ERC awards 44 Proof of Concept grants
On 4 July the ERC announced the names of 44 of its grant holders who will receive top-up funding to explore commercial or innovation potential of the results of their ERC-funded research. Austria is hosting one of the grantees, Giulio Superti-Furga, director of CEMM -Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
These Proof of Concept grants, worth €150,000 each, can be used, for example, to establish intellectual property rights, investigate business opportunities or conduct technical validation.
The selected projects cover a variety of topics. Researchers will, for example, build a neurotechnology device that could help its users improve their memory retention, or develop open-source software for faster and better forecasts of severe weather events, or design a new vaccine strategy for RNA viruses, like Ebola, dengue, and Zika.