“ERA Chairs�? is a new measure to bridge the research and innovation divide in Europe. These grants are intended to help develop research excellence in EU Member States, Associated Countries and regions.
Universities or other eligible research institutions with currently low levels of participation in the Framework Programme, with a demonstrated potential and a concrete plan for research excellence, will be selected by the Commission to appoint outstanding research leaders: the "ERA Chairs" and his/her research team. This will permit these institutions to develop, in a particular field, the level of excellence required to successfully compete internationally and effectively widen participation.
An ERA Chairs pilot call, funded under FP7, is launched on 18 December 2012. Future ERA Chair calls will be published under Horizon 2020.
The indicative budget for this pilot call is €12,000,000. Each ERA Chair will be awarded with a maximum EU contribution of €2.4 million. A maximum of one ERA Chair per country will be selected for the pilot call.
To apply for an ERA Chair under the pilot call, the university or research organisation must be a legal entity located in one of the regions detailed in the FP7 Research Potential Work Programme for 2012-2013 (1) which focuses in particular on convergence.
The FP7 budget contribution under the ERA Chair grant agreement will be dedicated to salaries of the ERA Chair and his/her team and costs related with the implementation of the work plan, including costs associated to the implementation of ERA principles.
For the Pilot Call proposals from all areas of scientific and technological research as defined in FP7 are welcome. There are no pre-defined priority areas.
The European Commission will select the ERA Chair institutions and sign the grant agreement with these institutions. The evaluation of proposals will be carried out according to the procedures of the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7), with peer review by external experts. Grant agreements can run up to five years.
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Publication of the ERA Chairs pilot call: 18 December 2012
Deadline for submission of proposals by the institution: 30 May 2013
Evaluation of proposals for the ERA Chair Institution: Summer 2013
Signature of first grant agreements: December 2013
Publication of vacancy and recruitment process of ERA Chair holders by the Institutions: Starting early 2014