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CNR: Alamanacco della Scienza

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N. 14 - 19 set 2012
ISSN 2037-4801

International info   a cura di Cecilia Migali

Socio-economico

Erc: €800 million for early-career researchers

The European Research Council (Erc) has selected 536 early-career top researchers across Europe in the latest 'Starting Grant' competition, with a budget of almost €800 million. With grants of up to €2 million per project, this will enable the most promising scientists to develop their best ideas at the frontiers of knowledge. It will also allow them to build their own research teams, engaging more than 3,000 postdocs and PhD students as Erc team members, thereby supporting a new generation of top scientists in Europe. The trend of a growing demand for Starting Grants persists also this year.

The Erc calls are targeting top researchers of any nationality who are based in, or willing to move to Europe. In this call, Starting Grants are being awarded to researchers of 41 nationalities - with German, British, French and Italian researchers taking the lead - who will carry out their projects in around 220 institutions across 21 different European countries. The Uk, Germany, France and the Netherlands host the greatest number of successful applicants.

Erc President Professor Helga Nowotny said: "The latest round of Starting Grants saw yet another increase in applications submitted by many bright young people from all over Europe. We are delighted with the wealth of talent and creativity, and reassured that the Erc Starting Grant is far from having reached saturation. Europe must not miss out on capitalising on this talent. In the fifth year of the Erc's existence, we will also 1 The Eu or the FP7 associated countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Faroe Islands, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia, Iceland, Israel, Liechtenstein, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey) see the conclusion of the first Erc projects and look forward to bringing to further fruition the breakthrough ideas and potential innovations they hold".

Erc press release