ERC Annual Report 2016
The European Research Council published its annual report describing the main outcomes in 2016.
For the seven year period of the Horizon 2020 programme, the ERC’s budget is € 13.1 billion which represents around 17 % of the entire Horizon 2020 budget. For 2016, the total annual budget was € 1.67 billion. In 2016, commitment credits of € 1.67 billion and payment credits of € 674 million were fully executed.
The ERC calls from the 2016 Work Programme for the core ERC grant schemes yielded a total of 7 644 proposals, representing a 10.4 % increase compared to 2015 (1 % increase for Starting, 12 % increase for Consolidator and 23 % increase for Advanced Grants). 374 Starting and 314 Consolidator projects have been selected for funding, bringing the total to over 2 500 ERC Horizon 2020 grantees.
The Advanced Grant 2016 proposals were still under evaluation at the moment of printing this report. The evaluation process was organised as usual into 25 different evaluation panels per call, involving more than 2 400 panel members and 15 800 external reviewers over the first 3 years of Horizon 2020. At the same time, 437 proposals were submitted to the Proff of Concept 2016 call with three deadlines (an increase of 29 % compared to 2015), of which 133 projects have been selected for funding. ERC-funded projects are highly productive and ERC-funded research is largely present in high-impact journals.
By December 2016, the ERC grantees had reported almost 100 000 publications in their project reports. The efficient operation of all the calls during 2016 underlines the successful organisational development of the ERCEA, which at the end of 2016 counted 461 staff members, a small number in view of the tasks to be performed.