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04 Mar 2015

ERC funds another 47 Starting Grants

In addition to 328 early-career scientists awarded ERC Starting Grants in December, the European Research Council announced another 47 winners as part of the 2014 starting Grant call. The winners will receive funding worth up to €2 million per project, to build their own research teams and pursue their best ideas at the frontiers of knowledge.

The additional 47 researchers are of 18 nationalities based in 14 countries across Europe. In terms of host institutions, the leading country is the UK (12 grants), followed by the Netherlands (7 grants) and France (6 grants). Austria hosts 2 additional researchers.

In the entire call, 375 researchers will therefore be funded, with almost €550 million. Altogether, the highest number of grants was awarded in Germany (72), the UK (67) and France (49). In terms of nationality, Germans are in the lead (71), followed by the French (41) and Italians (36). Austria hosts 13 winners in total. The overall success rate in the complete call was around 11.5% and was virtually equal between male and female applicants. In the previous call, the success rate was 9%.

In total, 163 of the grantees work in the domain "Physical Sciences and Engineering", 142 in "Life Sciences" and 70 in "Social Sciences and Humanities". The average age of selected researchers is 35 years. The funding will allow these Starting Grantees to build their own research teams, engaging in total over 1,600 postdocs and PhD students as their team members.

List of additional grant winners

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