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24 Jun 2014

ERC Consolidator Grant applications decrease by 31 per cent

Under the second call of the Horizon 2020 programme, a total of 2,525 proposals were submitted in the 2014 Consolidator Grant competition of the European Research Council (ERC). After last year's sharp rise (48%) in the number of applications (in total 3,679), the demand in the 2014 call represents a decrease of one third. The 2014 figures are comparable to the equivalent group in 2012.

Research institutions in 38 countries are eligible to host ERC grantees under this call, compared to 41 last year (note especially that Switzerland is not associated to the current EU research programme Horizon 2020).

In the 2014 call, the overall call budget is € 713 million, which means a success rate of around 15%, allowing funding of approximately 400 grants. In 2013, 312 top researchers were awarded grants of nearly €575 million in total, with a success rate of 8.5%.

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