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What kind of feedback is provided to the applicants?
In order to inform the applicants about the results after the peer review evaluation, the ERC set up a dedicated web-based system. The so-called F2A ("Feedback to Applicants") will give access to the evaluation report. Administrators of the host institution will also have access to F2A.
The report indicates whether the proposal meets the quality threshold and is retained, and provides the status (A, B or C) and corresponding comments given by the panel as well as the comments given by the individual reviewers.
The comments by the individual reviewers may not necessarily be convergent – controversy and differences in opinion about the merits of a proposal are part of the "scientific method" and are legitimate. Furthermore, the ERC panel may take a position that is different from what could be inferred from the comments of the individual reviewers.