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Objectives

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.

Ethical Principles

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.

The overall 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 project.

Profile of the ERC Proof of Concept Grant Principal Investigator

All 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 Grant.

For further information please refer to the ERC Work Programme 2018.

Submission Service

Proposals must be submitted via the Participant Portal.

To access the Electronic Submission Service of the topic, please select the type of action that is most relevant to your proposal from the list and click on the 'Start Submission' button. You will then be asked to confirm your choice of the type of action and topic, as these cannot be changed in the submission system. Upon confirmation you will be linked to the correct entry point.

To access existing draft proposals for this topic, please login to the Participant Portal and select the My Proposals page of the My Area section.

Protecció de dades de caràcter personal
Les dades facilitades seran incorporades en el fitxer de dades de caràcter personal "Gestió de la recerca", titularitat de la Universitat Pompeu Fabra amb la finalitat de gestionar els ajuts, les beques i els convenis de R+D+I. Aquestes dades només podran ser cedides quan sigui necessari per a desenvolupar una relació jurídica amb la persona interessada (organismes públics per a la tramitació i justificació de beques i ajuts oficials), i en aquells casos en què sigui necessari per al compliment de les obligacions legalment establertes . En qualsevol moment podeu exercir els drets d'accés, rectificació, cancel•lació i oposició mitjançant comunicació escrita, acompanyada d'una fotocòpia del DNI o document equivalent adreçada a: Gerent. Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Pl. de la Mercè, 10-12. 08002 Barcelona