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A public seminar by Prof. Donald Dingwell, Director General, European Research Council took place in Academy House on Thursday, 16 May 2013. The chair for the event was Prof. Aoife McLysaght, Trinity ...

A public seminar by Prof. Donald Dingwell, Director General, European Research Council took place in Academy House on Thursday, 16 May 2013. The chair for the event was Prof. Aoife McLysaght, Trinity College Dublin, ERC Starting Grant Holder 2012.

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    • FP7 IDEAS ProgrammeThe European Research CouncilEstablished by the European CommissionThe European Research CouncilERC Calls 2007 – 2013: An overview with focus on IrelandERC: Preparing for the unexpectedp g pDonald B. DingwellERC Secretary GeneralRIA Seminar: How to Succeed with theEuropean Research CouncilD bli 16th f M 2013ERCEA Unit A1 Support to the Scientific CouncilDublin, 16th of May 2013
    • OutlineEstablished by the European CommissionOutlineBackgroundFunding Schemes and StatisticsgEarly Impact SignsProspects – Horizon 2020│ 2
    • What is ERC?Established by the European CommissionWhat is ERC?The ERC supports excellence in frontier research througha bottom-up, individual-based, pan-European competitionBudget: € 7.5billion (2007-2013) - € 1.1 billion /yearslationScientific governance: independent Scientific Councilwith 22 members; full authority over funding strategySupport by the ERC Executive Agency (autonomous)LegisSupport by the ERC Executive Agency (autonomous)Excellence as the only criterionSupport for the individual scientist – no networks!Global peer-reviewNo predetermined subjects (bottom-up)ategyp j ( p)Support of frontier research in all fields of scienceand humanities │ 2Stra
    • ERC StructureEstablished by the European CommissionERC StructureThe European Commission• Provides financing through the EU framework programmes• Guarantees autonomy of the ERC• Assures the integrity and accountability of the ERCAssures the integrity and accountability of the ERC• Adopts annual work programmes as established bythe Scientific CouncilThe ERC Scientific Council• 22 prominent researchers proposed by an independentidentification committee• Appointed by the Commission (4 years, renewable once)• Establishes overall scientific strategy; annual work programmes(incl. calls for proposals, evaluation criteria); peer review methodology;The ERC Executive Agencyselection and accreditation of experts• Controls quality of operations and management• Ensures communication with the scientific communityThe ERC Executive Agency• Executes annual work programme as established by the Scientific Council• Implements calls for proposals and provides information and support to applicants• Organises peer review evaluation• Establishes and manages grant agreementsg g g• Administers scientific and financial aspects and follow-up of grant agreements• Carries out communication activities and ensures information disseminationto ERC stakeholders
    • ERC Scientific Council MembersEstablished by the European CommissionProf. Don DingwellERC Secretary General• Prof. Klaus BOCK (Chemistry)• Prof. Nicholas CANNY (History)• Prof. Sierd A.P.L. CLOETINGH (Earth Sciences)• Prof. Tomasz DIETL (Physics)• Prof. Daniel DOLEV (Computer Sciences)• Prof. Athene DONALD (Biological Physics)• Prof. Carlos M. DUARTE (Biology)• Dr. Barbara ENSOLI (Medicine)f S ( )• Prof. Daniel ESTEVE (Physics)• Prof. Pavel EXNER (Applied Mathematics & Mathematical Physics), ERC Vice President• Prof. Reinhard GENZEL(Astrophysics)• Prof. Carl-Henrik HELDIN (Molecular Cell Biology), ERC Vice President• P f Ti th HUNT (Bi l )• Prof. Timothy HUNT (Biology)• Prof. Matthias KLEINER (Engineering)• Prof. Eva KONDOROSI (Biology)• Prof. Nuria SEBASTIAN GALLES (Psychology)• P f H l NOWOTNY (S i d T h l St di ) ERC P id t• Prof. Helga NOWOTNY (Science and Technology Studies), ERC President• Prof. Alain PEYRAUBE (Linguistics)• Prof. Mart SAARMA (Biology)• Prof. Anna TRAMONTANO (Biochemistry)• P f I b ll VERNOS (M l l d C ll Bi l )• Prof. Isabelle VERNOS (Molecular and Cell Biology)• Prof. Reinhilde VEUGELERS (Economics)
