ERC publishes information note on its planning for 2021-2022
The European Research Council (ERC) has published an information note on its tentative planning for the 2021-2022 calls for proposals. It is working to ensure a smooth transition of the ERC to Horizon Europe (2021-2027). In its note, the ERC also presents adjustments, as part of a broader reflection and adaptation process engaging both the Scientific Council and the ERC Executive Agency.
According to the ERC, all its mono-beneficiary ERC calls (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced Grants, PoC) are expected to be launched in 2021 and 2022, but their opening and closing dates will be shifted so that the first calls will be launched only in January 2021. The Scientific Council expects the call schedule to be back to the usual opening and closing timeframes by mid-2022.
The modified planning will likely not include a Synergy Grant call in the ERC Work Programme 2021. This call will probably be included again in the Work Programme 2022. The Scientific Council’s intention is to launch this call in the summer of 2021 with a deadline in November of the same year. Any shift in the calls timetable is not expected to affect the eligibility periods of candidates applying for ERC Starting and Consolidator Grants.
The ERC Scientific Council is also introducing two new panels, one on "Human Mobility, Environment and Space", and one on "Materials Engineering". The new panel structure should be in place in 2021. The ERC Advanced Grant evaluation process is to be aligned with the processes used for the Starting and Consolidator Grant calls by introducing interviews of applicants in Step 2 of the evaluation.
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