The ERC in Practice - Fiona Kernan

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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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  • 1. The European Research CouncilThe European Research CouncilThe ERC in PracticeThe ERC in PracticeFiona Kernan Ph DFiona Kernan, Ph.D.Consolidator Grant Call CoordinatorERC Executive AgencyScientific DepartmentScientific DepartmentRoyal Irish AcademyRoyal Irish AcademyDublin, Thursday 16 May 2013
  • 2. European Research CouncilOutlineEstablished by theEuropean CommissionOutlineStarting & Consolidator GrantsAdvanced GrantEvaluation ProcessPreparing an Application│ 2
  • 3. European Research CouncilERC Grant SchemesEstablished by theEuropean 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 Mfor 5 yearsachievements in thelast 10 yearsup to €3.5 Mf 5(7-12 years after PhD)up to €2.75 Mfor 5 yearsfor 5 yearsSynergy Grants2 – 4 Principal Investigatorsup to €15 0 M for 6 yearsProof‐of‐Concept bridging gap between research - earlieststage of marketable innovationup to €150 000 for ERC grant holdersup to €15.0 M for 6 years up to €150,000 for ERC grant holders
  • 4. European Research CouncilERC Grant Schemes who can apply?Established by theEuropean CommissionERC Grant Schemes – who can apply?• Excellent Researchers (PIs)• Any nationality, age or current place of work• In conjunction with a Host InstitutionBased in the EU or an Associated Country• Based in the EU or an Associated Country
  • 5. European Research CouncilStarting and Consolidator Grants:Established by theEuropean CommissiongObjectives• ERC Starting Grants support researchers at the• ERC Starting Grants support researchers at thestage at which they are starting their ownindependent research team or programmeindependent research team or programme.• ERC Consolidator Grants support at the stage atwhich they are consolidating their owny gindependent research team or programme.
  • 6. European Research CouncilStarting and Consolidator Grants:Established by theEuropean CommissiongProfile of an applicant• Potential for (StG) or demonstrated researchindependence (CoG)p ( )• At least one (StG) or several (CoG) importantpublications without the participation of your PhDpublications without the participation of your PhDsupervisorP i i t k d f l hi t• Promising track-record of early achievementsSignificant publicationsInvited publicationsFunding, awards, prizesg, , p
  • 7. European Research CouncilEligibilityEstablished by theEuropean CommissionEligibility• At least 2 7 years post PhD (StG)• At least 2 – 7 years post PhD (StG)• At least 7 – 12 years post PhD (CoG)• Extensions to this period are possible
  • 8. European Research CouncilGrant SizeEstablished by theEuropean CommissionGrant Size• € 2 M (StG)• € 2 M (StG)• € 2.75 M (CoG)• 100% total eligible direct costs (salaries,i t t )equipment, etc.)
  • 9. European Research CouncilOutlineEstablished by theEuropean CommissionOutlineStarting & Consolidator GrantsAdvanced GrantEvaluation ProcessPreparing an Application│ 9
  • 10. European Research CouncilAdvanced Grants:Established by theEuropean CommissionObjectives and Grant Size• ERC Advanced Grants allow exceptionalestablished research leaders of any nationality andy yany age to pursue ground-breaking, high-riskprojects that open new directions in any field.p j p y• ERC Advanced Grant funding targets researchers• ERC Advanced Grant funding targets researcherswho have already established themselves asindependent research leaders in their own rightindependent research leaders in their own right.• € 3.5 M Euro
  • 11. European Research CouncilAdvanced Grants:Established by theEuropean CommissionProfile of an applicant• Active researchers with a track-record ofsignificant achievements in the last 10 years.g y10 bli ti i th ( 3 h10 publications as senior author (or 3 researchmonographs)I it d t ti t i t ti l fInvited presentations at international conferencesPatentsInternational prizes/awardsMentoring
  • 12. European Research CouncilOutlineEstablished by theEuropean CommissionOutlineStarting & Consolidator GrantsAdvanced GrantEvaluation ProcessPreparing an Application│ 12
  • 13. European Research CouncilSelection of proposals:Established by theEuropean Commissionp pSubmission, evaluation and selectionIndividual assessment of fullproposal by Panel Members &Submission offull proposalsEligibility checkp p yRemote RefereesStep 1 (remote) evaluation onthe basis of section 1 of StG/CoG:AdG:proposal* by Panel Members1st Panel MeetingStG/CoG:2nd Panel MeetingAdG:2nd Panel MeetingProposalsi t St 2Proposalsl t d f f di1st Panel Meeting│ 13passing to Step 2 selected for funding
  • 14. European Research CouncilProposal SubmissionEstablished by theEuropean CommissionProposal Submission• Electronic – via PPSS (replacing EPSS)http://ec europa eu/research/participants/portal/page/http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/homeO d dli ll• One deadline per call• Submit to a specific panel• Electronic forms (Part A) and the proposal (Part B)
  • 15. European Research CouncilProposal Structure Part BEstablished by theEuropean CommissionProposal Structure – Part B• Part B1 = The PI• Extended synopsis (5 pgs.)• CV (2 pgs.)• Track-record (2 pgs.)• Part B2 = Full Scientific Proposal (15 pgs.)• Ethical Review information (where appropriate)Ethical Review information (where appropriate)• Separate additional documents:Host Institution Support LetterCopy of PhD document (StG and CoG only)Documents to prove extension to the eligibility window
  • 16. European Research CouncilEligibility and Re submissionsEstablished by theEuropean CommissionEligibility and Re-submissions• IneligibilitySubmission after the deadline.Incomplete proposals.No commitment letter from the HINo commitment letter from the HI.PhD award date outside the window.• Re-submissionsIf applied in 2012 only apply to 2013 if awarded atIf applied in 2012 – only apply to 2013 if awarded atleast an A or a B in Step 1.Only one application per PI under the same WPOnly one application per PI under the same WP.
