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Oct 4, 2013 (4 years and 1 month ago)

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European Research Council:

Funding Opportunities for Investigator
-
Initiated Frontier Research

Dr. Dimitri Harmegnies

Research Project Adviser

European Research Council Executive Agency

ERC:
15%

Seventh Framework Programme for

Research and Technological Development

FP7 (2007
-
13)

European Research Council

ERC executes Ideas Programme:



7.51 billion

Total FP7 Budget:


50.4 billion

Keypoints

European Research Council




No network
requirements



PI + HI



Investigator
-
driven

(no
preset

of
themes

or
priorities
)


Opportunities



European Research Council

ERC: Aims



To reinforce
excellence
, dynamism and
creativity in European research



improve
career opportunities &
independence

for junior researchers


increase
competitiveness & international
visibility

of established scientists and
scholars in Europe




Researchers Career development

and complementary ERC funding schemes

Post
-
docs

Senior

Professor

Students &

Research

assistants

Post

Graduates

Junior Professor/

Associated Professor

Full Professor

Funding schemes:

Attractive, flexible grants

ERC
Starting

Grant (2
-
12 yrs post PhD)

ERC
Advanced

Grant

ERC
Proof of Concept

Grant (for ERC grantees)

ERC
Synergy

Grant (from 2012)

European Research Council

ERC grant holder

Researcher involved in ERC research projects

European Research Council

Starting and Advanced Grants


3 main scientific domains



LS: Life Sciences




PE: Physical Sciences and Engineering




SH: Social Sciences and Humanities


Previously (2007
-
2011) 4th
domain: Funded cross
-
panel or
cross domain

proposals
.

European Research Council

ERC Grant schemes 2012: StG and AdG


LS : Life Sciences




LS1 Molecular and Structural Biology and
Biochemistry



LS2 Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics and
Systems Biology



LS3 Cellular and Developmental Biology



LS4 Physiology, Pathophysiology and
Endocrinology



LS5 Neurosciences and neural disorders



LS6 Immunity and infection



LS7 Diagnostic tools, therapies and public
health



LS8 Evolutionary, population and environmental
biology



LS9 Applied life sciences and biotechnology





European Research Council

ERC Grant schemes : panels


PE: Physical Sciences and
Engineering





PE1 Mathematics



PE2 Fundamental constituents of matter



PE3 Condensed matter physics



PE4 Physical and analytical chemical sciences



PE5 Materials and synthesisPE6 Computer
science and informatics



PE7 Systems and communication engineering



PE8 Products and processes engineering



PE9 Universe sciences



PE10 Earth system science

SH : Social Sciences and Humanities



SH1 Individuals, institutions and markets



SH2 Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviour



SH3 Environment, space and population



SH4 The Human Mind and its complexity



SH5 Cultures and cultural production



SH6 The study of the human past

What kind of project?


Excellence

is the only criterion


Innovative breakthrough research:
high risk/high gain


All fields
of science and knowledge


Who can apply?


Excellent

researchers (PIs)

of

any

nationality, age or current place of work


In conjunction with a Host Institution (HI)

based in Europe or associated
countries


Individual research team:

Free to choose national or trans
-
national team,
if scientific added value, no consortia


The PI is expected to devote:


Starting Grant

:
at least
50%

of her/his total working time to the ERC funded
project and spend at least 50% of her/his total working time in an EU Member
State or associated country;


Advanced Grant

: at least
30%

of her/his total working time
to the ERC funded
project and spend at least 50% of her/his total working time in an EU Member
State or associated country



European Research Council

ERC: Strategy (1/2)

Host Institution



An ERC grant is awarded to the institution (Applicant Legal Entity) that
engages and hosts the Principal Investigator at least for the duration of the
project….with the explicit commitment that this institution offers appropriate
conditions for the Principal Investigator


The host institution must be established

in a Member State or an
associated country
. It may also be an International European Interest
Organisation (such as CERN, EMBL, etc.) or the European Commission's
Joint Research Centre (JRC).


The host institution can be
any legal entity (public or private), which has
the infrastructure and capacity to carry out a frontier research project
,
such as a university, a research organisation or a research
-
performing
company. Research
-
performing companies can host a PI as long as the PI's
independence is not constrained by the research strategy of the company


The ERC welcomes applications from Principal Investigators hosted by
private commercial research centres, including industrial laboratories.

