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Fp7 ideas programme the european research council and its funding schemes

FP7 IDEAS ProgrammeThe European Research Council… and its funding schemes.

Ana Beramendi


Erc grant schemes 3r and 2 schemes

ERC Grant schemes3R and 2 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

  • ERC Starting Grant (StG): attract & retain the next generation of independent research leaders - up to € 2.0 Mio for 5 years

  • ERC Advanced Grant (AdG): attract & reward established independent research leaders - up to € 3.5 Mio for 5 years

    Call Budget for Starting Grant 2010:€ 528 Mio

    Call Budget for Advanced Grant 2010: € 590 Mio

StG grant

Erc grant schemes who can apply general requirements

ERC Grant schemesWho can apply? – General requirements

  • Principal Investigator (PI)

    • Nationality, age or current place of work not relevant - but: working or moving to work in Europe (EU member state, FP7 Associated Country)

  • In conjunction with a Host organisation

    • Legally recognised public or private research organisation

    • To be located in MS or AC

  • Frontier Research Project

    • All fields of science, engineering and scholarship are eligible (investigator-driven, bottom-up)

  • Individual research team

    • PI has freedom to choose National or trans-national character, if scientific added value proven

What is frontier research

What is frontier research?

Research at the frontiers is:

Intrinsically risky

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

Erc grant schemes operational principles

ERC Grant schemesOperational Principles

  • Application in response to calls for proposals

    • Principal Investigators applies in conjunction and on behalf of a research-performing host institution

    • Electronic Proposals Submission System (EPSS)

  • Single submission, staged evaluation procedure

    • to manage a large number of applications

  • Panel-based international peer review process

    • Scientific Council selects panels and peer reviewers

    • Panels assess and select proposals

Erc grant schemes all fields budget pre allocation in 3 1 areas

ERC Grant schemesAll fields, budget pre-allocation in 3 + 1 areas

  • ERC covers all fields of science, engineering and scholarship

  • 3 main research domains + interdisciplinary research:

    • Physical Sciences & Engineering – 10 Panels

    • Life Sciences (incl. medical) – 9 Panels

    • Social Sciences &Humanities– 6 Panels

    • Interdisciplinary Research (cross-panel / cross-domain) – Panel Chairs meeting

  • The call budget will be pre-allocated to these areas as follows:

    • 39% - 34% - 14% - 13%

  • Erc p anel structure

    ERC Panel structure

    Social Sciences and Humanities (SH)

    • SH1 - Individuals, institutions & markets

    • SH2 - Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour

    • SH3 - Environment & society

    • SH4 - The Human Mind and its complexity

    • SH5 - Cultures & cultural production

    • SH6 - The study of the human past

      Physical Sciences & Engineering (PE)

    • PE1 - Mathematical foundations

    • PE2 - Fundamental constituents of matter

    • PE3 - Condensed matter physics

    • PE4 - Physical & Analytical Chemical sciences

    • PE5 - Materials & Synthesis

    • PE6 - Computer science & informatics

    • PE7 - Systems & communication engineering

    • PE8 - Products & process engineering

    • PE9 - Universe sciences

    • PE10 - Earth system science

    Life Sciences (LS)

    • LS1 - Molecular & Structural Biology & Biochemistry

    • LS2 - Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics & Systems Biology

    • LS3 - Cellular and Developmental Biology

    • LS4 - Physiology, Pathophysiology & Endocrinology

    • LS5 - Neurosciences & neural disorders

    • LS6 - Immunity & infection

    • LS7 - Diagnostic tools, therapies & public health

    • LS8 - Evolutionary, population & environmental biology

    • LS9 - Applied life sciences & biotechnology

    Erc grant schemes evaluation scientific excellence is the sole criterion

    ERC Grant SchemesEvaluation: Scientific Excellence is the sole criterion

    Evaluation of Excellenceat three levels:

    • Quality of Principal Investigator

    • Quality of Research Project

    • Research Environment

      Referees and panels evaluate and score criteria under Heading 1 and Heading 2 numerically which will result in the ranking of the projects:

      • 1-4 per criterion (4:Outstanding, 3: Excellent, 2:Very Good, 1: Non-Competitive)

      • Threshold ≥ 2 per criterion. Note: Proposals passing quality thresholds and which lie above the budgetary cut-off level will be retained.

        Criteria under Heading 3 will be considered as "pass/fail" and commented but not scored

    Erc grant agreement concept

    ERC Grant AgreementConcept

    • Agreement between ERC and Principal Investigator’s (PI’s) hosting organisation

      • Rights/obligations on scientific, financial, ethical conduct and monitoring, eligible costs, IPR, modifications, grant portability

    • Supplementary Agreement between PI and its hosting organisation

      • Rights/obligations: administration, project execution, IPR

    Erc grant the concept of portability

    ERC Grant The concept of ‘portability’

    “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

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    StG grant

    Erc starting grant profile of the pi

    ERC Starting GrantProfile of the PI

    • Eligibility window: 2-10 years after PhD award - certain types of career breaks are accepted up to a maximum of 4.5 yearsread the Guide for Applicants!

