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Welcome to Enspire Science’s ERC eligibility window calculator
The ERC eligibility window calculator assists PIs and research managers to determine:
- the exact ERC category a PI belongs to: Starting, Consolidator, or Advanced
- the implications of the various justified extensions that a PI may have
- a 5-year outlook for the PI, based on current data
- how the outlook may change with potential changes to the current data
This calculator applies the official ERC guidelines of calculating the eligibility window and includes all possible extensions (maternity leave, paternity leave, long-illness leave, clinical training, etc.).
In order to use the calculator, simply fill in the requested data below. Based on your data, the calculator will provide the exact requested extension (in days) as well as the 5-year outlook of the ERC categories which are relevant in this case.
When filling in the date, refer to the detailed notes listed below for assistance and clarifications.
Eligibility window calculator – Notes
The main reference document is the ERC guide for applicants. We advise to consult this document for complete information, including special cases and the required supporting documentation per case.
Note 1 – Provide a date in the format of DD/MM/YYYY. The reference date for the calculation of the eligibility period should be the date of the actual award. This needs to be according to the national rules in the country where the degree was awarded.
Note 2 – For Medical Doctors (MD) or applicants holding a degree in medicine. If the MD is the first/only eligible degree, an automatic shift of 2 years of the eligibility window is given (StG: 4-9 years past MD degree, CoG: 9-14 years past MD degree). Read more about this through our dedicated article.
Note 3 – For maternity leave – provide the number of children. The effective elapsed time for eligibility will be considered reduced by 18 months for each child born before or after the PhD award.
Note 4 – All other leaves. Provide the documented amount of leave actually taken in days, and in line with the following instructions:
- Maternity leaves longer than 18 months – provide the the documented amount of leave actually taken for each child, before or after the PhD award.
- Paternity leave – the effective elapsed time for eligibility will be considered reduced by the documented amount of paternity leave actually taken for each child born before or after the PhD award.
- Long-term illness, or national service – the effective elapsed time for eligibility will be considered reduced by the documented amount of leave actually taken by the Principal Investigator for each incident which occurred after the PhD award.
- Clinical training -Clinical Training refers to the effective elapsed time for eligibility will be considered reduced by the documented amount of clinical training actually received by the Principal Investigator after the award of the first eligible degree, and by up to 4 years maximum.
- This calculator was developed and is owned by Enspire Science Ltd. As such – it is protected by copyright laws.
- This calculator is available for use for free, but it is clearly stated that Enspire Science Ltd. is not liable to any decision or other act made based on any use of this calculator.
- The official references are the published ERC work programme and the ERC Guide for Applicants. Refer to these in order to receive the complete information.
- This calculator is not an official calculator by the ERC and should not be regarded as such.