a 2014 ERC call or who served as a Panel Member for a 2012 ERC call may not apply to a 2014 ERC call for the same type of grant.
  6. A Principal Investigator whose proposal is evaluated as category C in the Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grant calls for proposals under Work Programme 2014 may not submit a proposal to the Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grant calls for proposals made under Work Programme 2015 and 2016.
  7. A Principal Investigator whose proposal is finally evaluated as category B in the Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grant calls for proposals under Work Programme 2014 may not submit a proposal to the Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grant calls for proposals made under Work Programme 2015.

Eligible Expenditure

Applications may be made in any field of research. Support is available for frontier research.

Proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries, pioneering ideas that address new and emerging fields and applications that introduce unconventional, innovative approaches are particularly encouraged.

Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.

The following grants are available:

ERC Starting Grant - designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme.

Consolidator Grant - designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they may still be consolidating their own independent research team or programme.

Advanced Grant - 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.

Proof of Concept Grant - funding for further work (ie activities which were not scheduled to be funded by the original ERC frontier research grant) to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC funded projects.

How To Apply

Deadlines are as follows:

  • Advanced Grant – 21 October 2014
  • Proof of Concept Grant – 1 October 2014

There will be no Call for Synergy Grants in 2014.

Frequency: Annual and biannual

Link to guidelines: http://erc.europa.eu/funding-and-grants

Useful information

Applications are made online through the Participants Portal. A Guide for Applicants is published for each Call for Proposals which describes in detail how the electronic forms should be completed.

Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grant proposals are submitted by the Principal Investigator who has scientific responsibility for the project, on behalf of the host institution. A single submission of the full proposal will be followed by a two-step evaluation. The evaluation will be conducted by high level peer review panels. Applicant Principal Investigators can request during the electronic proposal submission that up to three specific persons should not act as a peer reviewer in the evaluation of their proposal.

Proof of Concept Grant proposals are submitted by the Principal Investigator who has responsibility for the proposed activities, on behalf of the host institution which is the applicant legal entity. Proposals should provide detailed descriptions of the project, its objectives, planning, execution, and required resources.

Information taken from Grantfinder, Idox.

ERC releases a new video ‘Step by step to ERC grants

ERCIf you are considering submitting a proposal to the European Research Council (ERC) then this latest film, released yesterday by the ERC, will give you an overview of the schemes and what the ERC are looking for.

ERC Grants support individual researchers of any nationality and age who wish to pursue their frontier research. The ERC encourages in particular proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries, pioneering ideas that address new and emerging fields and applications that introduce unconventional, innovative approaches.

The film is just over 5 minutes long (5.20munites) so will not take up much time and will help break down the comprehensive guidance found on their website and call documents.

The film can be found here: ‘Step by Step to ERC Grants

New Deadline iCalendar for Horizon 2020

A new iCalendar has been produced by the European Commission, providing up-to-date information on Horizon 2020 deadlines for the next two years.

The iCalendar, which can be accessed through the Participant Portal will be kept up-to-date centrally by the EC and can also be downloaded to be used with Microsoft Outlook.

To access the iCalendar, you simply need to click on the calendar icons located next to ‘Calls’ and ‘Call Updates’ on the left hand side of the Participant Portal’s ‘Funding Opportunities’ page.

Source: UKRO

UKRO to Visit Lincoln on the 25th February

The University of Lincoln’s UK Research Office European Advisor, Edward Heelas, will be visiting the university on Tuesday 25th February. The agenda for the day has now been finalised and is as follows: 

Time Session
9:00-10:30 Horizon 2020 Overview
10:30-11 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30pm Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (NCP:UKRO*)
12:30-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-3:00pm European Research Council (NCP:UKRO*)

The UK Research Office (http://www.ukro.ac.uk/Pages/UKRO.aspx) is the Europe-based office of RCUK, providing information and advice on European Union funding for research and higher education. In addition to supporting UK universities with the new Horizon 2020 funding programme, UKRO are also the UK National Contact Point for the prestigious European Research Council funding grants and the Marie Curie schemes within Horizon 2020.

All will take place in Think Tank in the Orange Room. Attendance is open to all University of Lincoln Academic and Support staff. If you would like to attend any or all of the above please email research@lincoln.ac.uk with details of what which sessions.

ERC – Starting Grants – Information and Proposal Writing Events

 

In its capacity as UK National Contact Point for the European Research Council, the UK Research Office, in partnership with the hosting institutions, is holding three information and proposal writing events for researchers who are interested in applying for the 2014 ERC Starting Grants call.

Each session will provide participants with an in-depth overview of the Starting Grant scheme. Participants should gain a deeper understanding of the proposal format and the key issues relating to planning, writing and costing a proposal. The sessions are aimed at researchers based in, or moving to, the UK who are planning to submit a proposal to the Starting Grants call. Attendance at these events will be free of charge, and places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

To be eligible for the 2014 Starting Grant call, the applicant Principal Investigator must have been awarded their PhD between 2 and 7 years prior to the publication date of the call (11 December 2013). This is extendable up to 11.5 years in certain cases. The call deadline is very likely to be on 25 March 2014.

The sessions will be held as follows:

  • University of Birmingham, Friday 10 January 2014 - The session will start at 11:00 (with registration from 10:30) and close at 15.00
  • University of Edinburgh, Tuesday 14 January 2014 -  The session will start at 11:00 (with registration from 10:30) and close at 15.00
  • Natural History Museum, London, Wednesday 15 January 2014 - The session will start at 11:00 (with registration from 10:30) and close at 15.00

Further information about the events and the venues will be communicated to delegates once registered.

Further information
Events registration page:
http://www.ukro.ac.uk/erc/events/Pages/stg_events.aspx