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284 scientists will receive €660 million from Europe

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284 scientists will receive  receive €660 million in the latest funding round from the European Research Council (ERC). In this call, the successful candidates are of 27 different nationalities, with British, German, French, Dutch and Italian researchers being the most numerous. Grantees are based in some 150 institutions across 18 different European Research Area (ERA) countries.

For this particular competition, just over 2,400 applications were submitted to the ERC, which is a slight increase (4.5%) from last year. Thanks to the ERC grants, the selected scientists in this call will be able to build their own research teams, engaging an estimated 1,200 postdocs and PhD students as ERC team members.

The researchers selected will perform their frontier research on a wide range of topics. One project, for instance, explores the limits of life on Mars. Other projects deal with major health issues such as developing a virus to kill cancer cells, understanding the molecular mechanisms behind Alzheimer´s disease, or using photonics to restore vision in patients with cataracts. Societal challenges are also addressed, such as ageing populations, and inequality in capitalist societies. List of all selected researchers by country of host institution.

Advanced Grants are awarded to well-established top researchers of any nationality or age, scientifically independent and with a recent research track-record, as well as a profile which identifies them as leaders in their respective field(s). The ERC also funds young, early-career top researchers (ERC Starting Grants) and already independent excellent scientists (ERC Consolidator Grants).

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