European Research Council (ERC) Jornada informativa sobre los proyectos financiados por el ERC dentro del programa Horizonte 2020 Veronica Beneitez Pinero. European Research Council Octubre 2014 Contents Established by the European Commission • 1. H2020 and ERC • 2. ERC basics • 3. ERC submission of proposals • 4. ERC achievements • 5. Spain at ERC │2 Established by the European Commission 1. H2020 and ERC │3 H2020 and the ERC Main Characteristics Established by the European Commission HORIZON 2020: Current EU Research and Innovation programme, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). The HORIZON 2020 main components (3 pillars): A. Excellent Science World class science is foundation of technologies, jobs, well-being Europe needs to develop, attract, retain research talent Researchers need access to the best infrastructures B. Industrial leadership C. Societal challenges │4 H2020 and the ERC Funding opportunities in Horizon 2020 A. Excellent Science •European Research Council - Support of the most talented and creative individual researchers (ERC budget proposal : € 13 billion*) Established by the European Commission C. Tackling Societal Challenges • Health, demographic change and wellbeing; • •Training and career development through Marie Curie Actions Food security, sustainable agriculture, marine and maritime research, and the bio-economy; • Secure, clean and efficient energy; •Research Infrastructures • Smart, green and integrated transport; • Inclusive, innovative and secure societies; • Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials. •Collaborative research for Future and Emerging Technologies •B. Industrial leadership • • • Key Enable Technologies (Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Biotechnology, etc) Access to risk finance Innovation in SMEs │5 H2020 and the ERC Established by the European Commission REMINDER: A. Excellent Science: European Research Council (budget under H2020: € 13.1 billion) Future and Emerging Technologies Marie Sklodoswka Curie Actions Research Infrastructures │6 H2020 and the ERC Researchers career development and complementary EU funding schemes- Possible path for individuals Established by the European Commission ERC Advanced ERC Consolidators Senior Professor ERC Starters Full Professor Marie Curie Erasmus Junior Professor/ Junior Researcher Associated Professor Post-docs Post Graduates Students │7 H2020 and the ERC Budget Horizon 2020 Established by the European Commission H2020 budget € 77 billion ERC budget € 13.1 billion FP7 budget € 50.5 billion ERC budget € 7.5 billion JRC nonnuclear (3 %) Co-operation (65 %) Capacities (8 %) People (9 %) Ideas (15 %) │8 H2020 and the ERC 2014 – 2020 budget Established by the European Commission │9 H2020 and the ERC Changes and continuity in ERC Established by the European Commission Essential features maintained: Same schemes, same principles, same selection procedures/criteria Independent Scientific Council with full authority over funding strategy Executive Agency with autonomous operation Increased budget (13.1 Bio € in current prices for 2014-2020): More opportunities than ever for top research talents Strengthening the Scientific Governance of the European Research Council: Strengthening the links between the Scientific Council and ERC exec. agency Merging positions of President of ERC and Secretary General Full-time President based in Brussels 3 Vice-Chairs elected from amongst the Scientific Council members Established by the European Commission 2. ERC basics │ 11 ERC basics What is ERC? Established by the European Commission An autonomous funding body set up by the EU in 2007 and led by scientists. Funding excellent researchers of any nationality, to carry out frontier research in EU countries or Associated Countries, via annual competitions. In all fields of science and humanities, without thematic priorities. Bottom-up approach. 