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ERC Advanced Grants for International Researchers, 2014

Applications are invited for ERC Advance Grant available to researchers of any nationality who intend to conduct their research activity in any Member State or Associated Country. Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent Principal Investigators at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognized track record of research achievements. Applicant Principal Investigators must demonstrate the ground breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal. Grants are awarded to the host institution that engages and hosts the PI. The PI will be employed by the host institution. Advanced Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of EUR 2 500 000 for a period of 5 years. The applications must be submitted by 21 October, 2014.

Study Subject(s): The call ‘ERC-2014-AdG’ consists of one call with a single deadline applying to the three main research domains: Physical Sciences & Engineering (Panels PE1-PE10), Life Sciences (Panels LS1-LS9), and Social Sciences & Humanities (Panels SH1-SH6). Applications can be made in any field of research with particular emphasis on the frontiers of science, scholarship and engineering. In particular, proposals of an interdisciplinary nature, which cross the boundaries between different fields of research, pioneering proposals addressing new and emerging fields of research or proposals introducing unconventional, innovative approaches and scientific inventions are encouraged.
Course Level: Grants are available to conduct research activity in any Member State or Associated Country.
Scholarship Provider: European Research Council (ERC)
Award can be taken at: EU Member State or Associated Country (The EU Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom. The Associated Countries are: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Faroe Islands, FYR Macedonia, Iceland, Israel, Montenegro, Norway, Republic of Moldova, Serbia and Turkey. Other countries may become associated during the course of H2020).

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Eligibility:
-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. Furthermore, Principal Investigators of Advanced Grant proposals will be expected to demonstrate a record of achievements appropriate to the field. Applicants are encouraged to evaluate their track-record and leadership potential against the benchmarks listed in the ERC Work Programme 2014 (see Profile of the ERC Advanced Grant PI) that have been adopted by the Scientific Council, in order to decide for themselves their likelihood for success, thus avoiding investing effort in proposals that are very unlikely to succeed.
-The host institution must engage the Principal Investigator for at least the duration of the project, as defined in the ERC model grant agreement. It must either be established in an EU Member State or Associated Country as a legal entity created under national law, or it may be an International European Interest Organisation (such as CERN, EMBL, etc.), the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) or any other entity created under EU law. Any type of legal entity, public or private, including universities, research organisations and undertakings can host Principal Investigators and their teams.

Open for International Students: Grants are open to researchers of any nationality.

Description:  ERC Advanced GrantsThe ERC Work Programme 2014 sets out the Objectives and Principles of ERC funding. ERC 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. This action is open to researchers of any nationality who intend to conduct their research activity in any EU Member State or Associated Country.

Number of award(s): Not Known

Duration of award(s): Advanced Grants may be awarded up to a maximum period of 5 years.

What does it cover? Advanced Grants has a value of EUR 2 500 000. 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 to the EU or an Associated Country from elsewhere as a consequence of receiving the ERC grant, and/or (b) the purchase of major equipment and/or (c) access to large facilities. The European Union financial contribution will take the form of the reimbursement of up to 100% of the total eligible and approved direct costs and of a flat-rate financing of indirect costs of 25% of the total eligible direct costs.

Selection Criteria: For all ERC frontier research grants, excellence is the sole criterion of evaluation. It will be applied to the evaluation of both the research project and the Principal Investigator in conjunction.

Notification: Not Known

How to apply: Proposals must be submitted electronically via the web-based Participant Portal Submission Service (PPSS).

Application Deadline: The application deadline is 21 October, 2014.

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