  • 17. European Research CouncilWho evaluates the proposals?Established by theEuropean CommissionWho evaluates the proposals?• Panel Members: typically 600 / callHi h l l i ti tUS(7%)Other(7%)High-level scientistsRecruited by ScC from all over the world:~14% from outside Europe(7%)14% from outside EuropeAbout 12 members plus a chair personEurope and• Referees: typically 2000 / callEvaluate only a small number of proposalsEurope andAssociatedCountries(86%)y p pSimilar to normal practise in peer-reviewedjournals( )
  • 18. European Research CouncilReviewer ExclusionEstablished by theEuropean CommissionReviewer Exclusion• Applicants can nominate up to three persons to beexcluded from the evaluation of their proposal, specifyingfthe reason for exclusion:• Direct scientific rivalry• Professional hostility• Similar situation which would impair or put in doubtth bj ti it f th t ti l l tthe objectivity of the potential evaluator• The concerned persons will be excluded from theevaluation of the proposal assuming that the ERCEA is stillin a position to evaluate the proposal properlyin a position to evaluate the proposal properly.
  • 19. European Research CouncilFeedback to ApplicantsEstablished by theEuropean CommissionFeedback to ApplicantsEnd of Step 1:A Proposal is of sufficient quality to pass to Step 2 of theevaluation.B Proposal is of high quality but not sufficient to pass to Step 2 ofthe evaluation.C Proposal is not of sufficient quality to pass to Step 2 of theevaluation. The applicant may also be subject to resubmissionli it ti i th t lllimitations in the next call.
  • 20. European Research CouncilFeedback to ApplicantsEstablished by theEuropean CommissionFeedback to ApplicantsEnd of Step 2:A Proposal fully meets the ERCs excellence criterion and isrecommended for funding if sufficient funds are available.B Proposal meets some but not all elements of the ERCsexcellence criterion and will not be funded.
  • 21. European Research CouncilOutlineEstablished by theEuropean CommissionOutlineStarting & Consolidator GrantsAdvanced GrantEvaluation ProcessPreparing an Application│ 21
  • 22. European Research CouncilPreparing an application (1)Established by theEuropean CommissionPreparing an application (1)• Allow sufficient time to prepare your application• Talk to the Grants Office• Your ProfileYour ProfileCV: standard academic & research record; clearlyexplain any research career gaps and/orexplain any research career gaps and/orunconventional pathsTrack-record: Major achievements evidence ofTrack record: Major achievements, evidence ofcreative independent thinking
  • 23. European Research CouncilPreparing an application (2)Established by theEuropean CommissionPreparing an application (2)• Scientific proposal (15 pgs.) with an extendedsynopsis (5 pgs) and an abstract.y p ( pg )• Remember that the extended synopsis is only read atStep 1 – concise presentation.p p• Pay particular attention to the ground-breaking natureof the research project.p j• State-of-art and objectives.• MethodologyMethodology.• Carefully justify the use of your resources.
  • 24. European Research CouncilPreparing an application (3)Established by theEuropean CommissionPreparing an application (3)• Follow the formatting rules and page limits.• Proof-read the proposal well.• Have all your documentation ready in time• Have all your documentation ready in time.• Submit in advance of the deadline.
