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What should be considered concerning the composition of the team, in particular as regards mobility, status, etc.?
The composition of the research team must reflect the nature and objectives of the project. Commonly, a research team will involve the Principal Investigator (PI) and other researchers associated with the PI's research institution.
Team members can be of any nationality, age and occupational status. There is also the possibility to employ team members without a PhD (technicians or PhD-students).
Furthermore, research teams may also involve team members from other research facilities or even team members located in Third Countries. However, such arrangements (and possible funding of the respective team members) are subject to appraisal by the ERC peer review evaluation panels.
N.B.: With the focus on the PI, the concept of individual teams is fundamentally different from that of a traditional 'network' or 'research consortium'; proposals of the latter type will not be accepted. To fund research groups of 2 to 4 PIs, the 2012 Work Programme established the ERC Synergy Grant.