    • FP7 budget € 50.5 billionEstablished by the European CommissionFP7 budget € 50.5 billionERC budget € 7.5 billion; increase by € 250 M/yearC i IdPeople(9 %)Capacities(8 %)JRC non-nuclear (3 %)1800Co-operation(65 %)Ideas(15 %)21 6%23.4%1200150015.1%17.8%21.6%9001200MillionEuro10.8%7.3% 3006004%02007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
    • After 6 years of existence…Established by the European CommissionyA success storymore than 3.400 funded proposals; over € 5.5 billion awarded“excellence attracts excellence”: 50% of PIs in 50 institutions,but more than 500 different host institutions in 29 countrieshost the other 50% of the projectshighly competitive: average success rate 12%EU value added: pan-European competition amongh f th fi t tiresearchers for the first time everstrengthening peer-review-based evaluation systemsstrong structuring effects: reshaping the European landscapeof basic/frontier researchki E tt ti i th l b l titi fmaking Europe more attractive in the global competition forscientific talent │ 7
    • OutlineEstablished by the European CommissionOutlineBackgroundFunding Schemes and StatisticsgEarly Impact SignsProspects – Horizon 2020│ 8
    • ERC Grant schemesEstablished by the European CommissionERC Grant schemesAdvanced GrantsStarting Grantsstarters(2-7 years after PhD)Advanced Grants track-record ofsignificant researchachievements in theConsolidator Grantsconsolidators(7 12 years after PhD)(2-7 years after PhD)up to € 2.0 Miofor 5 yearsachievements in thelast 10 yearsup to € 3.5 Miof 5(7-12 years after PhD)up to € 2.75 Miofor 5 yearsfor 5 yearsSynergy Grants2 – 4 Principal Investigatorsup to € 15 0 Mio for 6 yearsProof‐of‐Concept bridging gap between research - earlieststage of marketable innovationup to €150 000 for ERC grant holdersup to € 15.0 Mio for 6 years up to €150,000 for ERC grant holders
    • Creative freedom of the individual granteeEstablished by the European CommissionCreative freedom of the individual granteeERC offers independence, recognition & visibilityt k h t i f h i ith t f h i• to work on a research topic of own choice, with a team of own choice• to gain true financial autonomy for 5 yearst ti t ith th h t i tit ti th b t diti f k• to negotiate with the host institution the best conditions of work• to attract top team members (EU and non-EU) and collaboratorst ith th t t l i E if ( t bilit• to move with the grant to any place in Europe if necessary (portabilityof grants)• to attract additional funding and gain recognition; ERC is a qualityto attract additional funding and gain recognition; ERC is a qualitylabel│ 10
    • Researcher career developmentEstablished by the European Commissionpand complementary funding schemesERC AdvancedERC S G S SeniorProfessorERC StG - StartersERC StG – ConsolidatorsERC SyG– SynergyJunior Professor/Junior ResearcherFull ProfessorMarie CurieERC StG StartersPost-docsP tJunior ResearcherAssociated ProfessorErasmusStudentsPostGraduates
    • Excellence is the sole evaluation criterionEstablished by the European CommissionExcellence is the sole evaluation criterionEvaluation of excellence at two levels:• Excellence of the Research ProjectjGround breaking naturePotential impactScientific ApproachAdded-value of the Group (only SyG)• Excellence of the Principal Investigator• Excellence of the Principal InvestigatorIntellectual capacityCreativityCreativityCommitmentReferees and panels evaluate and score each criterion which resultsReferees and panels evaluate and score each criterion, which resultsin a ranking of the proposals.
