31 Jan 2023
ERC awards 321 new Consolidator Grants
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded the 2022 ERC Consolidator Grants to 321 researchers. The funding is worth €657 million in total. It will help excellent scientists, who have 7 to 12 years’ experience after their PhDs, to pursue their most promising ideas.
The grants will be invested in scientific projects spanning spanning all disciplines of research from engineering to life sciences to humanities. The laureates of this grant competition proposed to carry out their projects at universities and research centres in 18 EU Member States, plus other countries associated with Horizon Europe. Among the EU countries the highest numbers of grants will be located in Germany (62 projects), France (41) and Spain (24). 15 projects will be located in Austria.
There are nationals of 37 countries among the winners of this call, notably Germans (52 researchers), Italians (32), French (31) and British (31). This call attracted 2,222 applicants. The grants are expected to create around 1950 jobs for postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, and other staff at the host institutions.
The statistics and final list of successful candidates are provisional. The Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom allows for associating the UK to the current EU research and innovation funding programme, Horizon Europe, subject to the adoption of a Protocol. As this Protocol has not been adopted so far, the UK is still considered “non-associated” to Horizon Europe. Therefore, the successful proposals of applicants based in a country in the process of associating to Horizon Europe will be eligible for funding only if the relevant Horizon Europe association agreement applies by the time of the signature of the grant agreement. However, successful applicants from UK host institutions can still be funded, provided that they move to a host institution in an eligible country.
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