  • 25. European Research CouncilGuidelines and Other ResourcesEstablished by theEuropean CommissionGuidelines and Other Resources• Read the Guide for Applicants andthe Ideas Work Programmethe Ideas Work Programme.• Any doubts about your eligibility orany other questions, contact one ofthe three Irish NCPs or the ERCEA.• Have a look at what is already fundedand the profile of the granteesand the profile of the grantees.│ 25
  • 26. European Research CouncilERC Funded ProjectsEstablished by theEuropean Commissionjhttp://erc.europa.eu/erc-funded-projects│ 26
  • 27. European Research CouncilTimetable of 2013 ERC callsEstablished by theEuropean CommissionSingle deadlines for all CallsERC calls Call Publication SubmissionDeadlineStarting GrantERC-2013-StG10 July 2012 17 October 2012Advanced GrantERC-2013-AdG10 July 2012 22 November 2012Synergy GrantERC-2013-SyG 10 October 2012 10 January 2013ERC 2013 SyGConsolidatorGrant 7 November 2012 21 February 2013ERC-2013-CoG
  • 28. European Research CouncilCalls in 2014 indicative onlyEstablished by theEuropean CommissionCalls in 2014 – indicative only• Opening and Submission Deadlines of ERC Calls(under H2020) throughout 2014:(under H2020) throughout 2014:Starting Grant 2014 – first and second quarterof 2014;of 2014;Consolidator Grant 2014 – second quarter of2014;Advanced Grant 2014 – fourth quarter of 2014;Advanced Grant 2014 fourth quarter of 2014;No Synergy Grant foreseen in 2014.
  • 29. European Research CouncilThank you for your attention!Established by theEuropean CommissionThank you for your attention!More information onhtt //http://erc.europa.euTo subscribe to the ERC newsletterTo subscribe to the ERC newsletterhttp://erc.europa.eu/keep-updated-ercNational Contact Pointshttp://cordis.europa.eu/national_service/home_en.html
  • 30. European Research CouncilPanel Structure 3 domains 25 panelsEstablished by theEuropean CommissionPanel Structure – 3 domains – 25 panelsSocial Sciences and HumanitiesSH1 Individuals, institutions & marketsSH2 Institutions, values, beliefs and behaviourEach panel:Panel Chair and10-15 Panel Members , ,SH3 Environment, space and populationSH4 The human mind and its complexitySH5 Cultures and cultural productionLife SciencesLS1 Molecular & structural biology &LS1 Molecular & structural biology &biochemistrybiochemistrySH6 The study of the human pastPhysical Sciences & EngineeringPE1 M th ti l f d tibiochemistrybiochemistryLS2 Genetics, genomics, bioinformatics &LS2 Genetics, genomics, bioinformatics &systems biologysystems biologyLS3 Cellular and developmental biologyLS3 Cellular and developmental biologyPE1 Mathematical foundationsPE2 Fundamental constituents of matterPE3 Condensed matter physicsPE4 Physical & analytical chemical sciencesLS4 Physiology, pathophysiology &LS4 Physiology, pathophysiology &endocrinologyendocrinologyLS5 Neurosciences & neural disordersLS5 Neurosciences & neural disordersLS6 Immunity & infectionLS6 Immunity & infection PE4 Physical & analytical chemical sciencesPE5 Materials & synthesisPE6 Computer science & informaticsPE7 Systems & communication engineeringLS6 Immunity & infectionLS6 Immunity & infectionLS7 Diagnostic tools, therapies & public healthLS7 Diagnostic tools, therapies & public healthLS8 Evolutionary, population & environmentalLS8 Evolutionary, population & environmentalbiologybiology y g gPE8 Products & process engineeringPE9 Universe sciencesPE10 Earth system sciencegygyLS9 Applied life sciences & biotechnologyLS9 Applied life sciences & biotechnology
  • 31. European Research CouncilCall budget distribution (by domain)Established by theEuropean Commissiong ( y )for 2013 callsBreakdown per domain• Life Sciences – LS• Physical Sciences &E i i PEEngineering – PE• Social Sciences &Humanities – SHHumanities SHWithin each domain, budget is broken down according to totalfunding requested per panel (equal chance in each panel)
  • 32. European Research CouncilCall budget distribution for 2013 callsEstablished by theEuropean CommissionCall budget distribution for 2013 calls2012 total budget: € 1,578.1 M2013 total budget: € 1 754 9 MAdG Ad d G t2013 total budget: € 1,754.9 MAdG: Advanced GrantsCoG: Consolidator GrantsStG: Starting GrantsAdG, 662, 38%SyG, 150, 8%10; 0.6%Other,21.96,StGCoGStG: Starting GrantsSyG: ERC SynergyPoC: Proof of ConceptStG, 398, 23%CoG, 523, 30%11,96; 0.7%,1% AdGSyGPoCAdminPoC: Proof of Concept