The ERC funding scheme is divided into 4 main calls: Starting, Consolidator, Advanced and Synergy. Throughout a given year, these calls are spread out at varying intervals with specific deadlines that are announced with time to allow for thorough preparation of proposals. In the upcoming ‘year of transition’ (marked by the conclusion of the Horizon 2020 funding scheme and the transition to Horizon Europe), the ‘regular’ timeline of the ERC deadlines is going to change. Unlike the traditional timeline, a side effect of the ‘year of transition’ is the very close proximity of some of the ERC deadlines. For this reason, it is recommended that both potential applicants and funding advisors have a clear overview of how the upcoming deadlines are planned. This schedule can (and will) dictate a lot of your upcoming conduct in case you consider applying to ERC in the coming 1-2 years. In this article, we’ll look over what the upcoming ERC 2021-2022 deadlines look like, and further examine what should be taken into account in light of this tight schedule.
ERC 2021-2022 deadlines – what we already know
At this point in time, the EC has not yet released any official information about future ERC deadlines. That being said, we’ve gathered below the unofficial information that we have about these upcoming ERC deadlines, and constructed a simple table for you to review. Keep in mind that all this information is considered tentative and is currently unofficial. As soon as official dates are released, we’ll be sure to update this table. For now, check out the tentative dates below:
|StG 2021||24 March 2021 (*)|
|CoG 2021||24 April 2021 (*)|
|AdG 2021||31 August 2021 (*)|
|StG 2022||Mid October 2021|
|SyG 2022||Mid November 2021|
|CoG 2022||Mid February 2022|
|AdG 2022||Late August 2022|
(*) Tentative dates
ERC deadlines and Enspire Science services
For researchers considering external consultation for their ERC applications, it is important to review ahead of time any possible service timeframes that have been put in place due to the proximity of the upcoming deadlines. Knowing these time frames ahead of time can help ensure you will successfully secure a slot to have applications reviewed.
As for working with Enspire Science – due to proximity of some of these ERC deadlines, we have dedicated specific time frames to specific deadlines, in which the reviews to a specific ERC deadline will receive top priority and full attention over other reviews. As soon as the specific ERC deadline is through, we will shift our full attention to the next ERC deadline’s reviews. As we begin our work, we’ll remind any relevant ERC applicants of any expected slow-down in response time, and plan our work together accordingly. Under the above-mentioned circumstances, we recommend that ERC applicants will begin as early as possible, allowing us to provide our service within the best possible timeline.
|Call||Deadline||Service Type||Service timeframes, subject to actual availability|
|StG 2021||24 March 2021 (*)||Standard||End of August 2020 until the end of January 2021
|Deep Dive||End of August 2020 until the deadline
|CoG 2021||20 April 2021 (*)||Standard||End of August 2020 until the end of January 2021 and then between 10 March 2021 and 20 March 2021.
Between 1 February 2021 and 24 March 2021, we will not accept nor handle Standard reviews for the CoG 2021 deadline.
|Deep Dive||End of August 2020 until the end of January 2021 and then continuously between 10 March 2021 until the deadline.
Between 1 February 2021 and 24 March 2021, StG 2021 applicants will receive top priority and full dedication.
|AdG 2021||31 August 2021 (*)||Standard||End April 2021 until the end of July 2021
|Deep Dive||End April 2021 until the deadline
|StG 2022||Mid October 2021 ||Standard||End April 2021 until 15 July 2021 and then between 1 September 2021 and 15 September 2021.
Between 15 July 2021 and 31 August 2021, we will not accept nor handle Standard reviews for the StG 2022 deadline.
|Deep Dive||End April 2021 until 15 July 2021 and then continuously between 1 September 2021 until the deadline.
Between 15 July 2021 and 31 August 2021, AdG 2021 applicants will receive top priority and full dedication.
|SyG 2022||Mid November 2021||Standard||End April 2021 until mid October 2021.
|Deep Dive||End April 2021 until 15 July 2021 and then continuously between mid-October 2021 until the deadline.
Between 15 July 2021 and mid-October 2021, AdG 2021 & StG 2022 applicants will receive top priority and full dedication.
|CoG 2022||Mid February 2022||Standard||Mid October 2021 until mid January 2022.
|Deep Dive||Mid October until the deadline.
|AdG 2022||Late August 2022||Standard||Continuously until the end of July 2022.
|Deep Dive||Continuously until the deadline.
(*) Tentative dates
So what does this all mean? How to prepare.
Having a clearer picture of how the ERC deadlines are spread out for the upcoming 2021 and 2022, and Enspire Science’s dedicated service timeframes, the natural question that arises is surely – how should I prepare for such a tight deadline schedule? This answer is divided into two, to address the case for funding advisors on the one hand, and the case for potential applicants on the other.
For Research Managers and Funding Advisors – As you plan your ongoing activities to support your applicants for their ERC deadlines, the proximity of some of the upcoming ERC deadlines should guide and dictate your work with applicants. The tight schedule means overlapping proposal preparation periods, and that more applicants than usual will need to receive assistance and attention in parallel. In this case, and as we always stress out, we recommend advising applicants to begin preparing their applications as soon as possible. In this same regard, we stress looking ahead at any holidays or breaks that can be of added interference during any of the proposal preparation periods, which in turn may entail slow-downs in the process.
For applicants – Once you know which ERC call you are after, and its deadline, be sure to check if there are any holidays or breaks during the proposal preparation period of your application. While these can pose slow-downs in your communications with external important resources needed for the completion of your application, more importantly, they can come in the way of the substantial amount of time that you’ll need to allocate to propose a highly competitive ERC proposal. Having a clear picture ahead of time of how the proposal preparation timeline may look, and any interruptions during this time will help you to properly allocate your proposal preparation time accordingly.
If you have any questions about any of the above information, please do not hesitate to contact us!