    • Starters : award of PhD from 2 to 6 years prior to call publication

    • Consolidators : award of PhD over 6 and up to 10 years prior to call publication.

      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

    • Potential for research independence and evidence of maturity

      • at least one important publication without participation of PhD supervisor and significant publications as main author.

      • Monographs, invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted patents, awards, prizes, etc

    Erc advanced grant profile of the pi

    ERC Advanced GrantProfile of the PI


    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!

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    Erc starting grant 2010 reapplication rules

    ERC Starting Grant 2010Reapplication rules

    • Major change for StG 2010 applicants (ERC-2010-StG):

    • Every other call, unless proposal was evaluated above the quality treshold at the end of step 1 of the evaluation.

    • Note that for StG 2 (ERC-2009-StG) previous rule of reapplication still applies:

    • no PI can apply to the StG 3 (ERC-2010-StG) unless proposal was evaluated above the quality threshold during the step 2 but not funded due to insufficient budget

    Erc advanced grant 2010 reapplication rules modifications for adg 2010

    ERC Advanced Grant 2010Reapplication rulesModifications for AdG 2010

    Erc starting grant proposal content and submission

    ERC Starting GrantProposal content and submission

    ERC Grant proposal StG 2010

    * use templates !

    PART A – online forms

    A1 Proposal, PI and HI data

    A2 Host institution info

    A3 Budget

    PART B1* – submitted as .pdf

    Cover page1 p.

    Section 1The Principal Investigator

    Scientific Leadership Potential2 p.

    CV (including “funding ID”) 2 p.

    Early achievements track record2 p.

    Extended synopsis5 p.

    • Annexes*– submitted as .pdf

    • Statement of support by host

    • If applicable: explanatory info and docs on ethical issues

    • Ethical Issues Table

    PART B2* – submitted as .pdf

    Section 2Scientific proposal15 p.

    Objectives, methodology, resources, ethical issues table

    Section 3Research Environment2 p.

    Erc grant schemes proposal evaluation

    Form A1

    Part – B

    Part – B

    Form A2

    Section 1

    Section 1

    Section 2

    Section 2

    Form A3

    Section 3

    Section 3

    ERC Grant schemesProposal evaluation


    Step 2

    Step 1

    Part - A

    • Evaluation

    • - Indiv. assessments

    • Interdisciplinary flag

    • Interviews (StG only)


    • - Ranking

    + Annexes


    - Indiv. Assessments


    - Ranking

    Eligibility Check

    Erc advanced grant 2010 guide for applicants adg 2010

    ERC Advanced Grant 2010Guide for Applicants AdG 2010

    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


    Erc advanced grant 2010 epss examples of changes

    ERC Advanced Grant 2010EPSS - examples of changes

    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


    Erc advanced grant 2010 lessons learnt for adg 2010

    ERC Advanced Grant 2010Lessons learnt for AdG 2010

    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

    • Physical Sciences and Engineering 28-10-2009

    • Life Sciences18-11-2009

    • Social Sciences and Humanities09-12-2009

    • Advanced Grant 2010

    • Physical Sciences and Engineering 24-02-2010

    • Life Sciences17-03-2010

    • Social Sciences and Humanities07-04-2010

    Fp7 ideas programme the european research council and its funding schemes


    • Specific text of “Call for Proposal”

    • ERC Work Programme

    • ERC Guide for Applicants (!)

    • ERC Grant agreement


    • ERC Guide for Grant Holders

    • ERC Guide for Peer Reviewers

    • ERC Rules on submission, evaluation, selection and award procedures

      Read always the last published versions !

      available at http://erc.europa.eu

    Up to date information erc website at http erc europa eu

    Up-to-date InformationERC website at http://erc.europa.eu

    NEW SECTIONFunded Projects

    Applicants services information and helpdesks

    Applicants ServicesInformation and helpdesks

    • ERC News Alerthttp://erc.europa.eu/newsalert

    • ERC National Contact PointsIn Sweden: Ana Beramendi, VR ([email protected]) and Gunnar Sandberg, Vinnova ([email protected])

    • ERC helpdeskhttp://ec.europa.eu/research/enquiries

    • EPSS helpdesktechnical support on electronic proposal submissionhttps://www.epss-fp7.org/epss/helpdesk.jsp

    Fp7 ideas programme the european research council and its funding schemes




    Thank you!




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