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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

ERC officially launches its OA mandate

Jonathan Amos, European research goes for gold, BBC News, February 27, 2007.

The European Research Council (ERC) has been given a budget of 7.5bn euros (5bn) to 2013....

The ERC was formally inaugurated at a meeting in Berlin attended by the German Chancellor, Dr Angela Merkel....

In Europe, public research is funded by individual national agencies as well as the EU's Framework Programme; but the latter has often been criticised as being over-bureaucratic, skewed towards big, complex collaborations, and subject to political pressures.

The ERC is therefore a marked departure from all that has gone before it.

Research projects will not have to be collaborative - they do not have to be pan-European even. There will be no specification of research areas or themes. There will be no "juste retour" which sees member states get back a "fair proportion" of the monies they put into the funding pot.

The ERC has really simple guiding principles: the types of projects it funds must be at the "frontiers" of knowledge. It is looking for "excellence"....

PS:  --And not least, the Scientific Council of the ERC has already pledged to adopt an OA mandate for ERC-funded research "as soon as pertinent repositories become operational".