European Research Council

Report
FP7 IDEAS Programme
The European Research Council
… and its funding schemes.
Ana Beramendi
VETENSKAPSRÅDET
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ERC Grant schemes
3R and 2 schemes
Aim: Retain – Repatriate – Recruit exceptional researchers in any
field of science, engineering and scholarship to pursue
pioneering frontier research
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
Call Budget for Starting Grant 2010: € 528 Mio
Call Budget for Advanced Grant 2010: € 590 Mio
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Who can apply? – General requirements
1. Principal Investigator (PI)
 Nationality, age or current place of work not relevant - but: working or
moving to work in Europe (EU member state, FP7 Associated Country)
2. In conjunction with a Host organisation
 Legally recognised public or private research organisation
 To be located in MS or AC
3. Frontier Research Project
 All fields of science, engineering and scholarship are eligible
(investigator-driven, bottom-up)
4. Individual research team
 PI has freedom to choose National or trans-national character, if
scientific added value proven
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What is frontier research?
 Research at the frontiers is:
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Intrinsically risky
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Characterised by an absence of disciplinary boundaries
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of ground-breaking nature: addresses important challenges, has
ambitious objectives, has novel or unconventional concepts
and/or approaches
 The ERC wants to avoid outmoded distinctions:
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Between “basic” and “applied” research
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Between “science” and “technology”
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Between “traditional” disciplines
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ERC Grant schemes
Operational Principles
 Application in response to calls for proposals
 Principal Investigators applies in conjunction and on
behalf of a research-performing host institution
 Electronic Proposals Submission System (EPSS)
 Single submission, staged evaluation procedure
 to manage a large number of applications
 Panel-based international peer review process
 Scientific Council selects panels and peer reviewers
 Panels assess and select proposals
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ERC Grant schemes
All fields, budget pre-allocation in 3 + 1 areas
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ERC covers all fields of science, engineering and scholarship
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3 main research domains + interdisciplinary research:
 Physical Sciences & Engineering – 10 Panels
 Life Sciences (incl. medical) – 9 Panels
 Social Sciences & Humanities – 6 Panels
 Interdisciplinary Research (cross-panel / cross-domain) –
Panel Chairs meeting
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The call budget will be pre-allocated to these areas as follows:
 39% - 34% - 14% - 13%
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ERC Panel structure
Life Sciences (LS)
Social Sciences and Humanities (SH)
 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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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 (PE)
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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
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ERC Grant Schemes
Evaluation: Scientific Excellence is the sole criterion
Evaluation of Excellence at three levels:
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Quality of Principal Investigator
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Quality of Research Project
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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:
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1-4 per criterion (4:Outstanding, 3: Excellent, 2:Very Good, 1: NonCompetitive)
Threshold ≥ 2 per criterion. Note: Proposals passing quality thresholds
and which lie above the budgetary cut-off level will be retained.
Criteria under Heading 3 will be considered as "pass/fail" and commented
but not scored
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ERC Grant Agreement
Concept
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Agreement between ERC and Principal Investigator’s
(PI’s) hosting organisation
 Rights/obligations on scientific, financial, ethical conduct and
monitoring, eligible costs, IPR, modifications, grant portability
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Supplementary Agreement between PI and its hosting
organisation
 Rights/obligations: administration, project execution, IPR
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ERC Grant
The concept of ‘portability’
“Money follows the researcher”
 The Principal Investigator (PI) is entitled to transfer
the grant to another institution
 normally after a minimum 2 years at the sponsoring institution
 Proper justification and ERC approval required
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ERC Starting Grant
Profile of the PI
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Eligibility window: 2-10 years after PhD award - certain types of career
breaks are accepted up to a maximum of 4.5 years read the Guide for
Applicants!
 Starters : award of PhD from 2 to 6 years prior to call publication
 Consolidators : award of PhD over 6 and up to 10 years prior to call
publication.
Note: In order to assure comparable success rates for the starters and the
consolidators the indicative budget of each panel will be divided in proportion to the
budgetary demand of the proposals submitted by these two categories
• Potential for research independence and evidence of maturity
 at least one important publication without participation of PhD supervisor
and significant publications as main author.
 Monographs, invited presentations in well-established international
conferences, granted patents, awards, prizes, etc
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ERC Advanced Grant
Profile of the PI
• Any nationality or age
• Any current place of work – but: working or moving to work in Europe
(EU member state, FP7 Associated Country)
• Applicants must be scientifically independent
• Strong leadership profile (impact, recognition)
• Excellent track record (in recent years, achievements not older than
10 years) read the Guide for Applicants!
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ERC Starting Grant 2010
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Reapplication rules
• Major change for StG 2010 applicants (ERC-2010-StG):
 Every other call, unless proposal was evaluated above the quality treshold at
the end of step 1 of the evaluation.
