ERC Consolidator Grants: €605 m awarded to 314 top researchers
On 13 December 2016 the ERC has announced the awarding of its Consolidator Grants to 314 top researchers in Europe. The funding, worth a total of €605 million, will give them a chance to have far-reaching impact on science and beyond. In this competition, researchers of 39 nationalities received funding, amongst them are for example Germans (50 grants), Italians (38), French (34) and Britons (24). The researchers will work in 23 countries across Europe, with the United Kingdom (58 grants), Germany (48), France (43) and the Netherlands (29) as leading locations. Seven grantees at Austrian host institutions received a grant: Institute of Science and Technology Austria (2), Technical University of Vienna, University of Salzburg, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences and the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
The ERC has evaluated 2,274 research proposals this time, out of which 13.8% have been selected for funding. Twenty-eight percent of grants were awarded to female applicants. The grants will create an estimated 2,000 jobs for postdocs, PhD students and other staff working in the grantees' research teams.