ERC grants top researchers €630m
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ERC grants top researchers €630m

The ERC has announced its Consolidator Grants will go to 329 of Europe’s top researchers, with funding worth €630m as part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.

The grants will give researchers the chance to have far-reaching impact on science.

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and innovation, said: “The Horizon 2020 programme will be funding 329 new ERC grants with €630m to boost the EU’s scientific excellence and competitiveness.

“I am also pleased to see that the share of the grants attributed to women researchers is growing in ERC competitions.

“We still have much to do, but it has always been my ambition to deploy all efforts possible to make gender equality a reality in the realm of research and innovation.”

The grantees will carry out their projects at universities and research centres in 22 different countries across Europe, with leading locations being the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands.

In this competition, researchers of 39 nationalities receive funding. The research projects proposed by the grantees cover a range of topics in physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, and the social sciences and humanities.

The ERC has evaluated 2,538 research proposals, of which 13% will be funded.

The grants will create an estimated 2,000 jobs for postdocs, PhD students and other staff working in the grantees’ research teams.