Periodic Reporting for period 1 - ERC VP CSA (Support to the Vice-Presidents of the ERC Scientific Council 2019)
Reporting period: 2019-01-01 to 2019-12-31
Under the Horizon 2020 programme, the European Research Council provides a competitive funding mechanism for investigator-driven frontier research at the European level. One of the key structural components of the ERC is the Scientific Council consisting of 21 eminent researchers and their President, representative of a large range of disciplines and institutional backgrounds. The ERC ScC independently establishes and oversees the ERC's scientific management and the implementation of the Work Programme, including the peer review and the selection of peer reviewers.
The project objective was to provide local administrative, operational and advisory support for the three ERC Vice-Presidents. The project contained a single work package which encompassed all the various tasks associated with this objective. Some of the major tasks accomplished by the Vice-Presidents were the approval of the ERC Work Programme, the chairing of Standing Committees and Working Groups, recruitment of new panel members for evaluation of proposals submitted to the ERC, participation in meetings of the ERC Board and Scientific Council, and dissemination of information on the ERC to the wider community. These activities are in addition to on-going work monitoring the quality and effectiveness of the ERC evaluation processes, and responding to correspondence from the scientific community. As the Vice-Presidents act on an honorary basis, this project provided the support necessary for them to achieve these tasks.