FP7 IDEAS Programme The European Research Council … and its funding schemes. Ana Beramendi VETENSKAPSRÅDET. ERC Grant schemes 3R and 2 schemes.
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FP7 IDEAS ProgrammeThe European Research Council… and its funding schemes.
Aim:Retain – Repatriate – Recruit exceptional researchers in any field of science, engineering and scholarship to pursue pioneering frontier research
Activities: Two complementary funding schemes
Call Budget for Starting Grant 2010:€ 528 Mio
Call Budget for Advanced Grant 2010: € 590 Mio
Research at the frontiers is:
Characterised by an absence of disciplinary boundaries
of ground-breaking nature: addresses important challenges, has ambitious objectives, has novel or unconventional concepts and/or approaches
The ERC wants to avoid outmoded distinctions:
Between “basic” and “applied” research
Between “science” and “technology”
Between “traditional” disciplines
Social Sciences and Humanities (SH)
Physical Sciences & Engineering (PE)
Life Sciences (LS)
Evaluation of Excellenceat three levels:
Referees and panels evaluate and score criteria under Heading 1 and Heading 2 numerically which will result in the ranking of the projects:
Criteria under Heading 3 will be considered as "pass/fail" and commented but not scored
“Money follows the researcher”
The Principal Investigator (PI) is entitled to transfer the grant to another institution
normally after a minimum 2 years at the sponsoring institution
Proper justification and ERC approval required
Note: In order to assure comparable success rates for the starters and the consolidators the indicative budget of each panel will be divided in proportion to the budgetary demand of the proposals submitted by these two categories
Anycurrentplaceofwork– but: workingormovingtowork in Europe (EU memberstate, FP7 Associated Country)
Applicants must bescientificallyindependent
Strong leadershipprofile (impact, recognition)
Excellent track record (in recent years, achievements not older than 10 years) readthe Guide for Applicants!
ERC Grant proposal StG 2010
* use templates !
PART A – online forms
A1 Proposal, PI and HI data
A2 Host institution info
PART B1* – submitted as .pdf
Cover page 1 p.
Section 1The Principal Investigator
Scientific Leadership Potential 2 p.
CV (including “funding ID”) 2 p.
Early achievements track record 2 p.
Extended synopsis 5 p.
PART B2* – submitted as .pdf
Section 2Scientific proposal 15 p.
Objectives, methodology, resources, ethical issues table
Section 3Research Environment 2 p.
Part – B
Part – B
Section 3ERC Grant schemesProposal evaluation
Part - A
- Indiv. Assessments
- PANEL MEETINGS
Structure: separated from the ERC Starting Grants
Adjustments related to the WP 2010 changes
Reference to the new Co-Investigator annex (to be uploaded with personal data of Co-I e.g. Name/Gender/Address/Nationality)
Increased emphasis on various aspects of proposal preparation and submission such as:
ONLY Part B1 (not Part B2) is reviewed in Step 1 of the evaluation
Strongly encourage to use costing table template to facilitate the assessment of resources by the panels
Download submitted EPSS documents to check their completeness and integrity before the deadline
Additional information/ questions A 1 form:
Yes/No: Permission to use the title and abstract when contacting remote referees
Yes/No: Agreement to devote at least 30% of the working time to the ERC-funded project (50% in Europe)
Contact person for the ERC at the Host Institution to communicate results
Synopsis of Part B 1 should be carefully written (this is the only proposal information that is accessible and judged at step 1!)
Coherency of budget figures (A3 and Part B2, in case of doubt usually A3 figures serves as a reference)
Individual reviews are done remotely and are not harmonised (PIs sometimes do not seem to be aware of that)
Evalution report Evaluation report consists of panel comments summarising the Panel decision (incl. key strength and weaknesses) and individual comments (Panel Members, remote referees) which may not be necessarily convergent!
Starting Grant 2010
Read always the last published versions !
available at http://erc.europa.eu
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