1 researcher (no pre-established networks), 1 Host Institution, 1 project, 1 selection criterion (EXCELENCE). Substantial grants (2.0 Mio Euro-3.5 Mio E) and a recognised label of excellence. International, top level peer-review process. │ 12 ERC basics ERC structure Established by the European Commission The European Commission • • • • Provides financing through the EU framework programmes Guarantees autonomy of the ERC Assures the integrity and accountability of the ERC Adopts annual work programmes as established by the Scientific Council The ERC Scientific Council • 22 prominent researchers proposed by an independent identification 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; selection and accreditation of experts • • Controls quality of operations and management Ensures communication with the scientific community The 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 agreements Administers scientific and financial aspects and follow-up of grant agreements Carries out communications activities and ensures information dissemination to ERC stakeholders ERC basics ERC Scientific Council Members (22) Established by the European Commission • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Prof. Klaus BOCK (Chemistry) Prof. Jean-Pierre BOURGUIGNON (Mathematics), ERC President 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) Dr. Barbara ENSOLI (Medicine) Prof. Pavel EXNER (Applied Mathematics & Mathematical Physics), ERC Vice-President Prof. Reinhard GENZEL(Astrophysics) Prof. Carl-Henrik HELDIN (Molecular Cell Biology), ERC Vice-President Prof. Timothy HUNT (Biology) Prof. Matthias KLEINER (Engineering) Prof. Eva KONDOROSI (Biology) Prof. Mart SAARMA (Biology) Prof. Nuria SEBASTIAN GALLES (Psychology), ERC Vice-President Prof. Nils Christian STENSETH (Ecology & Evolution) Prof. Martin STOKHOF (Philosophy) Prof. Anna TRAMONTANO (Biochemistry) Prof. Isabelle VERNOS (Molecular and Cell Biology) Prof. Reinhilde VEUGELERS (Economics) Prof. Michel WIEVIORKA (Sociology) │ 14 ERCEA Organigramme Established by the European Commission │ 15 ERC basics ERC funding schemes Established by the European Commission Starting Grants Consolidator Grants starters (2-7 years after PhD) up to € 2.0 Mio for 5 years consolidators (7-12 years after PhD) up to € 2.75 Mio for 5 years Synergy Grants (!!) 2 – 4 Principal Investigators up to € 15.0 Mio for 6 years No Synergy Call is foreseen for 2014. Depending on the analysis of the pilot phase of the ERC Synergy Grant, there may be a Synergy Grant call for 2015. Advanced Grants track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years up to € 3.5 Mio for 5 years Proof of Concept bridging gap between research - earliest stage of marketable innovation up to €150,000 for ERC grant holders │ 16 ERC basics Substantial grants to the very best Established by the European Commission The Researcher (PI : Principal Investigator) ERC funds individual scientists Any nationality, age or current place of work in the world Make Europe more attractive for global scientific talent- Favor "brain gain" and reverse "brain drain" Starting, consolidator or advanced grant (depending on work experience and scientific achievements) Exceptional profile Research team (to be created) The PI can choose national or trans-national team members if scientific added value proven The grant covers the salary of team members │ 17 ERC basics Substantial grants to fund frontier research Established by the European Commission Frontier research project All fields of fundamental research: Physical Sciences & Engineering, Life Sciences, Social Sciences & Humanities Bottom-up: no predetermined subjects, no priorities High risk/high gain. Curiosity-driven research 5 years projects No consortia Host Institution (HI) in EU countries or AC The one where the researcher already works, or any other institution established in the EU or associated countries Grants are portable (= the PI can change Host Institution) Universities, research centres; public or private │ 18 ERC basics Evaluation of proposals: main features Established by the European Commission Goal of the evaluation: select the best frontier research proposals Only evaluation criteria: EXCELLENCE ("Olympic games") Method: peer review Structure: 25 panels distributed in 3 scientific domains (10 Physical Sciences, 9 Life sciences and 6 Social Sciences and Humanities) Each panel consists of 1 panel chair and 12-16 panel members What makes ERC evaluation exceptional? Peers Review procedure │ 19 ERC basics Evaluation of proposals: panel structure Established by the European Commission Social Sciences and Humanities Life Sciences LS1 Molecular & Structural Biology & Biochemistry LS2 Genetics, Genomics, Bioinformatics & Systems Biology LS3 Cellular and Developmental Biology LS4 Physiology, Pathophysiology & Endocrinology LS5 Neurosciences & neural disorders LS6 Immunity & infection LS7 Diagnostic tools, therapies & public health LS8 Evolutionary, population & environmental biology LS9 Applied life sciences & biotechnology SH1 Markets, Individuals and Institutions SH2 The Social World, Diversity, Institutions and Values SH3 Environment ,space and population SH4 The Human Mind and its complexity SH5 Cultures & cultural production