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The ERC Synergy Grant (SyG) was reintroduced in the 2018 ERC work program. Based on the work program and on our past experience in the previous rounds of the ERC Synergy Grant in 2012 and 2013,  this is what you should know about this unique…

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When considering applying to the ERC, one must pay attention to the potential penalties involved with rejection of the ERC application. These penalties are essentially ‘blocking periods’ in which a PI cannot reapply to the ERC. These blocking periods typically consist of 1 or 2…

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The support bottleneck ERC is a personal grant, but the proposal preparation process is not. Many researchers need assistance in various aspects of the proposal preparation, either technical or conceptual – from initial discussion on the concept through editing and proofreading the proposal, budget planning…

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Although many ERC Advanced Grant (AdG) applicants are distinguished and excellent researchers, proposing excellent science, there are a few critical points which are often more challenging when it comes to AdG applications compared to ERC Consolidator Grant (CoG) and Starting Grant (StG) applications. ERC applicants…

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“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” – Aristotle The ERCRA has recently announced that it is going to reinstitute the ERC Synergy Grant (SyG) in 2018. The ERC Synergy Grant call was opened only twice in the past (in 2012 and 2013)….

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Why do I need consulting when applying to ERC? The ERC special characteristics – the hypothesis- and investigator-driven, high-risk, high-gain and non-incremental attributes – contribute to the complexity of ERC. The single criterion of ‘Excellence’ is not defined and can be perceived as vague and…

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ERC is looking for high-risk, high-gain, investigator and hypothesis-driven projects. In this article we will focus on the ‘hypothesis-driven’ attribute of ERC. Our experience shows that the ‘hypothesis-driven’ requirement happens to be more challenging than expected. There are various forms of this phenomenon, to name…

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Following the deadline of the ERC 2017 Starting Grant, we would like to highlight and share some of the lessons learnt. We have noticed a reoccurring misunderstanding regarding the nature of ERC, especially when compared to other national grants. This misunderstanding was evident in about…

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