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14 Mar 2017

ERC celebrates successful first ten years

The European Research Council (ERC) is currently celebrating its tenth anniversary. The ERC was set up by the EU in 2007, as a core component of Horizon 2020, to support excellent researchers in Europe and has become a true success story in its first ten years. It has supported some 7,000 researchers doing cutting-edge research so far, six of whom received Nobel Prizes later on. The ERC has also granted career opportunities for some 50,000 research staff, and the scientific breakthroughs achieved by ERC-funded researchers has led to over 800 patent applications.

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the ERC, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas said: "When the European Union acts boldly, wonderful things happen. The European Research Council, part of the EU's Horizon 2020 programme, is proof of it. In its first ten years, the ERC has funded almost 7,000 research champions across Europe to pursue their best ideas. Beyond the academia, innumerable people are already benefitting from the positive impact of the ERC and its funded discoveries."

The President of the ERC, Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, said: "For the past ten years the European Research Council has supported high-quality research projects proposed by ambitious scientists. Their endeavours have a positive impact on thousands across Europe. ERC grants led to many scientific breakthroughs, such as the recent discovery of potentially inhabitable planets beyond the solar system. There is ample proof that the ERC is fulfilling the mission it was given to make Europe the place to be for the world's best brains."

A number of events are being held this week by research institutions and national authorities in Europe to mark the ERC's ten-year anniversary, with more celebrations due to take place throughout 2017 in different countries around the world.

For more information:

ERC press release

 

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