What is an ERC PoC grant?
ERC PoC grants are made to ERC grant holders to enable them to fund activity designed to verify the innovation potential of ideas that have come out of their original ERC project (Starting Grant, Consolidator Grant or Advanced Grant). Projects will need to outline the commercial or social innovation which is being tested and the economic or societal impact that is expected from the project. Please see the ERC Work Programme and the Information for Applicants for information on the purpose of the PoC funding. A PoC grant is not additional funding for original research and is not top-up funding for the original ERC project. Applications with these aims will not be funded through this scheme.

How much are the grants?
Proof of Concept Grants are for a maximum of €150,000 for a period of 18 months. (The ERC expects that proof of concept projects will 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, the ERC is unlikely to extend PoC projects).

The grant funds 100% of eligible direct costs of the PoC activity, plus indirect costs (overheads) equivalent to 25% of (most of) the direct eligible costs (the indirects are included in the grant maximum figure above).

Who is eligible?
To be eligible you must be the PI of an ongoing ERC Starting, Consolidator, Advanced or Synergy grant, or the PI of an ERC grant that ended after 1 January 2017. The PI must work on the project but there is no prescribed minimum time commitment and there
is no requirement for the PI to claim costs from the PoC grant for their time. The application will need to demonstrate the clear relationship between the idea to be taken to proof of concept and the ERC frontier research project (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced or Synergy) from which it arises.

More than one PoC Grant can be associated with an ERC frontier research project, but these cannot be running at the same time.
What is a competitive application?
There are three evaluation criteria for Proof of Concept grants. These are:
1) Excellence in Innovation potential
2) Impact
3) Quality and efficiency of the implementation

More information can be accessed via the University's Gateway to Europe site. (SSO log-in needed)

Funder deadline: 17th September 2020

Research Services deadline: 10th September 2020

Faculty - 1st draft review: 5th August 2020

Faculty - expression of interest: 31st July 2020 by email indicating your anticitpated project title.