The researchers will receive nearly €400 Million in total, with grants worth up to €2 million each over up to five years. Competition for these prestigious awards continued to increase, with overall demand for grants up by 50% this year. There was also an increase in the share of successful female researchers, from 24% to 30% of all candidates. This Starting Grant competition was the last under the EU´s Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7).
In this call, 44% of the applicants were selected in the domain ´Physical Sciences and Engineering´, 38% in ´Life Sciences´ and 18% in ´Social Sciences and Humanities´. The grantees were selected through peer review evaluation by 25 panels composed of renowned scientists from around the world.
Set up in 2007 by the EU, the European Research Council is the first pan-European funding organisation for frontier research. The ERC, which is the newest, pioneering component of the EU´s Seventh Research Framework Programme (´Ideas´ Specific Programme), has a total budget of €7.5 billion from 2007 to 2013.