ERC publishes initial facts and figures of ERC 2016 Starting Grants call
The competition for ERC 2016 Starting Grants closed for applications on 17 November 2015. The ERC has now released the initial facts and figures regarding this competition. The ERC received 2,935 applications, which is a slight increase (+0.5 %) from the previous Starting Grant call.
The largest number of applications was submitted in the domain of Physical Sciences and Engineering (1,299), followed by Life Sciences (854), and Social Science and Humanities (782). There has been a noticeable increase in the number of applications in Social Science and Humanities (+3%) and a decrease in Life Sciences (-3%). The number of female applicants has increased from 34.5% to 36%. The rise was particularly significant in Life Sciences: from 39% to 45%. 175 applicants are based in countries covered by the ERC initiative to widen participation mainly in Central and Eastern Europe, which is an increase of 9.3%. The ERC Work Programme has earmarked €485 million for an estimated 335 Starting Grants in 2016.