Review of the ERC - Final Report


After two years of operation, an external review of the ERC's structures and mechanisms was carried out to assess past performance and advise the European Commission on future directions. The review panel found that overall, the ERC has succeeded beyond expectations in attracting outstanding scientists across Europe and abroad to serve on its panels and has received thousands of applications which were all well reviewed, despite the difficulties inherent in setting up such a complex endeavour in such a short time. The panel also found fundamental problems concerning rules and practices regarding the governance, administration and operations of the ERC that are not adapted to the nature of modern “frontier” science management.