SH6 The study of the human past Physical Sciences & Engineering PE1 Mathematics PE2 Fundamental constituents of matter PE3 Condensed matter physics PE4 Physical & Analytical Chemical sciences PE5 Materials & Synthesis PE6 Computer science & informatics PE7 Systems & communication engineering PE8 Products & process engineering PE9 Universe sciences │ 20 ERC basics Evaluation of proposals: peers Established by the European Commission Panel members: typically 375 / call High-level scientists Recruited by ScC from all over the world: ~14% from outside Europe About 12-16 members plus a chair person Referees: typically 2000 / call Evaluate only a small number of proposals Similar to normal practice in peerreviewed journals US (7%) Other (7%) EU and Associated Countries (86%) │ 21 ERC basics Evaluation of proposals: review procedure Established by the European Commission STEP 1 STEP 2 Remote assessment by Panel members of section 1 – PI and synopsis Remote assessment by Panel members and reviewers of full proposals Panel meeting Panel meeting + interview (StG and CoG) Proposals retained for step 2 Ranked list of proposals Feedback to applicants • • Right balance between generalist + specialized review Appropriate treatment of interdisciplinary proposals │ 22 ERC basics Submission of Proposals: Panel meeting – Step 1 Scoring Established by the European Commission End of Step 1: A Proposal is of sufficient quality to pass to Step 2 of the evaluation. B Proposal is of high quality but not sufficient to pass to Step 2 of the evaluation. The applicant may also be subject to resubmission limitations in the next call(s). C Proposal is not of sufficient quality to pass to Step 2 of the evaluation. The applicant may also be subject to resubmission limitations in the next call(s). │ 23 ERC basics Submission of Proposals: Panel meeting - Step 2 scoring Established by the European Commission End of Step 2: A Proposal fully meets the ERC's excellence criterion and is recommended for funding if sufficient funds are available. B Proposal meets some but not all elements of the ERC's excellence criterion and will not be funded. The applicant may also be subject to resubmission limitations in the next call(s). │ 24 ERC basics Resubmission restrictions Established by the European Commission • • • Increasing number applications causes low success rates and high panel workload Currently 2013 applicants who received "C" at step 1 cannot resubmit in 2014. For 2014 applicants tighter resubmission rules have been implemented: • • Those who receive B (Step 1 or Step 2) have to wait out one year (next submission: 2016 call!!) Those who receive a C will have to wait out two years (next submission: 2017 call!!) │ 25 ERC basics Feedback to applicant Established by the European Commission • Evaluation Report includes: Score (A, B or C) "Ranking Range" in percentile for panel Individual Reports of all experts (3-8) Panel Comment • Note: Some countries run complementary funding schemes for A or B proposals…! │ 26 Established by the European Commission 3. Submission of Proposals │ 27 Submission of Proposals Reminder: ERC funding schemes Established by the European Commission Starting Grants Consolidator Grants starters (2-7 years after PhD) up to € 2.0 Mio for 5 years consolidators (7-12 years after PhD) up to € 2.75 Mio for 5 years Advanced Grants track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years up to € 3.5 Mio for 5 years Proof of Concept bridging gap between research - earliest stage of marketable innovation up to €150,000 for ERC grant holders │ 28 Submission of Proposals: Work program 2015, summary of main features Established by the European Commission Publication date of first calls : October, 2014 Three ERC frontier research grants will be available under Work Programme 2014: Starting; Consolidator; and Advanced Grants The Scientific Council will analyse the pilot phase of the ERC Synergy Grant (calls were made under Work Programmes 2012 and 2013) before deciding on the scope and timing of future calls. No SyG call under Work Programme 2015 Extension of restrictions on applications will apply to the 2015 calls based on the outcome of the evaluation of the 2014 calls Overhead: 25% Indicative budget for 2016 to help the research community to plan applications │ 29 Submission of Proposals Work program 2015 calendar Established by the European Commission ERC calls Budget Call Publication Submission Deadline(s) Starting Grants 485 M€ 7 October 2014 3 February 2015 713 M€ 13 November 2014 12 March 2015 450 M€ 10 February 2015 2 June 2015 7 