• Note that for StG 2 (ERC-2009-StG) previous rule of reapplication still applies:
 no PI can apply to the StG 3 (ERC-2010-StG) unless proposal was evaluated
above the quality threshold during the step 2 but not funded due to insufficient
budget
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ERC Advanced Grant 2010
Reapplication rules
Modifications for AdG 2010
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WP 2009
WP 2010
Re-application rule: Applicants of
either ERC-2008-AdG or ERC-2009AdG calls need to have met the
quality threshold after step 1 to be
eligible for the ERC-2010-AdG call.
Re- application rule unchanged: Applicants
of either ERC-2008-AdG or ERC-2009AdG calls need to have met the quality
threshold after step 1 to be eligible for the
ERC-2010-AdG call.
Re-application rule changed: only allowed
to re-apply for ERC-2011-AdG if proposal is
evaluated above quality threshold at step-2
but not funded.
Involvement of PI: recommendation in Involvement of PI: at least 30% of working
time to the ERC-funded project while
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spending at least 50% of the total working
time in an EU Member State or Associated
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ERC Starting Grant
Proposal content and submission
ERC Grant proposal StG 2010
PART A – online forms
A1
A2
A3
Proposal, PI and HI data
Host institution info
Budget
Annexes*– submitted as .pdf
-Statement of support by host
- If applicable: explanatory info
and docs on ethical issues
- Ethical Issues Table
* use templates !
PART B1* – submitted as .pdf
Cover page
1 p.
Section 1 The Principal Investigator
Scientific Leadership Potential
2 p.
CV (including “funding ID”)
2 p.
Early achievements track record
2 p.
Extended synopsis
5 p.
PART B2* – submitted as .pdf
Section 2 Scientific proposal
15 p.
Objectives, methodology, resources,
ethical issues table
Section 3 Research Environment 2 p.
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Proposal evaluation
Submission
Part - A
Step 1
Part – B
Step 2
Part – B
Form A1
Form A2
Form A3
+ Annexes
Eligibility Check
Section 1
Section 1
Section 2
Section 2
Section 3
Section 3
Evaluation
- Indiv. Assessments
- PANEL MEETINGS
- Ranking
Evaluation
- Indiv. assessments
- Interdisciplinary flag
- Interviews (StG only)
- PANEL MEETINGS
- Ranking
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ERC Advanced Grant 2010
Guide for Applicants AdG 2010
 Structure: separated from the ERC Starting Grants
 Adjustments related to the WP 2010 changes
 Reference to the new Co-Investigator annex (to be uploaded with
personal data of Co-I e.g. Name/Gender/Address/Nationality)
 Increased emphasis on various aspects of proposal preparation and
submission such as:
─ ONLY Part B1 (not Part B2) is reviewed in Step 1 of the
evaluation
─ Strongly encourage to use costing table template to facilitate
the assessment of resources by the panels
─ Download submitted EPSS documents to check their
completeness and integrity before the deadline
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ERC Advanced Grant 2010
EPSS - examples of changes
Additional information/ questions A 1 form:
 Yes/No: Permission to use the title and abstract when
contacting remote referees
 Yes/No: Agreement to devote at least 30% of the
working time to the ERC-funded project (50% in Europe)
 Contact person for the ERC at the Host Institution to
communicate results
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ERC Advanced Grant 2010
Lessons learnt for AdG 2010
 Synopsis of Part B 1 should be carefully written (this
is the only proposal information that is accessible and judged at
step 1!)
 Coherency of budget figures (A3 and Part B2, in case of
doubt usually A3 figures serves as a reference)
 Individual reviews are done remotely and are not
harmonised (PIs sometimes do not seem to be aware of that)
 Evalution report  Evaluation report consists of panel
comments summarising the Panel decision (incl. key strength and
weaknesses) and individual comments (Panel Members, remote
referees) which may not be necessarily convergent!
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Deadlines
Starting Grant 2010
• Physical Sciences and Engineering
• Life Sciences
• Social Sciences and Humanities
28-10-2009
18-11-2009
09-12-2009
• Advanced Grant 2010
• Physical Sciences and Engineering
• Life Sciences
• Social Sciences and Humanities
24-02-2010
17-03-2010
07-04-2010
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Documentation
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Specific text of “Call for Proposal”
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ERC Work Programme
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ERC Guide for Applicants (!)
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ERC Grant agreement
Other:
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ERC Guide for Grant Holders
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ERC Guide for Peer Reviewers
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ERC Rules on submission, evaluation, selection and award
procedures
Read always the last published versions !
available at http://erc.europa.eu
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Up-to-date Information
ERC website at http://erc.europa.eu
NEW SECTION
Funded
Projects
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Applicants Services
Information and helpdesks
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ERC News Alert
http://erc.europa.eu/newsalert
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ERC National Contact Points
In Sweden: Ana Beramendi, VR ([email protected]) and Gunnar Sandberg,
Vinnova ([email protected])
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ERC helpdesk
http://ec.europa.eu/research/enquiries
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EPSS helpdesk
technical support on electronic proposal submission
https://www.epss-fp7.org/epss/helpdesk.jsp
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Obrigado
Danke!
Merci!
Thank you!
Gracie!
Gracias!
Ευχαριστώ!
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