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FCT launches ERC Portugal Pre-Assessment Program

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FCT launched this Monday, 19 June, 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 European Research Council (ERC) Calls for projects.

The ERC Portugal Pre-Assessment will follow international best practice in peer review evaluation, in which the pre-assessment model will mirror ERC evaluation criteria and evaluator profiles. This new programme intends to be an important instrument to improve the quality of national proposals and their preparation processes. Its ultimate goal will be to increase the number of national applications to ERC Calls and to naturalise the submission of proposals to this leading European research funding agency.

The proposals will be evaluated according to the ERC evaluation criteria for the respective Call, with evaluations being carried out by international experts, with highly experencied profiles in evaluation processes, preferably as panel members at Calls ERC.

This programme will support submissions for the next ERC Starting Grants Call, with an application deadline on 24 October 2023. To this end, the first round of ERC Portugal Pre-Assessment of proposals will run until 20 July 2023 (Thursday). Proposal Pre-Assessment reports will be sent to researchers by 25 September 2023, approximately one month before the closing date for submission of proposals to the ERC Starting Grants Call, to constitute an effective contribution to the conclusion of the application preparation process to be submitted to the ERC Call.