Draft European Research Council (ERC) Work Programme published

Research and Innovation Development Office

Category: Research news

28 November 2013

The draft European Research Council (ERC) Work Programme for 2014 has been published.

The document is not the finalised ERC Work Programme, which is expected to be published on 11 December 2013. However, it has been approved by EU Member States and is expected to closely resemble the final official version.

The planned call publication and deadline dates in 2014 dates are:

  • Starting Grants: call published on 11 December 2013, deadline on 25 March 2014
  • Consolidator Grants: call published on 11 December 2013, deadline on 20 May 2014
  • Advanced Grants: call published on 17 June 2014, deadline on 21 October 2014

There will be no Synergy Grants call in 2014. The call schedule on p.4 of the document also shows the estimated number of grants to be awarded under each scheme, the indicative budget is outlined, while an initial estimation of the results notification dates is also provided. Finally, indicative deadlines for the 2015 ERC calls are also listed.

The draft Work Programmes describes the ERC funding schemes and rules within sections entitled 'Funding Rates'; 'Eligibility Criteria'; 'Proposal Submission and Description' and 'Evaluation Procedure and Criteria'. There are also profiles for the type of applicant Principal Investigator who the ERC are targeting for each scheme, including the expectations on career achievements.

One change to the ERC's operations in 2014 concerns the rules on resubmission and multiple application, as explained on p.18 of the document. This will mean that only applications deemed to show significant excellence should be considered for submission for the 2014 ERC calls, as:

  • Applicants scoring A at step 1 or step 2 = will be able to resubmit to a 2015 ERC call
  • Applicants scoring B at step 1 or step 2 = will not be able to resubmit to a 2015 ERC call
  • Applicants scoring C at step 1 or step 2 = will not be able to resubmit to a 2015 or 2016 ERC call

Other key ERC principles described in the draft Work Programme, such as on the type of research to be funded or the evaluation process, show no real changes compared to how the ERC operated in FP7.

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