November 2014 5 February 2015 28 May 2015 1 October 2015 ERC-2015-StG Consolidator Grants ERC-2015-CoG Advanced Grants ERC-2015-AdG Proof of Concept ERC-2015-PoC 15 M€ │ 30 Submission of Proposals ERC Starting and Consolidator Grants. The applicant’s profile Established by the European Commission “Am I COMPETITIVE enough?” • Potential for research independence • Evidence of scientific maturity • At least one (StG) /several (CoG) publications without participation of PhD supervisor Promising track-record of early achievements • Significant publications • Invited presentations in conferences • Funding, patents, awards, prizes │ 31 Submission of Proposals ERC Advanced Grants. The applicant’s profile Established by the European Commission Track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years Exceptional leaders and mentors 10 publications as senior author in major scientific journals 5 granted patents 10 invited presentations at international conferences 3 international conferences where Principal Investigator was an organiser International prizes/awards │ 32 Submission of proposals ERC Evaluation process Established by the European Commission Single submission, but a 2-step evaluation ► one deadline per Call ► to a targeted panel (careful selection of keywords) ► electronically only – via Participant Portal ► proposals have two parts: Part A: administrative forms Part B: scientific proposal itself (part B1 and B2) Complete information: Guides for Applicants downloadable form the ERC's website and from the Participant Portal │ 33 Submission of Proposals What is evaluated? Excellence is the sole evaluation criterion Established by the European Commission Evaluation of excellence at two levels: • Excellence of the Research Project Ground breaking nature Important challenge? Substantially beyond the current state of art? High-gain/high-risk balance Potential impact Possibility of a major break-through? Scientific Approach Feasibility, novel concepts/methodology • Excellence of the Principal Investigator Intellectual capacity:Track-record, capacity to go significantly beyond the state of the art, evidence of creative independent thinking Creativity Commitment : Willing to devote a significant part of PI's working time (minimum of 50% for Starting, minimum of 40% for Consolidator Grant, minimum of 30% for Advanced Grant) Referees and panels evaluate and score each criterion, which results in a ranking of the proposals. Submission of Proposals Evaluation Questions - Project Established by the European Commission │ 35 Submission of Proposals Evaluation Questions - PI Established by the European Commission │ 36 Submission of proposals Proposal structure Established by the European Commission Administrative forms (Part A) 1 – General information 2 – Administrative data of participating organisations 3 – Budget 4 – Ethics 5 – Call specific questions Research proposal (Part B1) a – Extended synopsis 5p b – Curriculum vitae (with funding ID) 2p c – Track-record 2p Research proposal (Part B2) not evaluated in Step 1 Annexes Commitment of the host institution for ERC Calls 2014, etc Scientific proposal 15p a – State-of-the-art and objectives b – Methodology c – Resources │ 37 Submission of Proposals Differences in Part B1 and Part B2 Established by the European Commission • Reminder: In Step 1: Panel members (generalists and with multidisciplinary approaches) see only Part B1 of your proposal: Prepare it accordingly! In Step 2: Both Part B1 and B2 are also send to specialists around the world (specialized external referees) │ 38 Reviewer Exclusion Established by the European Commission • Applicants can nominate up to three persons to be excluded from the evaluation of their proposal, specifying : o Name o Institution, City, Country o Webpage • The concerned persons will be excluded from the evaluation of the proposal assuming that the ERCEA is still in a position to evaluate the proposal properly. │ 39 Submission of Proposals: Some interesting aspects: Possibility of eligibility extensions Established by the European Commission Eligibility window can be EXTENDED in StG & CoG for up to 4.5 years for following cases: •Maternity leave: 1.5 years per child before or after deadline •Paternity leave: for whatever documented paternity leave that has been taken before or after deadline •National service, long-term illness, clinical training: whatever documented time after deadline Submission of Proposals Some interesting aspects: Possibility to exclude panelists/ reviewers Established by the European Commission • Up to three persons • No reason has to be given • Any independent expert, including panel chair, panel members • The concerned persons will be excluded from the evaluation of the proposal assuming that the ERCEA is still in a position to evaluate the proposal properly │ 41 Eligibility Established by the European Commission Most common ineligibility reasons • Submission after the deadline. • Incomplete proposals. • No commitment letter from the HI. • PhD award date outside the window. • Multiple-submission (only one application per PI under the same WP). │ 42 Preparing an application Hints and tips ( Generalities) Established by the European Commission • Register early, get familiar with the system and templates and start filling in the forms • A submitted proposal can be revised until the call deadline by submitting a new version and overwriting the previous one • Follow the formatting rules and page limits. • Download and proof-read the proposal before submitting. │ 43 Preparing an application Hints and tips ( Part B 1) Established by the European Commission Pay particular attention to the ground-breaking nature of the research project – no incremental research!. Think big! Stateof-the-art is not enough. Know your competitors – what is the state of play and why is your idea and scientific approach outstanding? Remember that only the extended Synopsis is read at Step 1 that gives first impression – concise and clear presentation is crucial (evaluators are not necessarily all experts in the fields!) Also in Part B1 outline of the methodological approach (feasibility!) Show your scientific independence in you CV Avoid any suspicion of plagiarism! Preparing an application Hints and tips (Part B 2) Established by the European Commission Do not waste the second part (Part B2) – provide sufficient detail on methodology, work plan, selection of case studies etc. (15 pages) Check coherency of figures, justify requested resources Explain involvement of team members. Provide alternative strategies to mitigate risk. Preparing an application Hints and tips (Generalities) Established by the European Commission Register early, get familiar with the system and templates and start filling in the forms Submit often: only the latest version is kept and you can overwrite it any time until the call deadline Make use of the help tools and call documents (FAQ, GfA, WP) to prepare your proposal Talk to the NCPs and OPEs Preparing an application Guidelines and other Resources Established by the European Commission • Read the Guide for Applicants and the Ideas Work Programme. • Any doubts about your eligibility or any other questions, contact one of the NCPs or the ERCEA. http://cordis.europa.eu/national_service/home_en.html • subscribe to the ERC newsletter http://erc.europa.eu/keepupdated-erc │ 47 Preparing an application Check the already Funded Projects Established by the European Commission Menu allows searching by Funding Scheme, Call Year and Country of Host Institution. │ 48 Submission of Proposals Check the statistics Established by the European Commission Menu allows searching by Funding Scheme, Domain/Panel and Grantees by Country of Host Institution. │ 49 Established by the European Commission 4. ERC achievements │ 50 ERC achievements Time line Established by the European Commission Adoption of FP7 and IDEAS Programme Appointment of 22 Scientific Council Members 1st AdG call Launch of ERC & 1st StG call 3rd StG and AdG calls 2nd StG and AdG calls 6th StG, AdG calls 3nd PoC call th 5 StG, AdG calls 2st SyG call & 2nd PoC call & 1st CoG call st 1 SyG call 4th StG, AdG calls & 1st PoC call 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 H2020 │ 51 ERC achievements Rising applications Established by the European Commission │ 52 ERC Calls Established by the European Commission │ 53 ERC achievements After 7 years of existence… Established by the European Commission Highly recognised by the research community 4 300 top researchers funded (65% are at an early-career stage); 64 nationalities represented Highly competitive (average success rate 12%) Working in almost 600 different institutions in 29 countries 50% of grantees in 50 institutions : “Excellence attracts excellence” Benchmarking effect: impact on national programmes and agencies; national funding for best "runners-up" Efficient and fast grant management │ 54 ERC achievements Grants per country of host institution ERC Starting, Consolidator, Advanced Grant calls 2007-2013 Established by the European Commission │ 55 Current Host Institutions Country Higher-Education Institution No StG/CoG AdG