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ERC Portugal Pre-Assessment Program

ID 69 2023-06-22 / 2023-07-20


FCT launched this Monday, June 19, a new axis of the ERC-Portugal program, called ERC Portugal Pre-Assessment. This is a peer review service that FCT will provide to researchers from the national scientific community who are in the preparation phase of applications to Calls of projects of the European Research Council (ERC). The ERC Portugal Pre-Assessment will follow international peer review best practices, in which the pre-assessment model will mirror ERC's assessment criteria and assessor profiles. This new program is intended to be an important tool to improve the quality of national proposals and their preparation processes. Its ultimate goal will be to increase the number of national applications to the ERC's Calls and a greater naturalization in the submission of proposals to this leading European research funding agency. Proposals will be evaluated according to the ERC evaluation criteria for the respective Call, and evaluations will be carried out by international experts, with profiles of high experience in evaluation processes, preferably as panel members at Calls ERC. This program will support submissions for the next Call ERC Starting Grants, with an application deadline on October 24, 2023. To this end, the first round of ERC Portugal Pre-Assessment proposals will run until 20 July 2023 (Thursday). Pre-Assessment reports will be sent to researchers by 25 September 2023, approximately one month before the end of the period for submission of proposals to Call ERC Starting Grants, in order to constitute an effective contribution to the completion of the application preparation process to be submitted to Call ERC. In order to guarantee the timely submission of reports to the researchers, the program's calendar model will be as follows: (i) submission of application proposals up to about 2 months before the ERC deadline for submission of applications; (ii) submission of pre-evaluations and reports to the researchers up to about one month of the same deadline.



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