Towards Enhanced Transatlantic               European Research CouncilCollaboration in Research and Innovation –the role o...
What is the ERC?                                                  European Research Council   ERC is a new type of funding...
European Research Council   Budget and how it is being spent   FP7 budget € 50.5 billion; ERC budget € 7.5 billion        ...
European Research Council ERC Granting schemes                                   Starting Grants                          ...
European Research CouncilSpeeding up the discovery process:Synergy Grant 2–4 researchers; complementary skills, knowledge...
European Research CouncilAchievements of the ERC- so far more than 2.500 funded proposals, 58% of them StG in more than ...
European Research Council ERC Competitions 2007-2011                                              Total number of         ...
Higher Education Institutions                                                              Total number             By dom...
Increasing number                                                                     European Research Councilof Starting...
Slightly increasing number                                                                                European Researc...
European Research Council ERC grantees with non-ERA nationality                     40                                    ...
European Research CouncilStill limited numberof applicants from outside ERANon-ERAresidencecountry     2007-StG 2009-StG 2...
European Research CouncilFew grantees from outside ERA:Mainly researchers moving/returning from the US     Country of resi...
ERC Internationalisation Strategy                      European Research CouncilERC calls are open for researcher of any n...
Simple and flexible:                                 European Research CouncilOpportunitiesfor researchers from outside Eu...
Inform and attract:                             European Research CouncilOpportunitiesfor researchers from outside Europe ...
European Research CouncilFurther increase ofinternationals panel members                           250                    ...
European Research CouncilProspects for the futureRising applications                                   5000               ...
European Research CouncilUnfinished success story enormous talent throughout Europe: demand of undiminished quality  cont...
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  1. 1. Towards Enhanced Transatlantic European Research CouncilCollaboration in Research and Innovation –the role of the ERC Don Dingwell ERC Secretary General Science and Technology Landscape in a Changing World Washington, 12 December 2011 December 2011 Don Dingwell, Jens Hemmelskamp, Theo Papazoglou
  2. 2. What is the ERC? European Research Council ERC is a new type of funding body in Europe to support excellence in frontier research, a bottom-up, individual-team, pan-European competition Legislation • Scientific Council with 22 Members • Support by the ERC Executive Agency • Significant budget (1.2 billion €/year) • Excellence as the only valid criterion • Support for the individual scientist and their teams • Open to researchers from anywhere in the world who Strategy wants to do a research project in Europe • International peer-review • No predetermined subjects (bottom-up) • Research in all fields of science and humanities │2
  3. 3. European Research Council Budget and how it is being spent FP7 budget € 50.5 billion; ERC budget € 7.5 billion Capacities (8 %) People JRC non- (9 %) nuclear (3 %)Co-operation Ideas (65 %) (15 %)
  4. 4. European Research Council ERC Granting schemes Starting Grants Advanced Grants• Attract/retain next-generation leaders • Attract/retain current world-leaders• Address funding gap early in independent • Stimulate investigator-driven, breakthrough career research• Establish independent research • up to € 3.5 Mio for 5 years team & program• up to € 2.0 Mio for 5 years 60 StG 2010 AdG 2010Number of grantees 50 40 Number of grantees 30 20 10 0 27 29 31 33 35 37 39 41 43 45 47 49 51 53 55 57 59 61 63 65 67 69 71 73 Age of the grantees Age of grantees