Total LS PE SH UK University of Oxford 1 63 58 121 36 52 33 UK University of Cambridge 2 69 49 118 40 57 21 UK University College London 3 56 30 86 35 18 33 CH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) 4 35 46 81 25 53 3 CH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) 5 44 36 80 23 55 2 IL Weizmann Institute 6 51 28 79 45 33 1 IL Hebrew University of Jerusalem 7 43 30 73 33 26 14 UK Imperial College 8 34 27 61 23 38 UK University of Edinburgh 9 24 21 45 10 21 14 BE University of Leuven 9 30 15 45 12 23 10 UK University of Bristol 10 18 21 39 8 25 6 DE University of Munich (LMU) 11 14 24 38 16 16 6 NL Radboud University Nijmegen 12 25 12 37 14 11 12 NL University of Amsterdam 12 20 17 37 3 10 24 NL Leiden University 13 20 15 35 1 16 18 NL Utrecht University 14 20 13 33 8 17 8 14 25 8 33 9 23 1 CH University of Zurich 14 18 15 33 21 5 7 UK King's College London 15 22 9 31 12 5 14 IL Tel Aviv University 15 17 14 31 11 17 3 CH University of Geneva 15 14 17 31 19 9 3 FI University of Helsinki 16 16 14 30 21 7 2 16 18 12 30 28 No StG AdG Total LS PE SH FR National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) 1 142 66 208 58 119 31 DE Max Planck Society 2 67 45 112 60 45 7 FR National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) 3 39 18 57 54 1 2 FR French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission 4 34 9 43 7 35 1 ES Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) 5 25 15 40 15 20 5 FR National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automatic Control (INRIA) 6 19 12 31 Top European Institutions hosting at least 30 ERC Grantees by funding Schemes Established by the European Commission IL Technion - Israel Institute of Technology SE Karolinska Institute Country Research Organisation StG/CoG 2007-2013 AdG 2008-2013 First legal signatories of the grant agreement Data as of 16/12/2013 2 31 │ 56 ERC achievements ERC grantees with ERA nationality* Established by the European Commission *) nationality as last declared by the principal investigator │ 57 ERC achievements ERC grantees with a non-ERA nationality* ERC Starting and Consolidator Grant calls 2007-2013 Established by the European Commission TOTAL number of grantees with non-ERA nationality : 207 StG/CoG and 101 AdG Data as of 16/12/2013 *) nationality as last declared by the principal investigator │ 58 ERC achievements Developing a new generation of excellent scientists Established by the European Commission 2/3 of staff are people in the training phase of their career Analysis of 995 ERC projects │ 59 ERC achievements Attracting excellent researchers Established by the European Commission Composition of ERC teams (PIs not included) Analysis of 995 Starting and Advanced Grants 53% of non-ERA team members ''attracted'' to Europe with the ERC grant (10% of all team members) EU: 67% Assoc. Countries: 12% non-ERA: 18% unknown: 3% Most non-ERA from China, US, India, and Russia │ 60 ERC achievements Publication from ERC funded projects Established by the European Commission Already over 20.000 papers acknowledging ERC support published in international, peer reviewed* Thomson journals. Reuters, WoS, End of 2012 │ 61 ERC achievements Highly distinguished grantees Established by the European Commission Serge Haroche Konstantin Novoselov Nobel 2012 Nobel 2010 Ada Yonath Christoforos Pissarides Andre Geim Theodor Hansch James Heckman Jean-Marie Lehn Stanislav Smirnov AdG 2008 2013 Wolf Prize awarded to Simon Donaldson AdG 2009 2013 Holberg Prize awarded to Bruno Latour - AdG 2010 Elon Lindenstrauss AdG 2010 2013 Crafoord Prize awarded to Lars Klareskog - AdG 2009 Other Prizes awarded to ERC grantees EMBO GOLD MEDAL 2011 – Simon BOULTON - AdG 2010 Peter Zoller - SyG 2012 2012 Prizes awarded to ERC grantees FEBS|EMBO WOMEN IN SCIENCE 2011 - Carol ROBINSON - AdG 2010 EMBO GOLD MEDAL 2012 Jiri FRIML - StG 2011 EMBO GOLD MEDAL 2010 – Jason W CHIN - StG 2007 BALZAN PRIZE 2012 David BAULCOMBE - AdG 2008 THE SHAW PRIZE IN MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES 2011 - Christodoulou Demetrios - AdG 2009 EUROPEAN LATSIS PRIZE 2012 Uffe HAAGERUP - AdG 2009 L'ORÉAL-UNESCO AWARD FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE 2011 - Anne L'Huillier - AdG 2008 KELVIN PRIZE 2012 Colin McINNES - AdG 2008 WOLF PRIZE 2010 – Anton ZEILINGER, David BAULCOMBE - AdG 2008, Alain ASPECT - AdG 2010LEIBNIZ PRIZE 2012 Michael BRECHT - AdG 2008 CRAFOORD PRIZE 2011 and EUROPEAN LATSIS PRIZE 2010 – Ilkka Hanski - AdG 2008 MILLENIUM AWARD 2010 – Michael GRATZEL - AdG 2009 & Joerg WRACHTRUP - AdG 2010 │ 62 ERC