Do trust us when we speak of the useless knowledge..we need creative environments..and more; the ERC 5th anniversary message is all about excellence and relevance

Via Scoop.itDual impact of research; towards the impactelligent university

Set up by the European Union in 2007, the European Research Council (ERC) is celebrating in 2012 its fifth anniversary. The ERC was established by the European Commission and funded through the EU 7th Research Framework Programme. The main goal of the European Research Council (ERC) is to encourage high quality research in Europe through competitive funding.   The programme shows strategic horizon topics like: “Excellence and brain circulation in the global scientific landscape” and “creative environments extremely attractive to some of the best
researchers”. The conference programme really shows as a top EU science policy celebration.   The ERC president showed awareness that there is more to reach out to for a viable reserach system: If 50 % of all ERC grants go to 50 institutions across Europe, it is obvious that they are extremely attractive to some of the best researchers. But what about the other 430 institutions? How to create creative  environments among some of them? Probably this will be the real challenge of ERC like institutions in europe.   The statistics of the list of 5 years of achievements are impressive but very much show the performance of a scientific excellence machine:   – over 31,000 proposals submitted to the ERC’s
– more than 2,500 top-notch grant holders funded;
– representing 53 different nationalities;
– based in some 480 different institutions in 27
different countries;
– and with over 10,000 young researchers employed in their teams.
– In addition, the ERC counts 4 Nobel laureates and 3 Fields Medallists among its grantees, as well as the
winners of 30 more internationally recognised prizes;
– so far over 3400 articles acknowledging ERC
funding have appeared in peer-reviewed high-impact journals. Indeed, in the course of 2011, every week at least one ERC-funded project reported its findings in either Nature or Science!   But what about impact of al these remarkable achivements? who will assess this impact?   Sources:   Opening speech by Helga Nowotny, ERC President:   Conference programme:   2011 statistics ERC advanced grants:  


About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: Here is my other weblog on impact of research:

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