  5. 5. European Research CouncilSpeeding up the discovery process:Synergy Grant 2–4 researchers; complementary skills, knowledge & resources; to jointly address frontier research problems; beyond what the individual researcher could achieve alone Up to €15m for up to six years - €150m total budget 2012 Based on ERC principles (no consortia, no networks): • bottom-up and risk-taking • driven by scientific demand • includes novel ways of working together “core time” • only one Host Institution
  6. 6. European Research CouncilAchievements of the ERC- so far more than 2.500 funded proposals, 58% of them StG in more than 480 different host institutions in 27 countries, total 4 billion but “excellence attracts excellence”: 50% of PIs in 50 institutions highly competitive: average success rate 12 % strong structuring effects: competition between European universities for first time ever, EU value added strengthening merit-based evaluation systems in Europe │6
  7. 7. European Research Council ERC Competitions 2007-2011 Total number of of which applications received Evaluated* Funded success rates**Starting Grant 2007 9.167 8.794 299 3,4Starting Grant 2009 2.503 2.392 245 10,2Starting Grant 2010 2.873 2.767 436 15,8Starting Grant 2011 4.080 4.005 478 11,9 Starting Grant 18.623 17.958 1.458 10,3Advanced Grant 2008 2.167 2.034 282 13,9Advanced Grant 2009 1.583 1.526 245 16,1Advanced Grant 2010 2.009 1.967 271 13,8Advanced Grant 2011*** 2.284 2.245 293 13,1 Advanced Grant 8.043 7.772 1.091 14,6 * withdrawn and ineligible proposals not taken into account; ** percentage of funded proposals in relation to evaluated proposals *** main-list proposals in column "funded" │7
  8. 8. Higher Education Institutions Total number By domain Top European Research Council Institution No. Grants SH PE LS 15 EuropeanUniversity of Cambridge 1 67 8 36 23University of Oxford 2 60 14 27 19 UniversitiesSwiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) 3 48 1 35 12 hostingHebrew University of Jerusalem 4 41 8 17 16 at least 14Weizmann Institute 5 38 1 17 20University College London 6 37 14 7 16 ERC GranteesSwiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH) 7 36 0 20 16 by fundingImperial College 7 36 0 23 13University of Helsinki 8 21 1 6 14 SchemesCatholic University of Leuven 9 20 4 9 7 StG 2007-2011University of Zurich 9 20 4 3 13 AdG 2008-2010University of Amsterdam 9 20 13 7 0Technion - Israel Institute of Technology 9 20 0 13 7Karolinska institute 10 19 1 0 18University of Munich (LMU) 10 19 4 8 7University of Edinburgh 10 19 7 7 5University of Leiden 10 19 8 10 1University of Bristol 10 19 1 13 5Free University Amsterdam 10 19 10 6 3Radboud University Nijmegen 11 18 7 5 6Rijksuniversiteit Groningen 12 17 5 8 4University of Vienna 12 16 4 8 4University of Utrecht 13 16 4 7 5University of Heidelberg 14 15 2 7 6TU Munich 14 15 0 10 5University of Geneva 14 14 1 4 9University of Aarhus 14 14 1 8 5University of Manchester 14 14 2 7 5University of Lund 14 14 2 7 5 Other selected institutions -examples * Basis: First seven ERC calls (StGRoyal Institute of Technology Stockholm 15 13 0 13 0 07,09,10,11;AdG 08,09,10),London School of Economics 17 11 11 0 0 Institution with more than 13University Pompeu Fabra 19 9 6 2 1 ERC grantees
  9. 9. Increasing number European Research Councilof Starting grant applications fromresearchers with non-ERA nationalityStG: 1330 applications (180 with residence outside ERA, 16%) 80 70 60Number of applications 50 40 30 20 10 0 US RU CN CA AU UA JP AR MX KR IN Others Nationality Starting 2009 Starting 2010 Starting 2011 ER C 2 0 11
  10. 10. Slightly increasing number European Research Councilof Advanced grant applications fromresearchers with non-ERA nationalityAdG: 466 applications (121 with residence outside ERA, 25%) 80 70 60 Number of applications 50 40 30 20 10 0 US RU CN CA AU UA JP AR MX KR IN Others Nationality ER C 2 0 11 Advanced 2008 Advanced 2009 Advanced 2010 Advanced 2011
  11. 11. European Research Council ERC grantees with non-ERA nationality 40 Starting Advanced 35 grants grants StG: 107 grantees 30 AdG: 54 granteesNumber of Grantees 25 20 15 10 5 0 USA A ustralia Russia Canada Japan India A rgentina China Ukraine So uth A frica Others Starting 35 14 10 8 8 7 5 4 4 0 12 grants A dvanced 38 3 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 grants Nationality
