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ERC Project - Martin Schroder
ERC Project - Martin Schroder
ERC Project - Martin Schroder
ERC Project - Martin Schroder
ERC Project - Martin Schroder
ERC Project - Martin Schroder
ERC Project - Martin Schroder
ERC Project - Martin Schroder
ERC Project - Martin Schroder
ERC Project - Martin Schroder
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  • 1. ERC Advanced Grant
    COORDSPACE
    Chemistry of Coordination Space:
    Extraction, Storage, Activation and Catalysis
    Martin Schröder
    Professor and Head of Inorganic Chemistry
    School of Chemistry
  • 2.
    • €2.5M over 5 years
    • 3. 1st Dec 2008 – 30th Nov 2013
    • 4. Application submitted in First Round of ERC Advanced Grant Call in Feb 2008
    • 5. Step 1 result late May 2008
    • 6. Step 2 result Sept 2008
    • 7. Negotiation
    • 8. Start of Grant 1st Dec 2008
  • The Application (Step 1)
    Materials and Synthesis PE5
    SECTION 1a
    Summary: abstract of application ½ page
    CV: awards, prizes, lectures, current funding 2 pages
    Scientific Leadership Profile: research impacts, leadership, mentoring, promotion of science and research (HoS) 2 pages
    10 year track record: 10 publications, editorial boards, conference organisation, conference proceedings, monographs 2 pages
    SECTION 1b
    Extended synopsis of project proposal: details and context of proposed research, deliverables, milestones, management and resources 5 pages
  • 9. The Application (Step 2)
    SECTION 2
    Project proposal: details and context of proposed research, deliverables, milestones, management and resources
    15 pages
    SECTION 3
    Research environment: is the University of Nottingham an appropriate host? 2 pages
    Application took 2 months to prepare
  • 10. The Evaluation Report
    1 Principal Investigator (Section 1a)
    Quality of research outputs/track record
    Intellectual capacity and creativity Mark out of 4
    2 Research Project (Section 2)
    Ground breaking nature of the research
    Potential impact
    Methodology
    High-gain/High-risk balance Mark out of 4
    3 Research Environment (Section 3)
    Contribution of the research environment to the project
    Pass or Fail
  • 11. Issues Highlighted by the Evaluation Report
    4 referees’ reports plus a Panel Summary
    Citation data, H index
    Awards and international distinctions
    Numbers of papers published
    Numbers of PhDs and postdocs supervised; destinations
    Track record of the University of Nottingham
    Research proposal: multi-faceted risk and impact assessments
    Speculative research: risk management
    Very transparent and clear assessment criteria
    Quality of reviewing
  • 12. Progress of Grant
    • 18 months into grant period
    • 13. Postdocs all appointed
    • 14. Administrative interactions with ERC have been very positive
    • 15. Negotiation period and post grant admin has been good
    • 16. Report 1 due by end of July 2010
    • 17. A template for the report has been received
    • 18. Milestones and deliverables
  • What is the best strategy?
    Who knows?
    • Emphasis on track record of PI
    • 19. Pure research; speculative high risk/high gain proposal
    • 20. Risk assessment and risk management critical
    • 21. Management: milestones and deliverables
    • 22. Impact in Grand Challenge themes
    Every statement must be supported by evidence and/or data
    Make sure that the proposal is reviewed before submission
  • 23. Modulation of H2 Binding Energy
    Li+ Enhanced
    Adsorption
    Cation-Induced
    Kinetic Trapping
    M. Schröderet al Nature Chem.1, 487-493, (2009).
    Patent. Hydrogen Storage - Pore with Gate. Application number: 0908839.4
  • 24. AcknowledgementsJenny RowleyJill HarrisElizabeth FrenchBethany YorkMathew RackleyMartin Pickard
    Thank you for your attention
    M.Schroder@nottingham.ac.uk

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