Universities and research organisations shall submit a proposal aimed at facilitating structural change inspired by ERA best practice based principles which provide guidance to institutions to become more open, attractive and competitive.
The researchers to be appointed as “ERA Chairs�? should have a track record in scientific excellence. They also need to demonstrate their competence and experience to lead and manage research teams and secure competitive research funding.
Bridging the research and innovation divide requires both investment in research and innovation capacities (such as research facilities) and attracting scientific quality (outstanding researchers). Concentration of resources through Regional Policy Funding and Horizon 2020 is actively encouraged in the Multi Annual Financial Framework 2014 and 2020.
The “ERA Chairs�? can be of any nationality. They may also come from the country in which the university or the research organisation is located.
The “ERA Chairs�? need to be fully integrated into the institutional structure. Mobility may be a way to recruit the ERA Chair, without mobility being the final objective of the measure.
The ERA Chair holder shall be appointed to a full-time position. Therefore, the Chair must devote her/himself full time to the activities connected to the ERA Chair work at the institution.
The institution employs through an employment contract or equivalent, the ERA Chair. The Chair should have a position within the organisation/university, professor or similar, that will allow her/him to freely apply for research funding in order to develop and raise the level of research excellence of both the team and the institution to successfully compete at international level and help to close the research divide.
The European Commission will carefully analyse the sustainability of the business plan, including after the life time of the grant agreement, submitted by the institution when evaluating the proposals.
“ERA Chairs�? are part of a set of measures tackling the research/innovation divide. For instance, the European Commission supports various forms of collaboration across universities and research organisations, including via teaming and twinning, hereby bringing organisations together.
The “ERA Chairs�? differ from any other initiative. ERC grants are restricted to frontier research for which the sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence, while the ERA Chairs support universities and research organisations to develop their potential for research excellence.