Advanced Grant (AdG)

Will be open on May 16 2017. Deadline: August 31st, 2017

 

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 (pro rata for projects of shorter duration22). 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 from a another country to the EU or an Associated Country as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant, and/or (b) the purchase of major equipment and/or (c) access to large facilities23.

 

THE PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Principal Investigators for the prestigious ERC Advanced Grant 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

• 3 major research monographs

• 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; 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; Major contributions to launching the careers of outstanding researchers;

• Ten-year track-record

If a Principal Investigator so chooses, their achievements over a longer period than the past ten years can be considered in the following circumstances which should be highlighted in the CV: For maternity, the track record considered can be extended by 18 months for each child born before or during the last ten years. For paternity, the track record considered can be extended by the actual amount of paternity leave taken for each child born before or during the last ten years. For long-term illness, clinical qualification or national service the track record considered can be extended by the amount of leave taken for each incident which occurred during the last ten years. The track record considered should not in any case surpass 14 years and six months.

 

EXPECTED TIME COMMITMENT

The question of whether the Principal Investigator demonstrates the level of commitment to the project necessary for its execution and demonstrates the willingness to devote a significant amount of time to the project forms a key part of the evaluation. Principal Investigators funded through the ERC Advanced Grants shall spend a minimum 30% of their total working time on the ERC project and a minimum of 50% of their total working time in an EU Member State or Associated Country. Principal Investigators shall ensure a sufficient time commitment and presence throughout the course of the project to guarantee its proper execution.

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