EDITORIAL

Challenges for New ERC President

Science  24 Jan 2014:
Vol. 343, Issue 6169, pp. 351
DOI: 10.1126/science.1250820

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Summary

This month, Jean-Pierre Bourguignon began his tenure as president of the European Research Council (ERC). This is a daunting task for many reasons: The growing ERC budget requires that it be carefully positioned within a complex array of European funding opportunities; embedding the presidential role into the ERC executive agency in the European Commission's Directorate-General for Research and Innovation potentially reduces ERC's independence; and variable success rates for acquiring ERC funding are concerning, and research expectations will need to be managed.