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Horizon 2020: ERC Proof of Concept Grant - ERC-2020-PoC
The ERC Proof of Concept Grants aim to maximise the value of the excellent research that the ERC funds, by funding further work (i.e. activities which were not scheduled to be funded by the original ERC frontier research grant) to verify the innovation potential of ideas arising from ERC funded projects.
On January 7th 2021 the ERC published the results of the 3rd deadline.
Proof of Concept Grants are on offer only to Principal Investigators whose proposals draw substantially on their ERC funded research.
All Principal Investigators in an ERC frontier research project, that is either ongoing or has ended less than 12 months before 1 January 2020, are eligible to participate and apply for an ERC Proof of Concept Grant.
The ERC actions are open to researchers of any nationality who intend to conduct their research activity in any EU Member State or H2020 Associated Country. Principal Investigators may be of any age and nationality and may reside in any country in the world at the time of the application.
The host institution (Applicant Legal Institution) must either be established in an EU Member State or H2020 Associated Country as a legal entity created under national law, or it may be an International European Interest Organisation (such as CERN, EMBL, etc.), the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) or any other entity created under EU law.
Note also that a number of non-EU/non-Associated Countries that are not automatically eligible for funding have made specific provisions for making funding available for their participants in Horizon 2020 projects.
Eligible Principal Investigator: All Principal Investigators in an ERC frontier research project, that is either ongoing or has ended less than 12 months before 1 January 2020, are eligible to participate and apply for an ERC Proof of Concept Grant. Principal Investigators may submit only one proposal under ERC Work Programme 2020. If multiple submissions are made at different cut-off dates under the Work Programme 2020 only the first eligible proposal will be considered.
A Principal Investigator whose proposal was rejected on the grounds of a breach of research integrity in the calls for proposals under Work Programmes 2018 or 2019 may not submit a proposal to the calls for proposals made under ERC Work Programme 2020.
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 as a legal entity created under national law. 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 their team.
Budget: 25 000 000 EUR.
The financial contribution will be awarded as a lump sum of EUR 150 000 for a period of 18 months. The ERC expects that normally proof of concept projects should be completed within 12 months. However, to allow for those projects that require more preparation time, projects will be signed for 18 months. Given this initial flexibility, extensions of the duration of proof of concept projects may be granted only exceptionally.
The lump sum offered will cover the beneficiaries' direct and indirect eligible costs for the project: if the project is implemented properly the amounts will be paid regardless of the costs actually incurred. Specifically, the lump sum has been designed to cover 100% of the eligible direct costs and indirect costs calculated by applying a flat-rate of 25% to the direct cost categories.
Planned opening date: 15 October 2019.
Deadline: 21 January 2020 17:00 Brussels time, 23 April 2020 17:00 Brussels time, 17 September 2020 17:00:00 Brussels time
The ERC has decided to extend the first cut-off deadline under the ERC PoC 2020 call. The new cut-off deadline in the submission system will be tomorrow 22 January at 17:00 (Brussels time).
As a result of the difficulties applicants face due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have extended the deadline for the second cut off of the ERC-2020-POC – Proof of Concept Call (initially foreseen on 23 April 2020): the new second cut off deadline is 07 May 2020 17:00 - Brussels Local Time.
A single-stage submission and single-step evaluation procedure will be used. ù
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.
For the third and last deadline of the ERC-2020-POC – Proof of Concept Call (cut off date: 17 September 2020 at 17:00 (Brussels local time): as a result of the difficulties applicants face due to the COVID-19 outbreak (and as already applied for the second cut off), the blue ink signature of the legal representative can be replaced by their electronic signature and the stamp of the host institution is no longer a mandatory element in the Annex 1 “Commitment of the host institution”.
On April 2tth 2020 the ERC published the results of the 1st deadline.
On July 28th 2020 the ERC published the results of the 2nd deadline.