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  • 1. Preparing an ERC Starting Grant Application 11 September, 2008 Karen Fiorini Ideas National Contact Point
  • 2. Procedure
    • Proposal must be submitted by the PI in conjunction with the HI
    • In response to a call
    • Via the Electronic Proposal submission Service (EPSS)
    • One stage submission 2 stage evaluation
  • 3. Starting Grant Application
    • The StG consists of 3 components:
    • Administrative Forms
    • Research Proposal
    • Supporting Documentation
  • 4. The Administrative Forms
    • Standard Forms on EPSS
    • Form A1 – Snap shot of Proposal & PI
    • Form A2 – Host Institution/s
    • Form A3 – Financials
    • Form A1T – Summary of the scientific leadership profile and early achievements
  • 5. Form A1& A1T
    • A1
    • General info on Proposal such as; title, duration, abstract
    • Indication of relevant panel for evaluation from the list provided (Primary panel & Secondary panel* in case of interdisciplinarity)
    • Info on Principle Investigator such as name nationality, name, date of first PhD, etc..
    • A1T
    • Summary of track-record and achievements
    • *The primary evaluation panel will decide whether the proposal requires expertise from other panels
  • 6. Physical Sciences & Engineering
    • PE1 Mathematical foundations : all areas of mathematics, pure and applied, plus mathematical foundations of computer science, mathematical physics and statistics
    • PE2 Fundamental constituents of matter : particle, nuclear, plasma, atomic, molecular, gas, and optical physics
    • PE3 Condensed matter physics: structure, electronic properties, fluids, nanosciences
    • PE4 Physical and analytical chemical sciences : analytical chemistry, chemical theory, physical chemistry/chemical physics
    • PE5 Materials and synthesis : materials synthesis, structure-properties relations, functional and advanced materials, molecular architecture, organic chemistry
    • PE6 Computer science and informatics: informatics and information systems, computer science, scientific computing, intelligent systems
    • PE7 Systems and communication engineering : electronic, communication, optical and systems engineering
    • PE8 Products and processes engineering : product design, process design and control, construction methods, civil engineering, energy systems, material engineering
    • PE9 Universe sciences: astro-physics/chemistry/biology; solar system; stellar, galactic and extragalactic astronomy, planetary systems, cosmology, space science, instrumentation
    • PE10 Earth system science : physical geography, geology, geophysics, meteorology, oceanography, climatology, ecology, global environmental change, biogeochemical cycles, natural resources management
  • 7. Social Sciences & Humanities
    • SH1 Individuals, institutions and markets: economics, finance & management
    • SH2 Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour: sociology, social anthropology, political science, law, communication, social studies of science and technology
    • SH3 Environment and society: environmental studies, demography, social geography, urban and regional studies
    • SH4 The Human Mind and its complexity: cognition, psychology, linguistics, philosophy and education
    • SH5 Cultures and cultural production: literature, visual and performing arts, music, cultural and comparative studies
    • SH6 The study of the human past: archaeology, history and memory
  • 8. Life Sciences
    • LS1 Molecular and Structural Biology and Biochemistry: molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, biochemistry of signal transduction
    • LS2 Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology: genetics, population genetics, molecular genetics, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, bioinformatics, computational biology, biostatistics, biological modelling and simulation, systems biology, genetic epidemiology
    • LS3 Cellular and Developmental Biology: cell biology, cell physiology, signal transduction, organogenesis, developmental genetics, pattern formation in plants and animals
    • LS4 Physiology, Pathophysiology and Endocrinology: organ physiology, pathophysiology, endocrinology, metabolism, ageing, regeneration, tumorigenesis, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome
    • LS5 Neurosciences and neural disorders: neurobiology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuropharmacology, neuroimaging, systems neuroscience, neurological disorders, psychiatry
    • LS6 Immunity and infection: immunobiology, aetiology of immune disorders, microbiology, virology, parasitology, global and other infectious diseases, population dynamics of infectious diseases, veterinary medicine
    • LS7 Diagnostic tools, therapies and public health: aetiology, diagnosis and treatment of disease, public health, epidemiology, pharmacology, clinical medicine, regenerative medicine, medical ethics
    • LS8 Evolutionary, population and environmental biology: evolution, ecology, animal behaviour, population biology, biodiversity, biogeography, marine biology, ecotoxicology, prokaryotic biology
    • LS9 Applied life sciences and biotechnology: agricultural, animal, fishery, forestry and food sciences; biotechnology, chemical biology, genetic engineering, synthetic biology, industrial biosciences; environmental biotechnology and remediation;
  • 9. Form A2 & A3
    • A2
    • Host institution; info on the organisation
    • On filling the Participation Identification Code (PIC) some of the A form will be filled in automatically
    • A3
    • Summary of financial data
    • HI must should fill in the different type of costs; personnel, other direct and indirect costs, subcontracting, etc..
  • 10. The Research Proposal
    • Must also be uploaded and submitted via EPSS.
    • It consists of 2 parts:
    • Part B1:
    • Cover Page
    • Section 1 – The PI
    • Part B2:
    • Section 2- The Scientific proposal
    • Section 3 – Research Environment
  • 11. Cover Page
    • Name of PI
    • Name of PI’s Host Institution for the project
    • Proposal full name
    • Acronym
    • Duration in months
    • Proposal summary (half page)
  • 12. Section 1: The Principle Investigator
    • Scientific Leadership Potential (max 2 pages)
    • Self-evaluation of early research career achievements; beyond state-of-the-art
    • Presentation of content of applicant’s early scientific or scholarly contributions to research field
    • The recognition obtained and diffusion of these early contributions
    • Curriculum Vitae (max 2 pages)
    • Must include a succinct ‘funding ID’
    • Cont…
  • 13. Section 1: The Principle Investigator cont…
    • Early Achievements Track-record list (max 2 pages)
    • Publications in major internal peer-reviewed scientific journals, peer-reviewed conferences..
    • Research monographs, chapters in collective volumes, etc..
    • Granted patents, when applicable
    • Invited presentations to peer-reviewed international conferences or advanced schools
    • Research expeditions, when applicable
    • Organisation of international conferences
    • International prizes/awards/academy memberships, when applicable
    • Memberships to editorial boards of international journals, when applicable
    • Extended synopsis of scientific proposal (max 5 pages)
  • 14. Section 2 – The Scientific Proposal
    • Max 15 pages + ethical issues
    • O bjectives must indicate State-of-the art in the particular field. How is the project imp for the field ( open up new horizons)
    • Description of proposed Methodology , highlight any intermediate stages where results may require adjustments to the project planning
    • Resources , incl. project costs, describe nature and size of team indicating the roles of key team members. Infrastructure and equipment
    • Ethical issues
  • 15. Section 3 - Research Environment
    • Max 2 pages
    • PI’s Host Institution, specify what facilities and assistance it will provide to project, illustrating capacity to support project including broader intellectual support.
    • Additional institutions (additional participants)
    • Justify the scientific added value of using more than one institution
  • 16. Supporting Documentation
    • Scanned copies in PDF submitted via EPSS
    • Supporting statement from HI; on letterhead, signed, stamped and dated by institute’s legal rep (See Annex 3 Guide for Applicants)
    • PhD certificate in case of requested extension of eligibility period, documentary evidence of maternity, paternity leave national service, illness, unavoidable leave for statutory reasons.
    • See annex 3 in Guide
  • 17.
    • THANK YOU!
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