A single submission of the full proposal is followed by a two-step evaluation:
ERC Evaluation Pannel:
The peer review evaluation is handled by 27 peer review evaluation panels (ERC panels), covering all fields of science, engineering and scholarship (see panel details and ERC keywords in Annex 4.1). For operational reasons they are subdivided into three main research domains:
- Physical Sciences and Engineering (11 Panels),
- Life Sciences (9 Panels) and,
- Social Sciences and Humanities (7 Panels).
Before the deadline of a call, the names of the 27 panel chairs are published on the ERC website. The names of panel members are published after the evaluation process is concluded. For 2021 and 2022 calls, the panel structure has already been published. Please check the link to the website.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to choose and indicate the most relevant ERC panel (‘primary evaluation panel’) for the evaluation of the proposed research and to indicate one or more ERC keywords representing the research fields involved. The PI may indicate a secondary evaluation panel.
The evaluation procedure is based on the following process:
What is evaluated in STEP 1:
- At Step 1 the extended synopsis together with the PI’s track record and CV will be evaluated (Part B1 – see section 2.3). After a remote evaluation phase each panel meets to discuss all proposals assigned to the panel. Proposals will proceed to Step 2 based on the outcome of the Step 1 evaluation. The maximum number of proposals evaluated by the panel at Step 2 may not exceed three times the panel’s indicative budget. At the end of Step 1 of the evaluation the proposal will receive one of the following scores:
- A score – is of sufficient quality to pass to step 2 of the evaluation,
- B score – is of high quality but not sufficient to pass to step 2 of the evaluation,
- C score – is not of sufficient quality to pass to step 2 of the evaluation.
- At Step 2 the full proposal (Part B1 and Part B2 and Section 3 – Budget, present in the submission form) will be evaluated. After a remote evaluation phase, the panels meet again. Step 2 includes an interview of approximately 30 minutes of each applicant. The first part will be devoted to a presentation on the outline of the research project by the PI. The remaining time will be devoted to a question and answer session. The PI may expect questions also related to the detailed budget table and resources, which is part of the application. The evaluation panels will review the requested budget for proposals recommended for funding and, if appropriate, recommend adjustments. In exceptional and justified cases such as illness, maternity or force majeure, if unable to attend in person, a panel member may participate in the panel meeting remotely by electronic means (video- conferencing or telephone-conferencing), subject to the ERCEA’s agreement.