ERC awards 54 Proof of Concept Grants
The ERC has awarded top-up funding to 54 ERC grant holders via its Proof of Concept Grants, to explore the commercial or societal potential of their ERC-funded frontier research results. The awarded projects cover a variety of topics: a new non-invasive test for cystic fibrosis in babies, an evidence based treatment programme for traumatised child refugees, and a process to identify which new antibiotics bacteria are less likely adapt to and resist over time. See more examples of funded projects.
Proof of Concept (PoC) grants, worth €150,000 each, can be used for example to explore business opportunities, prepare patent applications or verify the practical viability of scientific concepts. The new grants were awarded to researchers working in 15 countries: Austria (1 grant), Belgium (2), Finland (3), France (3), Germany (4), Hungary (1), Ireland (2), Israel (3), Italy (2), Luxembourg (1), Netherlands (8), Portugal (2), Spain (4), Switzerland (5) and the UK (13).
The grant scheme is only open to ERC grantees. Over 900 grantees have received PoC funding since 2011. They can apply for funding in one of the three rounds of the call every year. Today's announcement concerns the first 2019 round, in which the ERC evaluated 134 applications. The budget for the 2019 competition is €25 million.