European Research Council

ERC: Strategy (2/2)

Profile of StG applicant

European Research Council


Any nationality or age


Any current place of work


but: working or moving to work in Europe


2
-
12 years of experience after PhD


Potential for independence and evidence of maturity


e.g. publications without PhD supervisor


Track
-
record of early research achievements

appropriate to the research field and career stage






Starter & Consolidator streams

European Research Council

ERC
StG
: Starter and Consolidator streams


By definition in StG 2011 call



2
-
7 yrs post
-
PhD (starter)



7
-
12 yrs post
-
PhD (consolidator)


Extending eligibility window (max. 16.5 yrs) or changing
stream possible


Career break




maternity & paternity (
before or after PhD
)



illness, clinical qualifications, national service,

unemployment, volunteer work, etc (
after PhD
)



IMPORTANT:
Panel makes final decision



Active researchers having a track
-
record of significant research


achievements in the last 10 years




Benchmarks (one or more below) including

10 publications as senior author

3 major research monographs


Other (individually or in combination)



5 granted patents


10 invited presentations



3 research expeditions led by the applicant



3 organized prestigious conferences



International recognition through scientific prizes/awards


or membership in well
-
regarded academies







Profile of
AdG

applicant

European Research Council

Composition of ERC Proposal


PART A



online forms


A1

Proposal and PI info

A2

Host institution info

A3

Budget

PART B1



submitted as .pdf

Track Record of PI

StG: early achievements

StG: Scientific Leadership Potential

AdG: last 10 yrs

CV (including “funding ID”)


Extended synopsis


PART B2



submitted as .pdf


Full project description



incl. budget & ethics table



Annexes



submitted as .pdf


On ethics


Host institution support letter


StG: PhD certificate


European Research Council

Panels evaluate

just this part

in Step 1!!!!!

Panels evaluate

this part only in Step 2!!!

Review process (StG and AdG)


European Research Council

Remote assessment by Panel members
of
section B1

Step 1 Panel meeting

Proposals retained

for step 2

STEP 1

Remote assessment by Panel members
and external reviewers of
sections
B1&B2

Step 2 Panel meeting (+ interview
for StG)

Ranked list of
proposals

STEP 2

ERC Grant schemes


Up to 3 times panel’s

Indicative budget

Proposals funded in priority
order based on their rank

Feedback to

applicants

Feedback to

applicants

Opportunities

European Research Council




PI…



HI …




29

ERC open
calls

Publication
of call

Submission
Deadline(s)

Starting
Grants

ERC
-
2012
-
StG

20 July 2011

PE: 12 Oct. 2011

LS: 09 Nov. 2011

SH: 24 Nov. 2011

Advanced
grants

ERC
-
2012
-
AdG

16 November
2011

February
-
April
2012

Timetable of StG and AdG calls

European Research Council

European Research Council

Proof of Concept


Innovation

ERC Proof of Concept

European Research Council

ERC call name

Budget

Size of Grants

Publication of
call

Submission
Deadline(s)


Proof of Concept

ERC
-
2011
-
PoC



10M

CSA pilot



Max.

150,000
for 12mths



29 Mar. 2011


15 June 2011

78 proposals
submitted

08 Nov. 2011

Proof of Concept

ERC
-
2012
-
PoC


10M

(1% total 2012
budget)

Max.

150,000
for 12mths


02 Feb. 2012


03 May 2012

03 Oct. 2012



From ‘blue sky research’ to
commercialisation



Fundamental research often
generates opportunities for
commercial application



ERC
-
funded excellent ideas

should not miss these
opportunities!

Bridging the Innovation gap

Outcome
:

A "package" to be presented
to venture capitalists

Evaluation
:

In one step, non
-
scientific evaluation

Pass/fail on 3 criteria:


Innovation potential


Quality of the proof of concept plan


Budget

Eligibility
:

Holders of an ERC grant with idea substantially drawn from an
ERC
-
funded project

Proposal Submission
:

2 deadlines per year, 7 page proposal with short
description, early stage innovation strategy, plan of activities and budget

ERC Proof of Concept

European Research Council

European Research Council

Synergy grants



“Synergy


: from the Greek

συνεργός


(synergós):

“working together”



Investigator
-
driven ‘blue sky’
research


2
-
4 excellent PIs with
complementary skills


Interdisciplinary research with
added value


ERC Synergy Grants

European Research Council

ERC call name

Budget

Size of
Grant

Publication of
call

Submission
Deadline(s)

ERC Synergy
grant

ERC
-
2012
-
SyG


150M

(10% total
2012 budget)

Max.

15M
for upto six
years


25 Oct. 2011


25 Jan. 2012



Sole criterion is
excellence


not collaboration for its own
sake


Investigator driven
: no preset themes or priorities


Projects
interdisciplinary
in nature, using multidisciplinary
approaches


Projects involve new combinations of skills and
disciplines, bringing together researchers from different
institutions, sectors or countries



ERC Synergy: project profile

European Research Council


Small groups
of 2


4 Principal Investigators,
not

consortia


No transnationality requirement


PIs
ideally

located in the same place
for significant periods
of the project


Time commitment
of all PIs to project: at least 30% working
time on project and 50% in an EU Member State or
associated country


PIs with
excellent track records
of independent creative
thinking, regardless of career stage


ERC Synergy: PI profile

European Research Council

Support

European Research Council

ERC website
:
http://erc.europa.eu




Documents to read twice (with highlighter pen in hand!!!)

ERC Work Programme for the considered call

Guide for Applicants



Help



ERC National Contact Points



ERC Helpdesk




EPSS helpdesk (electronic proposal submission)


European Research Council





Thank you



Dimitri.Harmegnies@ec.europa.eu