The committee will be led by Lord Sainsbury of Turville, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge and a former British science minister. The committee will make recommendations to the European Commission in time for the next ERC president to take up duties on Jan. 1, 2014, as successor to the current president Helga Nowotny.
In the five years since its launch, the ERC has established itself as Europe´s pre-eminent funding agency for frontier science, supporting research purely on the basis of excellence. As the ERC continues to strengthen its position, the role of the next president will be crucial. The President will be the voice and public face of the ERC, and defend the ERC principles of excellence, efficiency and independence.
The search committee members will be:
· Lord SAINSBURY of Turville, FRS, Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
· Catherine CESARSKY, High Level Advisor, Commissariat à l´énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA), Former High Commissioner for Atomic Energy in France
· Suzanne FORTIER, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
· Michał KLEIBER, President of the Polish Academy, Former Member of the ERC Scientific Council
· Jadran LENARČIČ, Director of the Jozef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana
· Erwin NEHER, Director Emeritus at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Nobel Prize in Medicine
· Salvatore SETTIS, Former Director, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Former Member of the ERC Scientific Council
The European Research Council was established under the European Union´s Seventh Framework Programme for Technological Research and Developmentto encourage high quality research in Europe. It awards grants through open competitions to projects headed by starting and established researchers, irrespective of their origins, who are working or moving to work in Europe. The sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence. The aim is to recognise the best ideas, and retain and confer status and visibility to the best brains in Europe, while also attracting talent from abroad. Under the Commission´s proposals for the next, seven-year EU research funding programme, Horizon 2020 (2014-2020), the ERC´s budget should rise to over €13 billion from €7.5 billion in 2007-2013.
The ERC President under Horizon 2020