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FP7 Specific Programme Ideas (March 2007)


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FP7 Specific Programme Ideas (March 2007)

  1. 1. Bringing Great Ideas to Life FP7 Ideas programme Meelis Kadaja Archimedes Foundation
  2. 2. First Specific Programmes FP1 FP 6 FP 5 FP 4 European Research Area (ERA) FP 2 FP 3 FP7 Ideas Research in European Union 1984 2000 2006 2013
  3. 3. Solution: The FP7 Ideas Specific Programme to support the truly creative scientists to make the unpredictable and spectacular discoveries that can change the course of human understandings. A problem: Europe does not perform well in terms of truly outstanding research
  4. 4. <ul><ul><li>Boost European excellence in frontier research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>basic research in science and technology is important to economic and social welfare; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>research at and beyond the frontiers of current understanding is the most challenging research area; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>research at frontiers of current understanding is characterized by an absence of disciplinary boundaries. </li></ul></ul>Strategic Aim
  5. 5. The European Union Implementation of t he FP7 Ideas Specific Programme Ideas The Scientific Council The Agency ERC
  6. 6. 22 Europe’s most respected researchers appointed by the Commission The Scientific Council <ul><ul><li>Ensures communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>with the scientific community </li></ul></ul>Establishes overall strategy Establishes work programme (incl. calls for proposals, evaluation criteria) Defines peer review methodology, control quality of scientific operations
  7. 7. The ERC Board Prof. Fotis Kafatos ERC President and Chair of the ScC Prof. Helga Nowotny and Dr Daniel Esteve ERC Vice-Presidents and Vice-Chairs of ERC ScC Prof. Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker ERC Secretary-General Jack Metthey Director of ERC DIS (Directorate S)
  8. 8. The A gency The dedicated implementation structure set up by European Commission <ul><ul><li>Pending the establishment executive agency, its tasks will be executed by European Commission </li></ul></ul>Execute annual work programme <ul><ul><li>Implement calls for proposals and provide support to applicants </li></ul></ul>Organise peer review evaluation <ul><ul><li>Establish and manage grant agreements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administer scientific and financial aspects and follow-up of grant agreements </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. The European Union (represented by the Commission) Provide s financing through the EU framework programmes <ul><ul><ul><li>Guarant or of the autonomy of ERC </li></ul></ul></ul>Assures the integrity and accountability of the ERC <ul><ul><ul><li>Adopts annual work programmes as established by the Scientific Council </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><ul><li>Support for individual teams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All fields of science are eligible investigator-driven, bottom-up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Excellence is the only criterion Principal investigator/team + research project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Investment in research talent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexible grants, under the control of the Principal Investigator </li></ul></ul>Activities and Principles
  11. 11. ERC funding schemes <ul><ul><li>Objectives : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To k eep (young) researchers in Europe </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To f avour “brain gain” and “reverse brain drain” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ERC Starting Grant 1 st ERC call: 22 nd Dec 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ERC Advanced Grant 2 nd ERC call: Autumn 2007 </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Support researchers at the start of their independent research career and establishment of their first research team </li></ul><ul><li>Provide a support for transition from working under a supervisor to independent research </li></ul><ul><li>Supply grants to support the creation of excellent new teams which bring energy and new ideas to their disciplines </li></ul>ERC Starting Grant (ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant)
  13. 13. <ul><li>~ € 300M per year (approximately ⅓ of ERC annual budget ) </li></ul><ul><li>€ 100k – 400k per grant per year </li></ul><ul><li>€ 0.5-2.0M per grant </li></ul><ul><li>~ 250 Starting Grants per year, each for up to 5 years </li></ul><ul><li>1400+ Starting Grants over 7 years of FP7 </li></ul>ERC Starting Grant (ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant)
  14. 14. <ul><ul><li>Designed to support excellent investigator-initiated research projects by established investigators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should complement the ERC Starting Grant scheme by targeting researchers who have already established their independence as team leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>€ 100k-500k per grant per year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>max € 2 ,5 million per grant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ca. 200 grants per year </li></ul></ul>ERC Advanced Grant (ERC Advanced Investigator Researcher Grant)
  15. 15. ERC Budget <ul><ul><li>Total: € ≈7.5 bn : ≈1/3 Starting Grants, ≈ 2/3 Advanced Grants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less than 5% for operational ERC management </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><ul><li>ERC covers all fields of science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For operational reasons the ScC agreed on 3 main scientific domains: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Physical Sciences & Engineering </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Biological & Life Sciences </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Panel LS3 - …infection and immunity, microbiology, virology, parasitology…. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Social Sciences and Humanities </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The first Call budget for ERC Starting Grants has been pre-allocated to these areas as follows: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>45% - 40% - 15% </li></ul></ul>Budget Allocation ERC Starting Grant
  17. 17. <ul><ul><li>Team leader + team members (if needed) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Team Leader (“Principal Investigator”) has the </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- power to assemble his/her research group (team); </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- freedom to choose the research topic. </li></ul></ul></ul>Who can apply ? Individual Teams
  18. 18. <ul><li>Ideas (ERC specific programme) encourages participation of researchers </li></ul><ul><li>from European and non-European countries </li></ul><ul><li>Level of participation varies with regard to roles and funding </li></ul><ul><li>Roles: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Principal Investigator </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can be of any nationality </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>But: PI’s host organisation needs to be established in EU Member States or Associated Countries, or be a international European Interest Organisations (such as CERN, EMBL, etc.) or the JRC </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Team Members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Can be of any age, nationality in almost any country . </li></ul></ul></ul>Who can apply? European and International Teams
