ERC Project - Martin Schroder


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ERC Project - Martin Schroder

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