Ideas

Specific programme “Ideas”: “Research without borders”

  1. Introduction
  2. What kind of programme is usually funded?
  3. What kind of participant is usually funded? – Participation rules
  4. What is the procedure for funding? – Financing models
  5. Where can I get consultation?
  6. Where can I find a Bavarian contact person?
  7. Where can I get more information?

1. Introduction

“IDEAS“ – Fundamental research

With the specific programme “Ideas” and in the context of FP7, for the first time, allowances will be made for the necessity of funding for fundamental research (Frontier Research). The only definitive selection criterion is the quality of the submitted project applications and the excellence of the research teams suggested for their execution, although the factor “high risk” is also decisive for the research.

An allocation of about 7.51 billion € for the programme “Ideas” has been made in FP7.

The European Research Council

For the implementation and operative coordination of this specific programme, the European Commission has installed an autonomous research council (European Research Council/ ERC). Furthermore, the ERC also has strategic tasks in the future:

  • Funding and support for the biggest talents and the best ideas at the European level
  • Support of a knowledge-based industry, creation of suitable framework conditions, so that more R&D-intensive enterprises choose the location Europe for the long term, and stronger impulses for research-based spin-off developments
  • Search for solutions for the complex social demands of the European integration process

The new research council is made up of a Scientific Council and an Executive Agency for the operative execution and settlement of the activities. The Scientific Council currently comprises 22 well-known, scientifically established representatives from the European research landscape.
For more information go to this site in the Internet: http://erc.europa.eu/index_en.cfm

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2. What kind of programme is usually funded?

Target group

The programme supports projects both from individual solo-researchers as well as from research groups, which consist of one leader and several associated scientists. The main research must be employed by a public legal entity (e.g. university or non-university research facility), in a member state or an associated country. The other team members, on the other hand, can be employed either with the same or other legal entities in member states, associated countries or third-party countries.

Contents

Thematically viewed, there have been no limitations set for the projects. The programme supports individual projects in fields of scientific and technical fundamental research, including engineering, socio-economic sciences and humanities.

Criteria for funding

  • Excellence as the decisive criterion in the granting of subsidies in European-wide competition (“peer review”)
  • Thematically open, i.e. research contents are defined exclusively by the applicants (“bottom-up principle“)
  • Funding of high-risk, primarily interdisciplinary pioneer research
  • Autonomy of science in funding decisions by a politically independent, science-led research council (ERC)
  • Research-friendly execution procedures

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3. What kind of participant is usually funded? – Participation rules

Eligible legal entities

  • Universities and universities of applied sciences
  • (formerly known as technical colleges or “Fachhochschulen“)
  • Non-university research institutions
  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • Enterprises with aspirations for innovation (from industry, commerce, etc)
  • Public facilities such as officials
  • Consultation facilities, etc.

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4. What is the procedure for funding? – Financing models

Execution

The European Research Council (ERC) has been entrusted with the implementation of this specific programme. The evaluation procedure consists, as a rule, of two levels.

There are basically two forms of funding:

  • “Starting Independent Researcher Grants”
  • “Advanced Investigator Grants”

These “Starting Grants“ support the education of young research teams and their early scientific independence (pre-requisite: the promotion may not be any longer than eight years in the past). The “Advanced Grant” is reserved for experience researchers and scientists.

Research quota

For this programme, a reimbursement of all costs accrued is allocated (personnel, travel costs, materials, infrastructure, etc) up to 100% - an especially attractive form of funding.

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5. Where can I get consultation?

National Contact Point European Research Council
EU-Büro des BMB, PT-DLR
Heinrich-Konen-Str. 1
53227 Bonn

Christiane Wehle
Tel: +49 (0) 228 3821-646
Fax: +49 (0) 228 3821-649
E-Mail:
Internet: http://www.eubuero.de/arbeitsbereiche/erc

Marion Korres
Tel: +49 (0) 228 3821-643
Fax: +49 (0) 228 3821-649
E-Mail:
Internet: http://www.eubuero.de/arbeitsbereiche/erc

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6. Where can I find a Bavarian contact person?

Bavarian Research Alliance GmbH
Nußbaumstraße 12
D-80336 München

Dr. phil. Wolfgang Thiel
Head of Unit Domain Socio-economic Sciences and Humanities and Security Research
Tel: +49 (0) 89 9901888-160
Fax: +49 (0) 89 9901888-29
E-Mail:
Internet: http://www.bayfor.org

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7. Where can I get more information?

The National Contact Point hereby presents itself to you at the following links:
http://www.forschungsrahmenprogramm.de/ideen.htm
http://www.eubuero.de/erc

Weitere For more information regarding current “Calls for Proposals“ go to the following links:

http://cordis.europa.eu/ideas/ und
http://erc.europa.eu
http://www.kowi.de

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