51 researchers receive ERC Proof of Concept grant
Fifty-one ERC grant holders receive top-up funding to explore the commercial or innovation potential of the results of their EU-funded frontier research. The selected innovative projects cover a variety of topics, ranging from new health therapies, to creating detailed 3D maps of forest structures, to an ocean surveillance model for fish conservation.
Proof of Concept grants, worth €150,000 each and open to ERC grant holders, can be used, for example, to establish intellectual property rights, investigate business opportunities or conduct technical validation. The grantees can apply for funding in three rounds of the call. The results of the second round of the 2017 call were announced today.
The grantees are based in Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. The budget of the overall 2017 Proof of Concept competition is €20 million. In this second round, the ERC evaluated 139 applications for grants.