Parts of an ERC Starting & Consolidator Grant Proposal
A proposal to ERC SG/CG is compound of the following parts:
- Administrative information
- Detailed budget table (evaluated at STEP 2 of evaluation process)
- Description of resources (evaluated at STEP 2 of evaluation process)
- Time commitment
Part B1 (evaluated at STEP 1 and STEP 2 of evaluation process)
- Extended synopsis (maximum 5 pages): should contain all essential information including the feasibility of the scientific proposal since the panel will only evaluate Part B1 at Step 1. References should be included (they do not count towards the page limits). Sections to be covered in the synopsis:
- The idea.
- Its ground breaking features.
- ObjectivesScientific feasibility.
- Underline the high risk and high gain of the project.
- Curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages): should follow the suggested template. Include (and explain) any career breaks or unconventional career paths, so that your career stage is fairly assessed by the evaluation panels. In the funding ID table you should list your current research grants and their subject as well as on-going and submitted grant applications (this table will not count towards the page limits).
- Track Record (maximum 2 pages): should list your important achievements, including your most important publications (up to five for Starting Grant) highlighting those as main author and/or without the co-authorship of your PhD supervisor. The publications should be properly referenced, including all authors in the published order (Please see section 1.1 on Research integrity). Field relevant bibliometric indicators as well as research monographs and any translations thereof may also be included. If applicable include: granted patent(s); invited presentations to internationally established conferences and/or international advanced schools; Prizes/Awards/Academy memberships etc.
Part B2 (evaluated at STEP 2 of evaluated process)
- Scientific Proposal (14 pages maximum):
Section a: State-of-the-art and objectives.
Specify the proposal objectives in the context of the state of the art in the research field. It should be clear how and why the proposed work is important for the field, and what impact it will have if successful, such as how it may open up new horizons or opportunities for science, technology or scholarship. Specify any particularly challenging or unconventional aspects of the proposal, including multi- or inter-disciplinary aspects.
Section b: Methodology.
Describe the proposed methodology in detail including any key intermediate goals. Explain and justify the methodology in relation to the state of the art, and particularly novel or unconventional aspects addressing the ‘high-risk/high-gain’ balance. Highlight any intermediate stages where results may require adjustments to the project planning. In case you ask that team members are engaged by another host institution, their participation has to be fully justified by the scientific added value they bring to the project.
- Mandatory supporting documentation:
- PhD Certificate
- HI Support letter (use the template for the call)
- Any relevant document for elegibility.
If applicable supporting documentation related to ethics and security issues.
|Documents in part B should follow the following formats: A4 page format, Times New Roman, Arial or similar, Font size of at least 11, single line spacing and 2cm side and 1,5 bottom margins.|
Budget and Resources:
– Budget Structure:
The ERC funds up to 100% of the total eligible costs. The costs cover the full project duration. This includes the direct costs of the project plus a flat-rate financing of indirect costs calculated as 25% of the total eligible direct costs (excluding the direct eligible costs for subcontracting, financial support to third parties and any unit costs or lump sums which include indirect costs). The flat rate is automatically calculated by the system.
The budget is subdivided in different cost categories:
- Direct personnel costs (PI, senior staff, post docs, students, other personnel costs).
- Subcontracting costs (no indirect costs).
- Purchase costs [travel and subsistence, equipment (including major equipment), consumables (including fieldwork and animal costs), publications (including any costs related to Open Access fees) and dissemination, and other additional direct costs].
- Internally invoiced goods and services (no indirect costs).
To facilitate the assessment of resources by the panels:
- State the amount of funding considered necessary to fulfil the research objectives. The project cost estimation should be as accurate as possible. The requested budget should be fully justified and in proportion to the actual needs. Describe all the cost categories considered necessary for the project. The evaluation panels assess the estimated costs carefully; unjustified budgets will be reduced.
- Describe the size and nature of the team, indicating, where appropriate, the key team members and their roles. The participation of team members engaged by other host institutions should be justified and in relation to the additional financial cost this may impose. When estimating your personnel costs take into account the dedicated working time to run the project.
- Explain and describe in detail any additional requested funding requested for the project (the requested additional funding should be included in the budget table). Please also indicate under which of the above-mentioned four cost categories the request falls within.
- Include a short technical description of any requested equipment, why you need it and how much you plan to use it for the project.
- Include a realistic estimation of the costs for Open Access to project outputs. Costs for providing immediate Open Access to publications (article processing charges/book processing charges) are eligible if they are incurred during the lifetime of the project.
- Describe any existing resources not requiring EU funding that will be used for the project, such as infrastructure and equipment.
- If applicable, specify the cost items covered by your ‘Other personnel costs’ category and the cost items covered by your ‘Other additional direct costs’ category.