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Volker WACHTLER Scientific Officer Scientific Management Department Starting Grant Unit 61 st Nobel Laureate Meeting

European funding opportunities: the ERC. Volker WACHTLER Scientific Officer Scientific Management Department Starting Grant Unit 61 st Nobel Laureate Meeting Lindau , 29 June 2011. What is the ERC?.

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Volker WACHTLER Scientific Officer Scientific Management Department Starting Grant Unit 61 st Nobel Laureate Meeting

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  1. European funding opportunities: the ERC Volker WACHTLER Scientific Officer Scientific Management Department Starting Grant Unit 61st Nobel Laureate Meeting Lindau, 29 June 2011

  2. What is the ERC? The European Research Council (ERC) is the first European funding body set up to support investigator-driven frontier research. Its main aim is to stimulate scientific excellence by supporting and encouraging the very best, truly creative scientists, scholars and engineers to be adventurous and take risks in their research. The scientists are encouraged to go beyond established frontiers of knowledge and the boundaries of disciplines. │2

  3. The Scientific Council 22 members The Executive Agency 389 employees by 2013 ------------------------------ The Experts 25 panels per call Panel Chairs and Panel Members External reviewers The Applicants The ERC structure │3

  4. The Scientific Council establishes the overall scientific strategy of the ERC, establishes and oversees the ERC's scientific management and the implementation of the Work Programme. The ERC structure │4

  5. The Executive Agency executes the annual Work Programme, implements calls for proposals, organises peer review evaluation, establishes and manages grant agreements, administers scientific and financial aspects and follow-up of grant agreements, provides information and support to applicants. The ERC structure │5

  6. The FP7 “Ideas” programme ERC is complementary to other FP7 programmes Cooperation: bottom-up vs. targeted research Cooperation: individual teams vs. consortia People, Capacities Ideas Budget (2007-2013): € 7.51 bn (around 15% of FP7 budget) Average budget: € ~1 bn per year The FP7 programmes │6

  7. What kind or research is funded? Frontier research All fields of science and scholarship are eligible Investigator-driven, bottom-up Physical Sciences and Engineering, Life Sciences,Social Sciences and Humanities, cross-domain High-gain / high-risk Excellence is the sole criterion in evaluation applied to PI and research project The ERC grant schemes │7

  8. Individual teams in Europe Nationality, age, current place of work not relevant Host organisation to be located in EU Member State (MS) or Associated Country (AC) Host institution may be public or private StG: PI, team members, external team members The ERC grant schemes │8

  9. The host institution commits to offer appropriate conditions for the PI, i.a. that the PI may apply for funding independently manage the research and the funding publish independently supervise team members have access to appropriate space and facilities Portability The ERC grant schemes │9

  10. ERC Starting Grant (StG) the next generation of independent research leaders 2 – 12 years after doctoral degree up to € 2.0 Mio for 5 years ERC Advanced Grant (AdG) established independent research leaders up to € 3.5 Mio for 5 years Prestige: value beyond financial support The ERC grant schemes │10

  11. The profile of a StG applicant • Potential for research independence • Evidence of scientific maturity • At least one publication without participation of PhD supervisor Promising track-record of early achievements • significant publications • invited presentations in conferences • funding, patents, awards, prizes Specific stage of research career at time of application • starters (2-7 years) • consolidators (7-12 years) Streaming – comparable success rates │11

  12. ERC StG peer review evaluation STEP 1 STEP 2 Remote assessment by Panel members and external reviewers of all sections Remote assessment by Panel members of section 1 Panel meeting + interview (StG) Panel meeting Consolidating Panel chairs meeting Proposals retained for step 2 Ranked list of proposals Feedback to applicants │12

  13. ERC review panels • Peer review is carried out through 25 panels which are grouped along the main scientific domains covering all fields of science • Panels have about 12-15 members and are coordinated by an ERC Scientific Officer • Panels may be assisted by external reviewers • See Guide for Applicants for panels and descriptors │13

  14. Submissions by call and domain │14

  15. ERC StG – Statistics To date, 985 funded Starting Grant proposals │15

  16. Submission deadlines for 2012 calls • Tentative => check website for latest news • Date of publication StG 2012: 20 July 2011 • Call closure deadline for submission: • Physical Sciences & Engineering: 12 October 2011 • Life Sciences: 09 November 2011 • Social Sciences & Humanities: 24 November 2011 • all 17.00 hrs Brussels local time • Call budget: € 730 Mio • Single submission, two-step evaluation • only Part B1 is evaluated during Step 1 │16

  17. Further information • On the ERC: • http://erc.europa.eu • On Marie Curie Actions: • http://ec.europa.eu/mariecurieactions • On fellowship programmes, job vacancies, services for researchers => EURAXESS: • http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess │17

  18. Thank you for your attention volker.wachtler@ec.europa.eu

  19. ERC StG – Grants by HI country │19

  20. ERC StG 2010 – Success rate by HI country │20

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