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Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020

European Research Council (ERC)

Edward Ricketts [email protected]

University of Edinburgh

13 November 2013


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What is horizon 2020

What is Horizon 2020?

  • The European Union’s funding instrument for research and innovation from 2014-2020

    • Budget of EUR 70,2 billion

    • From research to innovation – from basic research to bringing ideas to the market

    • Focus on societal challenges EU society is facing (e.g. health, clean energy, food security, integrated transport)

    • Concentration of resources on areas of high growth and innovation potential

    • Provides key measures to support industrial leadership, particularly innovative SMEs

    • Significant investment in excellence

  • Horizon 2020 overarching priority:

    Exiting the economic crisis through sustainable growth


Horizon 2020 structure

Horizon 2020 structure

Widening Participation; Science with and for Society

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

Joint Research Centre (JRC)

EURATOM


Excellent science rationale

Excellent Science: Rationale

  • Total budget 30% of Horizon 2020

  • Overall objective: “to strengthen the excellence of European research”

    • New research and ideas are drivers of competition

    • Attract and retain high potential individuals

    • Fund the most talented and creative researchers

    • Develop and maintain world-class research infrastructures


Excellent science

Excellent Science


Erc in horizon 2020

ERC in Horizon 2020

“The ERC shall provide attractive and flexible funding to enable talented and creative individual researchers and their teams to pursue the most promising avenues at the frontier of science….. scientific excellence shall be the sole criterion on which ERC grants are awarded. The ERC shall operate on a ‘bottom-up’ basis without predetermined priorities”.

Horizon 2020 proposal text


Erc in horizon 2020 what can be funded

ERC in Horizon 2020 – What can be funded?

  • The ERC seeks to fund the best ‘frontier research’ proposals submitted by excellent researchers in the area of their choice

  • Will fund projects led by a Principal Investigator, if necessary supported by a research team (no requirement for collaboration or forming consortia across different EU countries)

  • 25 panels in 3 domains which proposals can be submitted to:

    • Physical Sciences and Engineering (PE)

    • Life Sciences (LS)

    • Social Sciences and Humanities (SH)

      Total ERC budget: €11.6bn


Erc in horizon 2020 five schemes

ERC in Horizon 2020 – Five schemes


Career stages

Senior

Professor

Full Professor

Junior Professor/

Junior Researcher

Associate Professor

Post-docs

Post

Graduates

Students

Career Stages

ERC Advanced

ERC Consolidators

ERC Starters

Marie Curie

Erasmus

Team members in ERC projects


Erc guiding principles

ERC: guiding principles

  • Scientific excellence is the sole evaluation criterion

  • Significant funding is provided to attract exceptional research leaders

  • Grants are awarded to the host institution that engages and hosts the Principal Investigator – the PI will be employed by the host institution

  • The host institution guarantees the PI’s independence and provides the research environment to carry out the project and manage its funding


Erc starting consolidator grants

ERC Starting / Consolidator Grants

  • Aim to support excellent researchers at the stage of starting or consolidating their own independent research team or programme

  • Eligibility windows for PIs (same as for 2013 calls):

    • Starting Grants: 2 to 7 years after the PhD award

    • Consolidator Grants: 7 to 12 years after the PhD award

  • This is measured from the publication date of the call, and extensions are permitted only in a few strict cases (parental leave, long-term illness, etc)


Erc in horizon 2020 what type of researcher are the erc targeting

ERC in Horizon 2020 – What type of researcher are the ERC targeting?

  • Starting Grants and Consolidator Grants

  • The ERC panel will evaluate the PI’s “intellectual capacity, creativity and commitment”. This includes:

    • ability to propose and conduct ground-breaking research and achievements going beyond the state-of-the-art

    • abundant evidence of creative independent thinking

    • the ERC grant would contribute significantly to the establishment and/or further consolidation of the PI's independence

    • commitment to the project (minimum 50% of the PI’s total working time)

      * please note that this is the wording from the 2013 ERC calls


Erc in horizon 2020 s hould i apply

ERC in Horizon 2020 – should I apply?

