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Call for candidates: ERC Scientific Council for Horizon Europe

31 July 2020


File Statement of the Qualifications and Broader Profile of Candidate File Standing Identification Committee for the ERC Scientific Council Statement on Methodology

The mandate for members of the scientific council will commence 1 January 2021.

ALLEA (All European Academies), the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, has been invited by the chair of the Standing Identification Committee for the ERC Council to submit nominations of suitable candidates for the ERC Scientific Council for Horizon Europe. The mandate for members of the scientific council will commence 1 January 2021.

As a proud member of ALLEA, the Royal Irish Academy is eligible to nominate candidates for consideration. Thus, Irish-based experts are invited to consult the attached statement of methodology as well as the statement of qualifications and notify the Academy of their interest in being nominated. Please also note that candidates should be either current or recent research practitioners.

To express an interest in being nominated by the Royal Irish Academy please submit a completed statement of qualifications form to by midday on Monday 14th September 2020.

This opportunity is publicly advertised by the Royal Irish Academy.

All expressions of interest received will be considered by the Academy’s Policy Oversight Group - the unit tasked with advising upon the initiation and implementation of all of the Academy’s policy and international activities and responsible for overseeing a standardised quality process for all outputs. Chaired by the Academy’s Secretary of Policy and International Relations, the six members of this group are all elected Members of the Royal Irish Academy and come from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds in several institutions across the island of Ireland- both north and south of the border. On occasions, the Policy Oversight Group may also consult additional experts to inform their assessments and evaluations.

The Royal Irish Academy values diversity and strives for a culture of equality and inclusion in all of its activities. As outlined in its Strategic Plan 2019-2023, the Academy is committed to ensuring greater gender, disciplinary, institutional and overall diversity in every area of the Academy and its work throughout the island of Ireland.  It particularly welcomes nominations from under-represented groups and communities.

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