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Evaluation procedure: Starting Grants
The evaluation will take place in two steps following the single submission of a full proposal. The evaluation is carried out through evaluation panels that may be assisted by referees. The allocation of the proposals to the various panels will be based on the expressed preference of the applicant.
During the first step of the evaluation, only section 1 (information on the Principal Investigator and the project synopsis) of the proposal will be assessed and marked by at least three remote referees (mostly panel members). After being assessed and finally marked (A/B/C) during discussions within the panel, proposals will be ranked according to their marks by the panel.
Proposals with a very good rating and which are above the budgetary cut-off level (approximately 2.5 up to 3 times the panel's indicative budget) will be retained and pass to step 2 of the evaluation. As a result of the first step evaluation, applicants will be informed about the status of their proposal:
- A - project is of high quality and will pass to step 2 of the evaluation
- B - project is of high quality but not sufficient to pass to step 2 of the evaluation
- C - project is not of sufficient quality to pass to step 2 of the evaluation
During the second step of the evaluation, the complete version of the retained proposals will be assessed and ranked by the panels. Interdisciplinary proposals within a domain or across domains will be flagged as such, and the panel may request additional reviews by appropriate members of other panel(s) or additional referees who act as reserve evaluators. Principal Investigators whose proposals will be retained for the second step of the evaluation will be invited for an interview to present their project to the evaluation panel meeting in Brussels.
Following the conclusion of the panel evaluations, the panel chairs of each research domain will prepare a consolidated ranked list for the domain's proposals which are of high quality and which can be funded in order of priority from the respective domain budgets. The ERC will then offer to open negotiations for a grant agreement to those applicants whose proposals are of the highest ranking in the consolidated list. The status after the second step of evaluation will be communicated as follows:
- A - project is recommended for funding
- B - project is not recommended for funding
The Scientific Council of the ERC has established an indicative budget allocation for the three main scientific domains:
- Physical Sciences & Engineering: 44%
- Life Sciences: 39%
- Social Sciences & Humanities: 17%
Interdisciplinary research projects will be funded within the three main scientific domains of the ERC.
ERC StG 2013 - Panel Chairs [en]
ERC-Guide for Peer Reviewers (StG, CoG & AdG) 2013 [en]