Starting Grants

Who is a competitive candidate?

  • Must be able to show potential for excellence and evidence of maturity:

  • expectation for at least one important publication without the participation of the PhD supervisor

  • promising track record of early achievements appropriate to field and career stage, including:

    • significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed journals

    • and/or monographs

    • invited presentations, granted patents, awards, prizes etc

  • good leadership potential and must convince the ERC panel that the PI will be able to lead an ambitious ‘frontier research’ project


Erc in horizon 2020 s hould i apply1

ERC in Horizon 2020 – should I apply?

Consolidator Grants

Who is a competitive candidate?

  • Must be able to show potential for excellence and evidence of maturity:

  • it is expected thatapplicants will have produced several important publications without the participation of their PhD supervisor

  • promising track record of early achievements appropriate to field and career stage, including:

    • significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed major scientific journals

    • and/or monographs

    • invited presentations, granted patents, awards, prizes etc

  • good leadership potential and must convince the ERC panel that you will be able to lead an ambitious ‘frontier research’ project


Erc advanced grant

ERC Advanced Grant

  • Aims to support excellent, leading researchers to pursue groundbreaking research which opens up new directions in the field of their choice

  • Aims to “encourage substantial advances at the frontier of knowledge; as well as new productive lines of enquiry, methods and techniques”

  • No eligibility requirement concerning a PhD, but the PI must have an excellent track record of research achievements during the last 10 years


Erc in horizon 2020 what type of researcher are the erc targeting1

ERC in Horizon 2020 – What type of researcher are the ERC targeting?

  • Advanced Grants

  • The ERC panel will evaluate the PI’s “intellectual capacity, creativity and commitment” and their track record should be characterised by:

    • groundbreaking research & achievements going beyond the state-of-the-art

    • abundant evidence of creative independent thinking

    • sound leadership in the training and advancement of young scientists

    • commitment to the project (minimum 30% of the PI’s total working time)

      * please note that this is the wording from the 2013 ERC calls


Erc in horizon 2020 s hould i apply2

ERC in Horizon 2020 – should I apply?

Advanced Grants

Who is a competitive candidate?

  • track record of significant achievements in last 10 years:

    • 10 publications (as senior author) in major international journals

    • or 3 major research monographs

    • if appropriate to the research field, also:

      • granted patents

      • invited presentations

      • led expeditions

      • organised international conferences

      • international recognition (awards, prizes)

      • contributions to launching the careers of outstanding researchers

  • an “exceptional leader in terms of originality and significance of research contribution, with international recognition”

  • * please note that this the wording from the 2013 ERC calls


  • Erc synergy grants

    ERC Synergy Grants

    • Pilot scheme which funds ambitious, groundbreaking proposals submitted by a group of between 2 to 4 PIs (and their teams)

    • Very low success rate for first call in 2012, and the 2013 call results expected to be announced in late 2013

    • No call is expected to be launched in 2014 /15 ……

    • But the scheme could continue within Horizon 2020, as a limited part of the ERC’s portfolio of schemes (tbc)


    Erc proof of concept

    ERC Proof of Concept

    • Scheme for ERC grant holders to undertake further work to establish the innovation potential of an idea developed during the course of an ERC-funded project

    • Maximum grant: €150,000

    • Project duration: up to 18 months

    • Original ERC grant must be either ongoing or have ended less than 1 year before the publication date of the call


    Erc grant application process

    ERC grant application process

    • Applications submitted online through the Research Participant Portal

    • Apply to discipline-specific panel

    • Applications are in three parts

      • Part A: Admin forms

      • Part B1: Information on applicant and extended synopsis (5 pages) of proposal

      • Part B2: Detailed proposal (15 pages)


    Erc evaluation panels

    ERC Evaluation panels


    Erc in horizon 2020 what type of research projects can be funded

    ERC in Horizon 2020 – What type of research projects can be funded?

    Proposals evaluated solely on the basis of excellence (excellence of the PI and of the research project), and should address:

    • B1 Extended Synopsis (5 pages)

    • B2 Scientific Proposal (15 pages)

    • To what extent does the proposed research address important challenges?

