ERC awards € 647 million in Advanced Grants to 277 senior research leaders
The European Research Council (ERC) has announced today that it is awarding its prestigious Advanced Grants to 277 senior researchers, with a total funding amount of € 647 million. The Advanced Grants are awarded under the "Excellent Science" pillar of Horizon 2020 and will enable the researchers to pursue their most promising ideas and carry out frontier research with potentially ground-breaking impact on science and society beyond. The projects were selected from a total of 1,953 proposals, resulting in a success rate of 14.2%.
Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "As part of Horizon 2020, the ERC funds the work of some of the most brilliant minds in frontier research, people whose discoveries can start new industries, new markets and contribute to the welfare of the planet." The President of the ERC, Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, commented by saying: "It is inspiring to see both the quality and ambition of the projects submitted by the distinguished researchers to whom these grants have been awarded. The ERC was given the task to support cutting-edge and risky research to allow scientists to push the frontiers of knowledge. I look forward to seeing what breakthroughs and major advances will come out of these projects whose main driver was scientific curiosity."
The research projects proposed by the new grantees cover a wide range of topics, ranging from physical sciences and engineering to life sciences, social sciences and humanities. The researchers have 29 different nationalities, with British (47) and Germans (47) on a par, followed by Italians (26), French (25) and Dutch (20). 5 of the grantees are Austrian. The new ERC projects will be hosted in 21 countries, with the United Kingdom (69 grants), Germany (43) and France (30) as top locations, and a total of 13 projects (mostly in the field of Life Sciences) hosted in Austria (7th place).
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