achievements A success story for European research Established by the European Commission More than 5 years of excellent IDEAS Events around the world - ERC goes global campaign Wide media coverage (both specialised & general press) User-friendly website and social media accounts NCPs AV products Quarterly e-newsletter Specific brochures & more │ 63 ERC achievements ERC around the world Established by the European Commission AAAS, USA "Summer Davos" in China Global Research Council meetings │ 64 Established by the European Commission 5. Spain at ERC │ 65 Spain at ERC Evaluated proposals from hosts in Spain Established by the European Commission Ineligible and withdrawn proposals not taken into account │ 66 Spain at ERC Granted proposals at host institutions in Spain Established by the European Commission * * current host institutions; data as of 11/02/2014 │ 67 Spain at ERC Success rates per country of Host Institution Established by the European Commission │ 68 Spain at ERC Success rates per domain Established by the European Commission Spain at ERC ERC grant distribution to countries of HI ERC StG, CoG and AdG calls 2007-2013 Established by the European Commission *) Host institution refers to the organisation with which the first grant agreement was signed│ 70 Spain at ERC Mobility of researchers ERC StG, CoG and AdG calls 2007-2013 Established by the European Commission 61 foreign PIs in Spain • 176 Spanish PIs in the country • 61 foreign PIs in Spain from 21 different nationalities, mainly IT (16), DE (10), UK (5), NL (4), US (4) • 45 Spanish PIs abroad, mainly in UK (17), CH (7), FR (7), DE (6) 45 Spanish PIs abroad Current host institutions; data as of 11/02/2014│ 71 Spain at ERC Host institutions in Spain ERC StG, CoG and AdG calls 2007-2013 Established by the European Commission Current host institutions; data as of 11/02/2014 │ 72 Spain at ERC PoC grants by country of host institution ERC PoC calls 2011, 2012 and 2013-1 Established by the European Commission Current host institutions; data as of 11/02/2014 │ 73 Spain at ERC Synergy Grant Calls 2012 and 2013 Established by the European Commission │ 74 The European Research Council Audiovisual Materials-Spain Established by the European Commission 1) Video clip entitled “Miradas cruzadas sobre el ERC” and is https://vimeo.com/78730046 2) Two short video clips produced by two ERC grantees on their respective research, whom we also featured in the general clip above. PRESBYOPIA http://player.vimeo.com/video/35940554 NANOFORCELLS http://vimeo.com/78411423 │ 75 The European Research Council Established by the European Commission - More information on http://erc.europa.eu - To subscribe to the ERC newsletter http://erc.europa.eu/keep-updated-erc - National Contact Point in your country and OPE in UZ http://erc.europa.eu/national-contact-points Follow us on: EuropeanResearchCouncil ERC_Research │ 76 Established by the European Commission 6. ERC PI engagement │ 77 Agenda Established by the European Commission Central role of the Principal Investigator in ERC GA I. Introduction II. Legal basis III. Contractual specificities IV. Rights & Obligations V. ERC services focused on PIs │ 78 PI central role I. Introduction Established by the European Commission Proposal/Project Expertise/Knowledge Principal Investigator central role Strengthening ERA Scientific leadership CANNOT REPLACE PI WITHOUT PI NO ERC GA │ 79 PI central role II. Legal basis Established by the European Commission Grant Agreement – PI named, but not signatory Annex II – General conditions II.2 & II.3 Supplementary agreement Work Programmes – Commitments on project and in EU Completed by national legislation & HI practice │ 80 PI central role III. Contractual specificities Established by the European Commission Principal Investigator Evaluation & Award -------------------------Scientific Reporting & Commitment ERCEA Supplementary Agreement Grant agreement Host Institution │ 81 PI Rights and Obligations Established by the European Commission RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS Scientific Autonomy Scientific Responsibility Access rights to background and foreground Confidentiality & IPR Adequate working conditions Time Commitment & in EU Independent publications Dissemination Portability Inform HI about changes │ 82 PI central role IV. Rights (i) – Scientific Autonomy Established by the European Commission Access to facilities required for the project Infrastructures Equipment Autonomy in the selection and management of the team Control on the budget Attn: Possible restrictions due to: • National