    • To what extent are the objectives ambitious and beyond the state of the art?

    • How much is the proposed research high risk/high gain?

    • To what extent is the outlined scientific approach feasible?

    • To what extent is the proposed research methodology appropriate to achieve the goals of the project?

    • To what extent does the proposal involve developing novel methodology?

    • To what extent are the proposed timescales and resources necessary and properly justified?

      * please note that this is the wording from the 2013 ERC calls


    Erc evaluation process

    ERC evaluation process

    • Evaluation on excellence of PI and excellence of project

    • One stage application, two stage peer review evaluation

    • First stage evaluation looks only at Part B1

    • StGand CoG feature an interview at second stage

    • See here for lists of panel members for previous ERC calls: http://erc.europa.eu/evaluation-panels


    Application results

    Application results

    Step 1 evaluation applicants notified:

    • A: sufficient quality to pass to step 2 of the evaluation

    • B: high quality but not sufficient to pass to step 2

    • C: not sufficient quality to pass to step 2 of the evaluation

      Step 2 evaluation applicants notified:

    • A: fully meets the ERC’s excellence criterion and is recommended for funding if sufficient funds are available

    • B. meets some but not all elements of the ERC’s excellence criterion and will not be funded.

      Projects funded in ranking order – not all “A” projects funded


    What is not changing in horizon 2020

    What is not changing in Horizon 2020

    • Single beneficiary nature of projects

    • Innovative/unconventional/invention/new/emerging research

    • High risk/high gain

    • No nationality or mobility requirements

    • Pursuit of questions at or beyond the frontiers of knowledge

    • Any field of research (except nuclear)

    • Interdisciplinary proposals encouraged

    • Grants portable

    • Max grant amounts/ max length of project / min PI time


    What is changing in horizon 2020

    What IS changing in Horizon 2020

    • A change in balance of funding between schemes:

      • Indicative budgets for 2014:

        • Starting Grants €485m (22% increase compared to 2013)

        • Consolidator Grants €713m (36% increase compared to 2013)

        • Advanced Grants €450m (32% decrease compared to 2013)

    • Overhead rate 25% not 20%

      • Note that maximum grant levels have not changed.

    • Open access to be the norm: “the terms and conditions laid down in the ERC Model Grant Agreement will address how scientific publications must be made available through open access”


    What is changing in horizon 20201

    What IS changing in Horizon 2020

    • Different resubmission rules

      • Applicants scoring A at step 1 = will be able to resubmit to the next year’s call

      • Applicants scoring B at step 1 = will not be able to resubmit to the next year’s call

      • Applicants scoring C at step 1 = will not be able to resubmit to the next two years’ calls

      • Takes effect from 2015. Existing rule applies for 2014.


    Erc calls in 2014 very likely call dates

    ERC Calls in 2014 (very likely call dates)


    Erc in horizon 2020 budget

    ERC in Horizon 2020 – Budget

    • ERC allocated around €12.7 billion for Horizon 2020 (compares to the allocation of €7.5 billion for FP7). Highest amount of funding to go to the Starting Grants and Consolidator Grants schemes.

    • But due to the progressive increases in the annual ERC budget until 2013, the amount allocated for the 2014 calls will in fact be lower than in 2013:


    Erc since 2007 a few statistics

    ERC since 2007: a few statistics

    • UK was the most successful country in applying to the ERC in FP7:

    • See here for examples of funded projects: http://erc.europa.eu/erc-funded-projects


    Staying informed

    Staying informed

    Sign up to the UKRO portal and you will receive:

    • Updates on content of programme

    • Information on call dates and management/financial issues

    • Proposal writing workshops from January 2014 onwards

  • ERC website contains information on previous calls, guides to applicants, Q&A and details of evaluation panels for previous years’ calls http://erc.europa.eu


  • Thank you

    Thank you!

    • Questions?

    • ERC National Contact Pointhelpdesk

      • Email: [email protected]

      • Tel: +32 2289 6121

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