ERC Advanced Grants: €647 million from the EU to 277 senior research leaders

Fonte: European Research Council

The European Research Council (ERC) has announced today the awarding of its prestigious Advanced Grants to 277 senior researchers. The funding, worth in total €647 million, will enable them to pursue their most promising ideas and carry out frontier research with potentially ground-breaking impact on science and society beyond. The grants are awarded under the ‘excellent science’ pillar of Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme.

On this occasion, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “Through EU funding, the European Research Council is enabling the best minds in the world to create a better future for us all. These talented researchers are an integral part of what keeps us globally competitive. Their work will lead to new knowledge, it will fuel innovation and it can bring about market-creating innovation − generating employment opportunities and economic growth for Europe. Most importantly, the ideas developed by ERC grantees can lead to better, healthier, more innovative societies, if we engage Europeans in realising their potential.”

The President of the ERC, Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, commented: “It is inspiring to see both the quality and ambition of the projects submitted by the distinguished researchers to whom these grants have been awarded. The ERC was given the task to support cutting-edge and risky research to allow scientists to push the frontiers of knowledge. I look forward to seeing what breakthroughs and major advances will come out of these projects whose main driver was scientific curiosity.”

The research projects proposed by the new grantees cover wide range of topics from physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

For example, a German grantee will take on the challenge of genetically endowing magnetism to living organisms, opening new opportunities in medicine. A scientist in Slovenia will carry out a pioneering study of quantum particles with potential applications in superconductivity and quantum information systems. A researcher in Italy will study the aspirations of disadvantaged people in the context of anti-poverty policies. (See more examples)

ERC grants are awarded to researchers of any nationality based in, or willing to move to, Europe. In this competition, researchers of 29 different nationalities received the funding, with British (47) and Germans (47) on par, followed by Italians (26), French (25) and Dutch (20). The new ERC

projects will be hosted in 21 countries across Europe, with the United Kingdom (69 grants), Germany (43) and France (30) as top locations. In this competition the ERC received 1,953 grant applications – more than 14 per cent of which were successful. (See statistics)

List of all selected researchers by country of host institution Lists of selected researchers by domain (in alphabetical order):

Social Sciences and Humanities

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