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  1. FP7 IDEAS ProgrammeThe ERC funding schemes Gianpietro van de Goor, PhDDeputy Head of Unit “Strategic matters and relations with the ERC Scientific Council” ERC-DIS / European Commission Kalkara/Malta, 11 September 2008

  2. ERC, “Ideas” and FP7Main issues • An “integrated structure” with a specific vocation • Independent scientific governance (Scientific Council) • Dedicated Implementation Structure (Executive Agency) • Part of the “family” of FP7 and complementary to other FP7 supports to research • Bottom-up vs targeted research • Individual teams vs consortia • FP7 “Ideas” programme provides funding • Budget (2007-2013) : € 7.51 bn (around 15% of FP7 budget) • Average budget: € ~1 bn per year

  3. ERC Grant schemesStrategic principles • All fields of science and scholarship are eligible • Investigator-driven, bottom-up • Excellence is the only valid criterion • Individual team + research project • Investment in research talent • Attractive, flexible grants, up to five years • Under control of the lead researcher (Principal Investigator) • Independent individual teams in Europe • Nationality and Age of researchers is not relevant • Host organisation to be located in EU or AS

  4. ERC Grant schemes Frontier research - A different understanding of basic research • A new understanding of fundamental, forward-looking researchavoiding distinctions • between “basic” and “applied” research • between “science” and “technology” • relying on “traditional” disciplines • The term “Frontier research” reflects • going beyond these categories • critical importance of fundamental research in S&T • risk-taking nature of research at and beyond the frontiers of knowledge (adventurous/pioneering, novel/original, ambitious/innovative, high-risk/high-impact) • fluidity of disciplinary boundaries

  5. ERC Grant schemes3R and 2 schemes Aim:Retain – Repatriate – Recruit • Favour “brain gain” and “reverse brain drain” • improve career opportunities and independence - especiallyfor young researchers • increase competition, recognition and international visibility - for excellent individual scientists and scholars in Europe • Raise aspiration and achievement of basic research in Europe 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

  6. EU Member States Associated States ERC Grant schemesWho can apply? – General requirements • Principal Investigator Nationality, age or current placeof work not relevant • Host organisation To be located in MS or AS • Frontier Research Project All fields of science, engineeringand 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

  7. 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 • EPSS • Staged Evaluation Procedure • to manage large number of expected applications(almost 9167 proposals received in response to 1st Call for ERC Starting Grant proposals) • Panel-based international peer review process • Scientific Council selects panels and peer reviewers • Panels assess and select proposals

  8. ERC Grant schemes Calls and Budget 2006 – 2011 (prospective schedule) │ 8

  9. ERC Grant schemesAll fields, budget pre-allocation in 3 + 1 areas • ERC covers all fields of science, engineering and scholarship • For operational reasons the ScC agreed on 3 main research domains + 1 horizontal domain: • Physical Sciences & Engineering – 10 Panels • Life Sciences (incl. medical) – 9 Panels • Humanities & Social Sciences – 6 Panels • Interdisciplinary Research (cross-panel / cross-domain) – Panel Chairs • The call budget will be pre-allocated to these areas as follows: • 39% - 34% - 14% - 13%

  10. ERC Grant SchemesEvaluation: Scientific Excellence is the sole criterion Evaluation of Excellence at 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 • Threshold ≥ 2 per criterion Criteria under Heading 3 will be considered as "pass/fail" and commented but not scored

  11. ERC Grant SchemesPeer Review Evaluation Panels • 25(20) Panels covering all fields of science, technology and scholarship • 3 sets of Panels: 1 StG Panels, 2 AdG Panels • Each Panel consists of the Panel Chairand 10-15 Panel Members • Panel Chair oversees evaluation process for the proposals assigned to his/her panel in collaboration with the ERC staff • The Panel Chair gives high level credibility stamp and visibility to the whole evaluation process

  12. ERC Grant AgreementConcept • Agreement between ERC and Principal Investigator’s (PI’s) hosting organisation (beneficiary) • 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 • Single grant holder approach • PI and members from same organisation • But: multi-partner/multi-national teams are possible