ERC awards Starting Grants worth € 605 m to 406 early-career researchers
On 6 September 2017, the European Research Council announced the awarding of its Starting Grants to 406 early-career researchers across Europe. The funding, worth €605 million in total and up to €1.5 million per grant, will enable them to set up their own research teams and pursue ground-breaking ideas. The share of women amongst the new grantees is the largest ever in an ERC competition, and there is also more diversity in terms of nationalities of grantees.
The new grantees will work on a wide range of topics; from health research on chronic infections or asthma, to disaster management, network security, and climate change. The funded research covers all disciplines: physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, and social sciences and humanities.
Ranked by the number of host institution, the leading countries are the United Kingdom (79), Germany (67) and France (53). Austria ranks 9th with 16 host institutions. The successful Austrian grantees are located at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (4), the University of Vienna (3), the University of Technology Vienna (2), the Institute of Science & Technology Austria (2), and the Institute of Social Ecology at the University of Klagenfurt, the University of Linz, the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology Vienna, the Montanuniversität Leoben, as well as the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna.
Statistics on the call results can be downloaded here.