  12. 12. European Research CouncilStill limited numberof applicants from outside ERANon-ERAresidencecountry 2007-StG 2009-StG 2010-StG 2011-StG 2008-AdG 2009-AdG 2010-AdG 2011-AdG TotalUS 139 51 47 72 30 25 39 39 442CA 20 3 3 8 7 3 6 2 52AU 15 3 5 5 2 1 2 2 35RU 11 0 2 6 2 1 1 4 27JP 7 4 0 2 0 1 0 2 16CN 5 1 0 7 0 0 0 1 14IN 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 6ZA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5BR 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 5UA 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 2 5KR 0 0 1 3 0 0 1 5Others 29 4 9 18 2 1 6 4 73Total 236 66 70 123 43 33 56 58 685 Note: Researchers residing outside ERA at the time of submission
  13. 13. European Research CouncilFew grantees from outside ERA:Mainly researchers moving/returning from the US Country of residence International grantees ERA nationals Total Argentinia 1 0 1 Australia 1 2 3 Brazil 1 0 1 Canada 1 1 2 Japan 1 1 2 Korea 0 1 1 USA 13 51 64 Total 18 56 74 Note: Researchers residing outside ERA at the time of submission Incl. Main-list proposals for AdG 2011
  14. 14. ERC Internationalisation Strategy European Research CouncilERC calls are open for researcher of any nationalityfrom anywhere in the world International presence: • Secretary General as ambassador; • Strategy workshops with local representatives of funding institutions, research institutions and EU research institution (Humboldt, CNRS) etc.; Simple and flexible: • Simplification of rules of submission, specific chapter in ERC Work Programme; • Pronouncing funding of start-up costs and viability of time requirements; Inform and attract: • Organisation of scientific workshops; • Encouraging European top-researchers to invite their international partners to apply for ERC grants;
  15. 15. Simple and flexible: European Research CouncilOpportunitiesfor researchers from outside Europe I Examples for the use of the flexibility of the ERC rules by Advanced grant applicants ERC rules provide some flexibility: e.g. grantees can retain affiliation with home university outside ERA. Grantee must spend a “significant part” of the work time at the host institution in ERA (min. time requirements!).
  16. 16. Inform and attract: European Research CouncilOpportunitiesfor researchers from outside Europe II • Additional EUR 500 000 for Starting grantees and EUR 1 Mio for Advanced grantees available to cover eligible “start-up” costs for PI´s moving to EU. • Non-ERA team members can take part in ERC projects. • ERC teams offer research vacancies ("Euraxess" web-page).
  17. 17. European Research CouncilFurther increase ofinternationals panel members 250 226 Averaged over the first 6 completed calls 220 25% of the ERC panel members were women. 197 200Number of Panel Memebers Men Women 149 150 142 100 87 81 69 68 64 62 58 48 46 45 50 32 32 28 27 18 18 15 14 6 6 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 UK DE FR US IT CH ES SE NL AT BE DK PL FI HU CZ IL NO PT EL IE JP TR CA RO AU LT SK TW BG CY EE HR RS RU SI CL HK IS Country of Panel Members Host Institution Based on six completed calls 2007 - 2010 │ 17
  18. 18. European Research CouncilProspects for the futureRising applications 5000 +16% 4500 +42% 4000 number of applications 3500 +15% 3000 +14% 2500 +27% 2000 -27% 1500 1000 +25% +10% +12% +79% -5% +21% 500 0 StG- StG- StG- StG- AdG- AdG- AdG- AdG- 2009 2010 2011 2012 2008 2009 2010 2011 StG AdG call budget (mil eur) │ 18
  19. 19. European Research CouncilUnfinished success story enormous talent throughout Europe: demand of undiminished quality continues to rise, especially for Starting Grants implement internationalisation strategy in order to attract more excellent researcher from outside Europe fund more excellent women scientists build on past achievements, expand by experimenting with the new Synergy scheme budget proposal by EC for ERC under H2020: 15 billion │ 19

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