    • ERC Competitions 2007 – 2012Established by the European CommissionEvaluated* Funded success rates**Starting Grant 2007 9,167 8,787 299 3.4Total numberof applicationsof whichStarting Grant 2009 2,503 2,392 245 10.2Starting Grant 2010 2,873 2,767 436 15.8Starting Grant 2011 4,080 4,005 486 12.1Starting Grant 2011 4,080 4,005 486 12.1Starting Grant 2012 4,741 4,652 566 12.2Starting Grant 23,364 22,603 2,032 10.7Ad d G t 2008 2 167 2 034 282 13 9Advanced Grant 2008 2,167 2,034 282 13.9Advanced Grant 2009 1,584 1,526 245 16.1Advanced Grant 2010 2,009 1,967 271 13.8Advanced Grant 2011 2,284 2,245 301 13.4Advanced Grant 2012 2,304 2,269 321 14.1Advanced Grant 10,348 10,041 1,420 14.3, , ,Proof of Concept 2011 - 1&2 151 139 51 36.7Proof of Concept 2012 - 1&2 143 120 60 50.0Proof of Concept 294 259 111 43 3│ 13Data as of 08/04/2013Proof of Concept 294 259 111 43.3Synergy Grant 2012 710 697 11 1.6* withdrawn and ineligible proposals not taken into account** percentage of funded proposals in relation to evaluated proposals
    • O 3400 t d d ft 10 StG d AdG llEstablished by the European CommissionOver 3400 grants awarded after 10 StG and AdG calls
    • Evaluated proposals from hosts in IrelandEstablished by the European Commissionp pERC Starting and Consolidator Grant calls 2007 – 2013ERC Advanced Grant calls 2008 – 2013│ 15Ineligible and withdrawn proposals not taken into account; *) all submitted for 2013 calls
    • Granted proposals at host institutions in IrelandERC Starting grant 2007 2012Established by the European CommissionERC Starting grant 2007 – 2012ERC Advanced grant 2008 – 2012│ 16* current host institutions; data as of 08/04/2013
    • Success rates per country of Host InstitutionEstablished by the European CommissionERC Starting Grant calls 2007 – 2012ERC Advanced Grant calls 2008 – 2012*) First legal signatories of the first grant agreement taken into account
    • ERC grant distribution to countries of HIEstablished by the European CommissiongERC Starting and Advanced grant calls 2007 – 2012│ 18*) Host institution refers to the organisation with which the first grant agreement was signed
    • Mobility of researchersEstablished by the European CommissionERC Starting and Advanced Grant calls 2007 – 201211 foreign grantees in Ireland│ 1919 Irish grantees abroad: 13 in UK, 2 in NL, 2 in DE,1 in FR, 1 in SE
    • Host institutions in IrelandERC Starting grant 2007 2012Established by the European CommissionERC Starting grant 2007 – 2012ERC Advanced grant 2008 – 2012│ 20Current host institutions; data as of 08/04/2013
    • TopEuropeanInstitutionsCountry Higher-Education Institution No StG AdG Total LS PE SHUK University of Cambridge 1 54 40 94 31 49 14UK University of Oxford 2 47 43 90 26 43 21UK University College London 3 42 27 69 28 14 27Established by the European Commissionhostingat least 25ERCUK University College London 3 42 27 69 28 14 27CH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) 4 38 30 68 19 48 1CH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) 5 22 41 63 21 40 2IL Hebrew University of Jerusalem 6 33 24 57 25 21 11Granteesby fundingSchemesIL Weizmann Institute 7 31 21 52 30 21 1UK Imperial College 8 28 23 51 20 31BE University of Leuven 9 25 10 35 10 17 8DE University of Munich 10 12 21 33 15 12 6StG 2007-2012AdG 2008-2012Fi t l lDE University of Munich 10 12 21 33 15 12 6UK University of Edinburgh 11 17 15 32 8 13 11UK University of Bristol 12 13 17 30 6 19 5NL University of Amsterdam 13 15 14 29 3 8 18First legalsignatoriesof the grantagreementNL Leiden University 13 15 14 29 1 15 13FI University of Helsinki 14 16 12 28 19 7 2IL Technion - Israel Institute of Technology 15 21 6 27 9 18DK University of Copenhagen 16 15 11 26 9 11 6Data as of 08/04/2013DK University of Copenhagen 16 15 11 26 9 11 6CH University of Zurich 17 12 13 25 15 5 5NL Radboud University Nijmegen 17 17 8 25 8 8 9SE Karolinska Institute 17 15 10 25 24 1Country Research Organisation No StG AdG Total LS PE SHFR National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) 1 121 57 178 47 103 28DE Max Planck Society 2 54 37 91 49 36 6FR National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) 3 28 13 41 41FR National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) 3 28 13 41 41FR French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission 4 30 7 37 6 30 1ES Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) 5 19 11 30 13 12 5FR National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automatic Control (INRIA) 6 17 12 29 29