legislations • HI usual practices │ 83 PI central role IV. Rights (ii) – IPR Access Rights Established by the European Commission HI has to provide the PI and his/her team with: Free access to background information owned by the institution before the project started and necessary for its implementation Free access to the foreground results generated by the project & necessary for its achievement even after the transfer of the GA │ 84 PI central role IV. Rights (iii) – Working conditions/labour law Established by the European Commission HI has to provide the PI with: Health and safety environment to work (accoring to European and international standards) Proper/ legal social security schemes: Leaves (annual, sickness, parental) Pensions Standards fixed by national legislations & HI practices │ 85 PI central role IV. Rights (iv) – Independent Publications Established by the European Commission • Authority to deliver scientific reports to the Agency • Authority to publish as senior author • Authority to invite as co-authors only those who have contributed substantially to the reported work │ 86 PI central role IV. Rights (v) – Portability Established by the European Commission Reasons: Better professional conditions Better research conditions Problems with HI Others HI cannot object unless for legal obstacles Transfer of GA, PF, unused budget (staff & equipment) PRIOR AGREEMENT FROM ERC (eligibility criteria, EWS, non-detrimental to the project) │ 87 PI central role IV. Obligations (i) – Scientific Responsibility Established by the European Commission Effective supervison of the project: Project to be implemented as indicated in the Annex I Staff under direct supervision of the PI Management of all resources necessary for the project Scientific Reporting: ERC grants have only two scientific reporting periods This should : (i) Be submitted in due time (ii) Demonstrate substantial progress (Annex I) Failure to meet these obligations can lead to termination – AT THE END │ 88 PI central role IV. Obligations (ii) – Confidentiality & IPR Established by the European Commission PI must preserve the confidentiality of any data, documents or other material that is identified as confidential This obligation no longer applies when: • information is made public by means other than a breach of confidentiality information is communicated to the recipient without any obligation of confidence by a third party who is in lawful possession • disclosure of the confidential information is foreseen by (national) law or by other provisions of this grant agreement or the supplementary agreement; PI must respect beneficiary's IPRS during and after the project │ 89 PI central role IV. Obligations (iii) – Time Commitment & in EU Established by the European Commission StG & CoG - at least 50% of their total working time to the ERC-funded project - at least 50% of their total working time in EU/AC AdG & SyG - at least 30% of their total working time to the ERC-funded project - at least 50% of their total working time in EU/AC Calculation on the whole duration of the project Synergy – PIs core time together Higher thresholds can be imposed at the evaluation stage or later in the implementation by the Agency │ 90 PI central role IV. Obligations (iv) – Dissemination Established by the European Commission Wide access through efficient dissemination of research results are key to further scientific progress. Results of the research shall be disseminated as swiftly as possible by the beneficiary, in line with the rule for IPR protection (Art. II. 30 General Conditions) ERC financial support shall always be acknowledged Open Access (best efforts) │ 91 PI central role IV. Obligations (v) – Inform HI about changes Established by the European Commission Obligation to inform HI & ERC about: Any substantial change in methodology/objectives Any event jeopardising or affecting substantially the project Substantial financial reorganisation Transfer of the project to a new Host Institution Timing is important Risk of ineligible costs Risk of termination │ 92 PI central role V. ERC services focused on PIs Established by the European Commission Daily support (procedures, communication, and dissemination) PI helpdesk Simplified & pre-filled templates Scientific reporting Financial reporting Amendment request FAQs Outreach events for Principal Investigators │ 93 Useful links Established by the European Commission Grant Management mailbox: [email protected] Amendment mailbox: [email protected] PI helpdesk mailbox: [email protected] │ 94 Thank you for your attention!