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University of Gothenburg. 12 JUNE 2008. ERC. STARTING GRANTS. ERC Guiding principles of ERC schemes * Scientific excellence is the sole selection criterion * All fields of research are eligible * Individual teams led by independent PI are supported

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ERC

STARTING GRANTS

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ERC

Guiding principles of ERC schemes

* Scientific excellence is the sole

selection criterion

* All fields of research are eligible

* Individual teams led by

independent PI are supported

*Significant funding is provided to

attract the best researchers

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ERC Starting Grants last up to five years and provide €100,000 to €400,000 of funding per year, amounting to a total of €0.5 to 2.0 million Euro per grant.

some examples of successful topics

Some examples of successful topics

In vivo imaging of functional plasticity in the mammalian brain

Protein-activating shiftides: anti-cancer lead compounds

A combined experimental and computational approach for quantitative and mechanistic understanding of transcriptional regulation

deciphering the wiring structure of the regulatory networks that control mrna decay and translation
Deciphering the wiring structure of the regulatory networks that control mRNA decay and translation
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Planets - The Solar System and Beyond

Multi-photon Quantum Optics

Notes and suggestions on Novel methods in Condensed Matter Physics

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 The Promise and Limits of International Courts and Tribunals – Exploring the Conditions for Effective International Adjudication

The Design of International Institutions: Legitimacy, Effectiveness, and Distribution in Global Governance

Damaged people- the psychological impacts of abuse

the application structure

The application structure

The Principal Investigator (PI) (Max. 4 pages)

CV

ii. Self Evaluation

iii. Funding ID

b the research project max 10 pages state of the art and objectives ii methodology
b) The Research Project (Max. 10 pages)

State-of-the-art and objectives

ii. Methodology

the proposal structure

The proposal structure

iii. Resources and Budget

c) Research Environment (Max 2 pages)

i. Transition to independence

ii. Host institution

iii. Additional participants

+ Host institution support letter

starting grants
STARTING GRANTS

Independence implies that the PI has the authority to:-

○ Apply for funding independently of senior colleagues;

○ Direct the project, manage the research funding and make appropriate resource allocation decisions;

erc criteria
ERC Criteria

○ Publishing record as senior author and invite as co-author - only those who have contributed substantially to the reported work;

○ Supervise team members, including research students or others;

○ Have access to reasonable space and facilities for conducting the research.

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ERC

The Principal Investigator does not necessarily need to be employed by the hosting institution at the time when the proposal is submitted.

Can be of any nationality.

erc starting grant
ERC Starting Grant
  • PI must have his/her first PhD (or equivalent doctoral degree) more than 3 and less than 8 years prior to the deadline.
  • The PI must be supported by a legally established hosting institution, which is entitled to receive funds and is the applicant legal entity for the ERC grant.
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Research teams may also involve team members from other research organisations situated in the same or a different country.

Research teams can be of national or trans-national character.*

* Traditional approach of EU consortia proposals is excluded AND VERY FEW AWARDS WERE MADE TO GROUPINGS

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• Average grant requested ~ €1 Million

• Majority (85%) of PIs were EU nationals

• Only 4% were currently based outside the EU – and most of these are European seeking to return

• Majority applicants(87%) had 4-9 years post-PhD experience

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• 24% female; 76% male – but varies across disciplines

• 89% of host institutions are in the EU (11% in Associated Countries)

• Majority of proposals (89%) involved a single institution

• Only 4% of applications had more than 3 institutions involved

• High demand on EPSS

• Around 350 proposals ineligible; over 250 due to missing or invalid statement of support

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AVERAGE AGE OF SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES

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TYPICAL AWARDS

1.7MEuro

lessons from erc so far
LESSONS FROM ERC SO FAR

VERY HEAVY EMPHASIS ON STRENGTH OF THE PUBLICATION RECORD

FOCUS ON BUILDING THE CORE GROUP

NOT JUST ANOTHER PROJECT

BLAST OFF/LAUNCH PAD

lessons from erc so far1
LESSONS FROM ERC SO FAR

THE EVALUATORS TENDED NOT TO LIKE :-

[1] RESEARCH GROUPS THAT WERE BECOMING TOO BIG

[2] WHERE A HIGH PROPORTION OF THE PI’S OWN SALARY WAS INCLUDED

before you start
BEFORE YOU START

THINK ABOUT WHO YOU ARE WRITING FOR.

THINK ABOUT THE PANEL COMPOSITION

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PE5 Materials and Synthesis: materials synthesis, structure-properties relations, functional and advanced materials, molecular architecture, organic chemistry

PE5_1 Structural properties of materials

PE5_2 Solid state materials

PE5_3 Surface modification

PE5_4 Thin films

PE5_5 Corrosion

PE5_6 Porous materials

PE5_7 Ionic liquids

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PE5_8 New materials: oxides, alloys, composite, organic-inorganic hybrid, superconductors

PE5_9 Materials for sensors

PE5_10 Nanomaterials : nanoparticles, nanotubes

PE5_11 Biomaterials synthesis

PE5_12 Intelligent materials – self assembled materials

PE5_13 Environment chemistry

PE5_14 Coordination chemistry

PE5_15 Colloid chemistry

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PE5_16 Biological chemistry

PE5_17 Chemistry of condensed matter

PE5_18 Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis

PE5_19 Characterization methods of materials

PE5_20 Macromolecular chemistry,

PE5_21 Polymer chemistry

PE5_22 Supramolecular chemistry

PE5_23 Organic chemistry

PE5_24 Molecular chemistry

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LS3 Cellular and Developmental Biology: cell biology, cell physiology, signaltransduction, organogenesis, developmental genetics, pattern formation in plants andanimals

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LS3_1 Morphology and functional imaging of cells

LS3_2 Cell biology and molecular transport mechanisms

LS3_3 Cell cycle and division

LS3_4 Apoptosis

LS3_5 Cell differentiation, physiology and dynamics

LS3_6 Organelle biology

LS3_7 Cell signalling and cellular interactions

LS3_8 Signal transduction

LS3_9 Development, developmental genetics, pattern formation and embryology in animals

LS3_10 Development, developmental genetics, pattern formation and embryology in plants

LS3_11 Cell genetics

LS3_12 Stem cell biology

participation of other legal entities
Participation of other legal entities

If it is proposed that other legal entities participate in the project, in addition to the applicant legal entity, is their participation fully justified by the scientific added value they bring to the project?

Very few successful proposals involved more than one institution

key points
KEY POINTS
  • NOT JUST ANOTHER PROJECT
  • VISION IN THE RESEARCH
advanced investigator scheme
ADVANCED INVESTIGATOR SCHEME

CANDIDATES AT ANY CAREER STAGE

FULLY INDEPENDENT

ANY NATIONALITY

MUST BE SPONSORED

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ERC Advanced Grants last up to five years and provide €100,000 to €500,000 of funding per year, amounting to a total of €0.5 to 2.5 million Euro per grant*.

*Exceptionally up to 3.5 MEuro

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ERC

Be really adventurous