10 Jan 2022
ERC awards €619m in its first research grants under Horizon Europe
On 10 January 2022, the European Research Council (ERC) published the results of the first Starting Grant call under Horizon Europe. €619 million will be invested in excellent projects proposed by 397 early-career researchers. The selected proposals cover all disciplines of research, from the medical applications of artificial intelligence, to the science of controlling matter by using light, to designing a legal regime for fair influencer marketing. Female researchers won some 43% of grants which is an increase from 37% in 2020 and the highest share to date.
The winners of this grant competition proposed to carry out their projects at universities and research centres in 22 EU and associated countries, mostly in Germany (72 projects), France (53), the UK (46) and the Netherlands (44). There are nationals of 45 countries among the winners of this call, notably Germans (67 researchers), Italians (58), French (44) and Dutch (27). Thirteen researchers who were previously based in the US will move to Europe as a result of this funding.