Frontier research often
generates unexpected or new opportunities for commercial or societal
application. 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. Proof of Concept Grants are therefore
on offer only to Principal Investigators whose proposals draw
substantially on their ERC funded research.
All proposals will be subject to ethics review as with proposals for the ERC's frontier research grants.
Maximum size of grant and grant assessment
The financial contribution will be up to a maximum 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.
level of the funding offered will be assessed during the evaluation. The
funding requested by the applicant will be judged against the needs of
the proposed activity before award. The funding requested by the
Principal Investigator must be fully justified by an estimation of the
actual costs for the proposed activities.
The Union financial
contribution will take the form of the reimbursement of up to 100% of
the total eligible and approved direct costs and of flat-rate financing
of indirect costs on the basis of 25% of the total eligible direct costs
(excluding the direct costs for subcontracting and the costs of
resources made available by third parties which are not used on the
premises of the host institution.). The level of the awarded grant
represents a maximum overall figure ¿ the final amount to be paid must
be justified on the basis of the costs actually incurred for the
Profile of the ERC Proof of Concept Grant Principal Investigator
Principal Investigators in an ERC frontier research project, that is
either on going or has ended (where the duration of the project fixed in
the ERC Grant Agreement has ended) less than 12 months before 1 January
2019, are eligible to participate and apply for an ERC Proof of Concept
For further information please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2018.