ERC-Proof of Concept-2016
Call Identifier: ERC-PoC-2016
Publication Date: 22/10/2015
Budget: 20,000,000 €
Deadline: 4/10/2016 17:00  Brussels local Time
Cut-off dates:16 February 2016//26 May 2016 //04 October 2016
Specific Programme(s): Excellent Science
Theme(s): European Research Council
Participant Portal

ERC Work Programme 2016


Topic conditions and documents

Please read carefully all provisions below before the preparation of your application (for more detailed information please refer to the Information for Applicants to the Proof of Concept Grant 2016 Call and the Frequently Asked Questions -FAQs):


1. List of countries and applicable rules for funding: The conditions specific to the ERC are described in the ERC Work Programme 2016 under the heading 'Eligibility criteria' and in 'Annex 3'.

2. Eligibility conditions: The conditions specific to the European Research Council (ERC) are described in the ERC Work Programme 2016 under the heading 'Eligibility criteria' and in the ERC Rules for Submission and Evaluation under Section 2.4. An overview is provided below:

Eligible proposals: All proposals must be complete and be submitted before the relevant call deadline. Incomplete proposals may be declared ineligible.
The content of the proposal must relate to the objectives and to the grant type set out in the call, as defined in this work programme. A proposal will only be deemed ineligible on grounds of ‘scope’ in clear-cut cases.

Eligible Principal Investigator: All Principal Investigators in an ERC frontier research project, that is either on going or has ended less than 12 months before the opening date of this call, are eligible to participate and apply for an ERC Proof of Concept Grant.
A Principal Investigator whose proposal was rejected on the grounds of a breach of research integrity in the calls for proposals under Work Programmes 2014 or 2015 may not submit a proposal to the calls for proposals made under 
Work Programme 2016.

Eligible Host Institution: The host institution (Applicant Legal Entity) must engage the Principal Investigator for at least the duration of the proof of concept project as defined in the grant agreement and must be established in a Member State or an Associated Country. It may also be an International European Interest Organisation (such as CERN, EMBL, etc.), the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), or an entity created under EU law. Any type of legal entity, public or private, including universities, research organisations as well as undertakings can host the Principal Investigator and his/her team.
Please also refer to Annex 3 of the 
ERC Work Programme 2016 - Countries Associated to Horizon 2020 and Restrictions Applying to Some Legal Entities Established in Certain Third Countries.

3. Evaluation 

3.1  Evaluation procedure and criteria: the conditions specific to the European Research Council (ERC) are described in the 
ERC Work Programme 2016 under the heading 'Evaluation procedure and criteria'. An overview is provided below:

Evaluation procedure
A single-stage submission and single-step evaluation procedure will be used. The evaluation will be conducted by independent experts. These experts may work remotely and may if necessary meet as an evaluation panel as set out below on the application of the evaluation criteria.

Evaluation criteria
Proof of Concept Grants are awarded in relation to an existing ERC-funded project which has already been evaluated on the basis of excellence as the sole criterion. The evaluation criteria for selection of proposals for Proof of Concept Grants are excellence, impact and quality and efficiency of the implementation. The detailed evaluation elements applying to the proof of concept project and the Principal Investigator are set out in the 
ERC Work Programme 2016.

3.2 Guide to the submission and evaluation process: please refer to the ERC Rules for Submission and Evaluation. For more information on the peer review evaluation methodology, please refer to the 
ERC Guide for Peer Reviewers applying to the Proof of Concept call.

4. Proposal page limits and layout:

- Administrative Proposal Submission Forms (including the Ethics Review Table) are available online via the Participant Portal Submission System (PPSS) – pre-registration is required first.


- The Research Proposal (Part B) and any supporting documentation (available on this page under Section 6 below and as word-templates in PPSS): to be uploaded and submitted via Participant Portal Submission System as PDF files.

Part B (7 pages):
• The Idea and Justification on Innovation Potential : max. 2 pages
• Expected Impact of the proposed Innovation : 2 pages 
• The proof of concept plan : 2 pages 
• Budget Table and Budget justification:
 1 page

The Supplementary Documents:
• Host Institution Binding Statement of Support 
• Ethics review self-assessment (if applicable) and supporting documentation.

The minimum font size allowed is 11 points. The page size is A4 (with single line spacing). Side margins should be at least 20 mm and the bottom and top margins at least 15mm. Ensure that the font type chosen is clearly readable (e.g. Arial or Times New Roman).

In fairness to all applicants a strict limit of seven pages will be applied to the length of proposals. Only the material that is presented within this limit will be evaluated (peer reviewers will only be asked to evaluate, and will be under no obligation to read beyond, the material presented within the page limit).

5. Indicative timetable for evaluation and grant agreement: please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2016 under the heading 'Indicative summary of main calls from the 2016 budget'.

6. Provisions, proposal templates and evaluation forms for the ERC type of action under this topic: 

ERC Proof of Concept:

- Specific provisions and funding rates: please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2016 under the heading 'Proof of Concept'.
ERC proposal template for POC (administrative forms and structure of technical annex)

- ERC standard evaluation form for POC: please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2016 under the heading 'ERC Proof of Concept Grant Evaluation'.
Horizon 2020 ERC Model Grant Agreement PoC - Multi_V2.1
- Horizon 2020 ERC Model Grant Agreement PoC - Mono_V2.1
- Horizon 2020 Annotated Model Grant Agreement

7. Additional provisions:
Horizon 2020 budget flexibility: please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2016 in the Proof of Concept grants section, under the heading 'Maximum size of grant and grant assessment'.

8. Open access: the ERC supports the principle of open access to the published output of research, including in particular peer-reviewed articles and monographs, as a fundamental part of its mission. It also supports the basic principle of open access to research data and data related products such as computer code. The ERC considers that providing free online access to all these materials can be the most effective way of ensuring that the fruits of the research it funds can be accessed, read and used as the basis for further research. Under Horizon 2020, beneficiaries of ERC grants must ensure open access to all peer-reviewed scientific publications relating to its results. The detailed requirements on open access to publications are contained in the Horizon 2020 ERC Model Grant Agreement.

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