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European Research Council Its mission and calls for proposals. Dr Gabor Nagy ERC EA Head of Unit Advanced Grants June 2011. What is the ERC?. ERC is a new type of funding body in Europe to support excellence in frontier research, a bottom-up, individual-team, pan-European competition

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European Research Council

Its mission and calls for proposals

Dr Gabor Nagy

ERC EA

Head of Unit

Advanced Grants

June 2011

what is the erc
What is the ERC?
  • ERC is a new type of funding body in Europe to support excellence in frontier research, a bottom-up, individual-team, pan-European competition
      • Scientific Council with 22 members
      • Support by the ERC Executive Agency
      • Significant budget (1.2 billion €/year)
      • Excellence as the only valid criterion
      • Support for the individual scientist – no networks!
      • International peer-review
      • No predetermined subjects (bottom-up)
      • Support of frontier research in all fields of science and humanities

Legislation

Strategy

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erc structure
ERC Structure

The European Commission

Provides financing through the EU framework programmes

Guarantees autonomy of the ERC

Assures the integrity and accountability of the ERC

Adopts annual work programmes as established by

the Scientific Council

The Scientific Council

  • 22 prominent researchers proposed by an independent

identification committee

  • Appointed by the Commission (4 years, renewable once)
  • Establishes overall scientific strategy; annual work programmes

(incl. calls for proposals, evaluation criteria); peer review methodology;

selection and accreditation of experts

  • Controls quality of operations and management
  • Ensures communication with the scientific community

The ERC Agency

  • Executes annual work programmeas established by the Scientific Council
  • Implements calls for proposals and provides information and support to applicants
  • Organises peer review evaluation
  • Establishes and manages grant agreements
  • Administers scientific and financial aspects and follow-up of grant agreements
  • Carries out communications activities and ensures information dissemination

to ERC stakeholders

erc scientific council members
ERC Scientific Council Members
  • Prof. Claudio BORDIGNON (IT – Medicine)
  • Prof. Nicholas CANNY, (IE – History)
  • Prof. Sierd A.P.L. CLOETINGH (NL – Earth Sciences)
  • Prof. Mathias DEWATRIPONT (BE – Economics)
  • Prof. Tomasz DIETL (PL – Physics)
  • Prof. Daniel DOLEV (IL – Computer Sciences)
  • Prof. Carlos M. DUARTE (ES – Biology)
  • Prof. Daniel ESTEVE (FR – Physics)
  • Prof. Pavel EXNER (CZ – Applied Mathematics & Mathematical Physics)
  • Prof. Hans-Joachim FREUND (DE- Physics & Physical Chemistry)
  • Prof. Carl-Henrik HELDIN (SE – Molecular Cell Biology)
  • Prof. Timothy HUNT (UK - Biology)
  • Prof. Norbert KROO (HU – Physics)
  • Prof. Maria Teresa LAGO (PT – Astrophysics)
  • Prof. Henrietta L. MOORE (GB – Social Anthropology)
  • Prof. Helga NOWOTNY (AT – Social Studies of Science), ERC President
  • Prof. Christiane NÜSSLEIN-VOLHARD (DE – Genetics)
  • Prof. Alain PEYRAUBE (FR – Linguistics)
  • Dr. Jens ROSTRUP-NIELSEN (DK – Chemistry)
  • Prof. Mart SAARMA (FI – Biology)
  • Prof. Anna TRAMONTANO (IT- Biochemistry)
  • Prof. Isabelle VERNOS, (ES – Molecular Biology)
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Capacities

People

(8 %)

JRC non-

(9 %)

nuclear (3 %)

Ideas

Co-operation

(65 %)

(15 %)

FP7 budget € 50.5 billion ERC budget € 7.5 billion; Increase by € 250 M/year

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ERC Grant SchemesFunding Strategy

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)
      • ERC Advanced Grant (AdG)

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StG grant

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ERC Granting schemes

Starting Grants

Advanced Grants

  • Attract/retain next-generation leaders
  • Address funding gap early in independent career
  • Establish independent research team & program
  • up to € 2.0 Mio for 5 years
  • Attract/retain current world-leaders
  • Stimulate investigator-driven, breakthrough research
  • up to € 3.5 Mio for 5 years

StG 2010

AdG 2010

Number of grantees

Age of grantees

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ERC Panel Structure: 25 Panels

Social Sciences and Humanities

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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
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Evaluation – Peer review

  • Panel Members appointed by the ERC; selected and recruited by ERC Scientific Council
  • ScC has high “recruiting power”
  • Recruited / attracted from all over the world: ~18% from outside the European Research Area
  • High level Panel Members add credibility / visibility / prestige to the programme
    • Several Panel Members with Nobel Prizes
  • All areas of human knowledge broken into 25 Panels with ~12 Panel Members, incl. a Panel Chair
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Success rates

ERC Starting & Advanced grant calls 2007 – 2010

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ERC Starting & Advanced grant calls 2007 - 2010International exchange of researchers

Number of ERC grantees

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Early impacts: ERC is reinforcing excellenceit attracts high calibre scientists

Fields Medals

2010

AdG2010

ERC Grantee AdG2008

ERC Grant holders

feature prominently

in the

announcements of

laureates of

prestigious

research prizes.

Elon Lindenstrauss

Hebrew Univ.

Stanislav Smirnov

Geneva Uni.

Ngô Bảo Châu

Université Paris-Sud

Cédric Villani

Institut Henri Poincaré

Wolf Prize

2010*

Alain Aspect

Inst. d’Optique, Palaiseau

(Physics)

Axel Ullrich

Max Planck (Medecine)

David Baulcombe

Cambridge Univ.

(Agriculture)

Anton Zeillinger

Vienna Univ.

(Physics)

ERC Grantee AdG2008

AdG2010

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ERC Grantee AdG2008

*4 European winners in “Science” categories”

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Evaluation and monitoring of ERC grants Which advisory services did you use for preparing your proposal?

Source: ERC CSA Project MERCI 2011

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Planned deadlines for 2012 calls

  • Tentative => check website for latest news
  • Date of publication StG 2012: 19 July 2011 (tbc)
  • Call closure deadline for submission:
    • Physical Sciences & Engineering: October 2011 (tbc)
    • Life Sciences: November 2011 (tbc)
    • Social Sciences & Humanities: November 2011 (tbc)
  • Call budget: € 730 Mio
  • Date of publication AdG 2012: November 2011 (tbc)

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Further information

  • ERC website :
  • http://erc.europa.eu
  • ERC News Alerthttp://erc.europa.eu/newsalert
  • ERC National Contact Pointsinform, raise awareness and provide advice on ERC funding opportunities, application, follow-up http://erc.europa.eu/ncp
  • ERC helpdeskhttp://ec.europa.eu/research/enquiries
  • Euraxess (EU portal for researchers) :
  • http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess