The goal of this research is to identify possible gender-specific influences on the assessment of the ERC (European Research Council) Starting Grant. This is done by analyzing the official documents related to the formal criteria, the application of these formal criteria during the peer review process, whereby particular attention is paid to the potential gender-specific application of the concept of scientific excellence. The selection of panel members is also analyzed using the practices described here. Based on empirical evidence collected, recommendations for implementation in the ERC funding practices will be given and discussed with those responsible as part of workshops. The POLICIES team leads the consortium with VU Amsterdam and Tecnalia.