• Posted 16-Dec-2019

ERC Awards Over €600 Million to Europe's Top Researchers

The European Research Council today announced the winners of its latest Consolidator Grant competition: 301 top scientists and scholars across Europe.

Funding for these researchers, part of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, is worth in total €600 million. With this support, the new grantees will have a chance to build up their teams and have far-reaching impact.

The grantees will carry out their projects at universities and research centres in 24 different countries across Europe, with Germany (52 grants), the United Kingdom (50), France (43) and the Netherlands (32) as leading locations. In this competition, researchers of 37 nationalities received funding, amongst them are notably Germans (55 grants), French (33), Dutch (28) and Italians (23). The research projects proposed by the new grantees cover a wide range of topics in physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, as well as social sciences and humanities.

The ERC received 2,453 research proposals this time, out of which approximately 12% will be funded. Thirty-one percent of grants were awarded to female applicants. This new round of grants should create some 2,000 jobs for postdoctoral fellows, PhD students and other staff working in the grantees' research team.

Researchers who would like to compete for an ERC Consolidator Grant have until 4 February 2020 to apply for the next round of funding.

Source: European Research Council News (http://bit.ly/2LMSHun)