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ERC Work Programme 2010, Established by the ERC Scientific Council and transmitted for adoption to the Commission on the 2nd of April 2009 (European Commission C(2009) 5928 of 29 July 2009)

Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC

Abstract

In terms of competitiveness and growth, the challenge for Europe is to move from investment in the traditional sectors to the fast moving, R&D intensive developing and emerging sectors. In light of the current global financial crisis it is necessary to step up R&D investments and reaffirm that innovation in science and technology is the best guarantor of Europe's economic future. New waves of innovation that arise from fast moving areas of fundamental research and engineering must be captured and exploited. This requires Europe to be active in research of the very highest quality at the frontiers of knowledge.
The European Research Council (ERC) has a unique position in European research funding to support the best science and scholarship. It is operating at the highest level of ambition to generate the maximum benefit to European research from the activities it pursues. The ERC will not be hostage to the conventional wisdom; instead, it will take the best practice wherever it can be found.
The fundamental principle for all ERC activities is that of stimulating investigator-initiated frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of excellence. Awards will be made and grants operated according to simple procedures that maintain the focus on excellence, encourage initiative and combine flexibility with accountability.

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Record Number: 10027 / Last updated on: 2009-08-07
Category: WORK
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