The European Research Council has changed how it evaluates applicants. Here’s why

29 Feb 2024 | News

ERC president Maria Leptin outlines the thinking behind the recent move towards less prescriptive application forms for its basic research grants 

The European Research Council (ERC) has introduced changes to how it assesses researchers. Photo: European Union

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The European Research Council (ERC) introduced a more inclusive application form for applicants this year to give researchers on all career pathways a fair chance to demonstrate their excellence.

In a new paper, ERC president Maria Leptin outlined the ERC Scientific Council’s thinking behind the decision it took last year. After long debate, the Council said it shares, “the concern that current research assessment systems often use inappropriate and narrow methods to assess the…