ERC awards Starting Grants to 408 successful researchers
On 3 September 2019, the ERC published the results of this year’s first completed ERC call for proposals. 408 early-career researchers from 51 nationalities have been awarded grants, worth €621 million in total. The funding will help individual scientists and scholars to build their own teams and conduct pioneering research across all disciplines.
The successful candidates’ research covers a diverse range of topics, from studying how forest foods could provide a solution to world hunger to investigating how tech companies sell their products and seek consumers’ trust.
The results of this grant competition show a greater diversity of nationalities than ever before: researchers are from 51 different countries of origin across the world, from as far afield as Taiwan and Cuba. 20 researchers will move to Europe from outside the EU and associated countries to conduct new research. The ERC-funded research will be carried out in 24 countries, with institutions from Germany (73), the UK (64) and the Netherlands (53) to host the highest number of projects. Austria will host 10 Starting Grants:
Institute of Science and Technology Austria (2)
Austrian Academy of Sciences (AAS)
Institute of Molecular Biotechnology
Vienna University of Economics and Business
University of Vienna
University of Innsbruck
University of Salzburg
Technical University of Vienna
Research Center for Molecular Medicine (CeMM)