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EU funds 133 frontier research innovations

The European Research Council (ERC) has announced the winners of the latest Proof of Concept grants, designed to help bring the results of research closer to market.

Winning researchers will receive €150,000 each in top-up funding to explore the innovation potential of their ERC-funded discoveries.

Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas said: “Through Horizon 2020, and the European Research Council in particular, we use EU funding to push the frontiers of science and knowledge. The Proof of Concept scheme is an instrument that encourages and accelerates the transition from the lab to successfully marketed technologies and goods. It helps Europe to spread the ideas and help them diffuse from top researchers to the industry and the society.”

The grants will support projects covering a wide array of subjects such as a new technology to harvest water from fog in arid areas in Greece; a neuroprotective stroke therapy developed in the Netherlands; and a web-based service to diagnose impaired speech in Germany.

The ERC, set up by the European Union in 2007, is the first European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. It offers three core grant schemes: Starting, Consolidator and Advanced. Every year, it selects and funds the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age, to run projects based in Europe.