    • 25 panels for all areas of scienceEstablished by the European CommissionpSocial Sciences & Humanities6 panelsIndividuals institutions and marketsPhysical MathematicsSciences Fundamental constituents of matter& Condensed matter physicsEngineering Physical and analytical chemical sciencesOver 600 grantsIndividuals, institutions and marketsInstitutions, values, beliefs andbehaviourEnvironment, space and populationEngineering Physical and analytical chemical sciencesSynthetic chemistry and materials10 panels Computer science and informaticsSystems and communication engineeringThe Human MindCultures and cultural productionThe study of the human pastProducts and processes engineeringUniverse sciencesEarth system scienceOver 1500 grantsLife Molecular and structural biology and biochemistrySciences Genetics, genomics, bioinformatics and systems biologyCellular and developmental biology9 panels Physiology pathophysiology and endocrinology9 panels Physiology, pathophysiology and endocrinologyNeurosciences and neural disordersImmunity and infectionDiagnostic tools, therapies and public healthE l i l i d i l bi lOver 1200 grants│ 22Evolutionary, population and environmental biologyApplied life sciences and biotechnology
    • ERC panel members by country of HI and genderEstablished by the European CommissionERC Starting and Advanced Grant calls 2007 – 2012│ 23* Number of instances that experts of a certain country of origin are contributing to the ERC peer review
    • Frontier research and innovation:Established by the European CommissionFrontier research and innovation:ERC Proof of ConceptInitiated to help ERC grant-holder to bridge the gapbetween their research and the earliest stage of agmarketable innovationSupporting grant-holders during the pre-demonstrationg g gUp to 150.000 Euro per grantOne step evaluation2011 2012Total applications 151 143Evaluated* 139 120p Evaluated* 139 120Funded 51 60* withdrawn and ineligible proposals notFirst call in Autumn 2011 with 2 deadlinesSecond call in 2012 with 2 deadlinesg p ptaken into accountSeco d ca 0 t dead esThird call in 2013 (deadlines 24 April and 3 October)
    • ERC Proof of Concept – areas of applicationEstablished by the European CommissionERC Proof of Concept areas of applicationPoC scheme was introduced in 2011 to allow researchers who are alreadyERC grant holders to bridge the gap between their research and the earlieststage of an innovationstage of an innovation│ 25
    • Number of ERC grants vs number of PoC grantsEstablished by the European CommissionNumber of ERC grants vs number of PoC grants(Total PoC grants: 111)│ 26
    • Share of ERC grants vs share of PoC grantsEstablished by the European Commissiong g2011 and 2012│ 27
    • Speeding up the discovery process:Established by the European Commissiong yERC Synergy grant2012 work programme on a pilot basis2 – 4 Principal Investigators; complementary skills,knowledge & resources; to jointly address frontier researchknowledge & resources; to jointly address frontier researchproblemsUp to €15m for up to six yearsBased on ERC principles (no consortia, no networks):• bottom-up and risk-taking• driven by scientific demand• PIs expected to spend significant “core time” togetherl H t I tit ti b t t i d t b• only one Host Institution, but groups not required to bephysically located in the same place710 submissions to the first SyG Call; 1 6% success rate710 submissions to the first SyG Call; 1.6% success rate449 submissions to the second SyG Call