  19. 19. <ul><ul><li>PI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>young researcher is the applicant between 2-9 from the first PhD degree. However up to 12 years extensions of this period may be allowed in case of eligible career breaks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PI and contributing investigators (team members) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Any nationality </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>One ERC Grant per investigator only may be active at any t ime </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hosting institution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Located in a European Union or associated country </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intra-European grant portability allowed </li></ul></ul></ul>Eligibility ERC Starting Grant
  20. 20. <ul><ul><li>ERC StG grant applications can be submitted only in response to an open “call for proposals”. Calls are published on : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the ERC website ( ), </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the CORDIS website ( ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the Official Journal of the EU ( ) </li></ul></ul>When can I apply? <ul><ul><li>Call for proposals for </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>P roposals are receivable from 1 April 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Call deadline: 25 April 2007 at 17.00 (Brussels local time) </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><ul><li>Two-step application procedure (risk of oversubscription) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1 st stage - Outline Proposal: max 8 Pages (3+4+1) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2 nd stage – Full Proposal: max 16 Pages (4+10+2) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Proposal Components </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CV + self-evaluation of the PI’s research achievements + funding ID </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Brief Description of scientific and technical aspects of the project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Description of the scientific environment and resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Pre-registration – indication of number /area of proposals </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Submission only (via EPSS) </li></ul>How do submit an ERC StG application? At least 2.0 cm 1.0 12 Times Roman A4 Margins Line Spacing Font Size Font Type Page Format
  22. 22. Reception of proposals 1 Allocation of proposals to panels Panel meetings Evaluation Reports Not recommended Recommended Eligibility check 1 Invitation for Stage 2 ScC Coherency Due process Evaluation Stage 1 Assessment by panel members assigned Reading by all panel members
  23. 23. Reception of proposals 2 Eligibility check 2 Remote review by referees Interviews of applicants Panel meetings preparation Panel meetings Assignment of referees to proposals Evaluation Reports Reserve Not recommended Recommended ScC Coherency Due process Evaluation Stage 2
  24. 24. Evaluation criteria (I) Scientific Excellence is the sole Criterion <ul><li>Potential of applicant </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of project </li></ul><ul><li>Research Environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Referees and panels evaluate and score criteria under Heading 1 and Heading 2 numerically which will result in the ranking of the projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Criteria under Heading 3 will be considered as &quot;pass/fail&quot; and commented but not scored </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Principal Investigator: Potential to become a world class research leader </li></ul><ul><li>a. Quality of research output </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Has the Principal Investigator published in high quality peer reviewed journals or the equivalent? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To what extent are these publications ground-breaking and demonstrative of independent creative thinking and capacity to go significantly beyond the state of the art? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>b. Intellectual capacity and creativity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To what extent does the Principal Investigator's record of research, collaborations, project conception, supervision of students and publications demonstrate that he/she is able to confront major research challenges in the field, and to initiate new productive lines of thinking? </li></ul></ul>Evaluation criteria (I I ) ERC Starting Grant
  26. 26. <ul><li>Quality of the research proposal </li></ul><ul><li>a. Ground-breaking nature of the research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does the proposed research address important challenges in the field(s) addressed? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does it have suitably ambitious objectives, which go substantially beyond the current state of the art (e.g. including trans-disciplinary developments and novel or unconventional approaches)? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>b. Potential impact </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does the research open new and important, scientific, technological or scholarly horizons? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>c. Methodology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stage 1: Is the outlined scientific approach (including the activities to be undertaken by the individual team members) feasible? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stage 2: Is the proposed research methodology (including when pertinent the use of instrumentation, other type of infrastructures etc.) comprehensive and appropriate for to the project? Will it enable the goals of the project convincingly to be achieved within the timescales and resources proposed and the level of risk associated with a challenging research project? </li></ul></ul>Evaluation criteria ( I I I ) ERC Starting Grant
  27. 27. <ul><li>Research Environment </li></ul><ul><li>a. Transition to independence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Will the proposed project enable the Principal Investigator to make or consolidate the transition to independence? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>b. Host institution [normally applicant legal entity] </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does the institution hosting the project have most of the infrastructure necessary for the research to be carried out? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it in a position to provide an appropriate intellectual environment and infrastructural support and to assist in achieving the ambitions for the project and the Principal Investigator? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>c. Participation of other legal entities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If it is proposed that other legal entities participate in the project, in addition to the applicant legal entity, is their participation fully justified by the scientific added value they bring to the project? </li></ul></ul>Evaluation criteria ( IV ) ERC Starting Grant
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