    • SYNERGY 2012 –Established by the European CommissionSuccessful Host Institutions│ 29
    • OutlineEstablished by the European CommissionOutlineBackgroundFunding Schemes and StatisticsgEarly Impact SignsProspects – Horizon 2020│ 30
    • Publications from ERC funded projectsEstablished by the European Commissionp jOver 10 000 articles acknowledging ERC funding│ 31* Thomson Reuters, WoS, End of 2012
    • ERC Grantees features prominently amongEstablished by the European CommissionLaureates of prestigious Prizes and AwardsJean-MarieLehnJamesHeckmanTheodorHanschChristoforosPissaridesAndreGeimKonstantinNovoselovNobel 2010SergeHarocheNobel 2012Stanislav Smirnov AdG 2008Simon Donaldson AdG 2009Elon Lindenstrauss AdG 20102013 Wolf Prize awarded to Peter Zoller - SyG 20122013 Holberg Prize awarded to Bruno Latour - AdG 20102013 Crafoord Prize awarded to Lars Klareskog AdG 2009Elon Lindenstrauss AdG 2010Other Prizes awarded to ERC granteesEMBO GOLD MEDAL 2011 – Simon BOULTON - AdG 20102012 Prizes awardedto ERC grantees2013 Crafoord Prize awarded to Lars Klareskog - AdG 2009FEBS|EMBO WOMEN IN SCIENCE 2011 - Carol ROBINSON - AdG 2010EMBO GOLD MEDAL 2010 – Jason W CHIN - StG 2007THE SHAW PRIZE IN MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES 2011 - Christodoulou Demetrios - AdG 2009CRAFOORD PRIZE 2011 and EUROPEAN LATSIS PRIZE 2010 – Ilkka Hanski - AdG 2008EMBO GOLD MEDAL 2012 Jiri FRIML - StG 2011BALZAN PRIZE 2012 David BAULCOMBE - AdG 2008EUROPEAN LATSIS PRIZE 2012Uffe HAAGERUP - AdG 2009│ 32LORÉAL-UNESCO AWARD FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE 2011 - Anne LHuillier - AdG 2008WOLF PRIZE 2010 – Anton ZEILINGER, David BAULCOMBE-AdG 2008, Alain ASPECT–AdG 2010MILLENIUM AWARD 2010 – Michael GRATZEL - AdG 2009KELVIN PRIZE 2012 Colin McINNES - AdG 2008LEIBNIZ PRIZE 2012 Michael BRECHT - AdG 2008& Joerg WRACHTRUP - AdG 2010
    • Developing a new generation of excellent scientists/ f ff fEstablished by the European Commission2/3 of staff are people in the training phase of their career(analysis of 636 on-going projects)│ 33
    • ERC grantees with a non-ERA nationality*Established by the European CommissionERC Starting Grant calls 2007 – 2012ERC Advanced Grant calls 2008 – 2012TOTAL number of grantees with non-ERA nationality :153 StG and 79 AdGData as of 08/04/2013*) nationality as last declared by the principal investigator
    • Attracting excellent researchersEstablished by the European CommissiongComposition of ERC teams (PIs not included)EU 69%EU: 69%Assoc. Countries: 11%non-ERA: 17%unknown: 3%u o 3%Most non-ERA fromChina US IndiaChina, US, India,and Russia50% of non-ERABreakdown by nationality (97)50% of non-ERAteam membersattracted toEurope with the ERC│ 35Breakdown by nationality (97)(sample of 636 Starting and Advanced projects) grant
    • OutlineEstablished by the European CommissionOutlineBackgroundFunding Schemes and StatisticsgEarly Impact SignsProspects – Horizon 2020│ 36
    • ERC prospects for the futureEstablished by the European CommissionERC prospects for the futureRising number of applications
    • HORIZON 2020Established by the European CommissionHORIZON 2020HORIZON 2020 structure:− Excellent ScienceI d t i l L d hi− Industrial Leadership− Societal Challenges− EITEIT− JRCExcellent Science: reinforcing and extending the excellence of theEU’s science base and consolidating ERA to make EU’s R&I systemmore competitive on a global scaleEuropean Research Council (budget proposal under H2020: € 15 billion)European Research Council (budget proposal under H2020: € 15 billion)Future and Emerging TechnologiesMarie CurieR h I f t tResearch Infrastructures│ 38
    • Established by the European CommissionMore information onhtt //http://erc.europa.euTo subscribe to ERC newsletter and newsalertsTo subscribe to ERC newsletter and newsalertshttp://erc.europa.eu/keep-updated-ercFollow us onhttps://www.facebook.com/EuropeanResearchCouncilhttps://twitter.com/ERC_Research