ERC: Fewer Advanced Grants applications in 2017 than in 2016
The European Research Council (ERC) has released the preliminary statistics on submitted proposals, after the competition for ERC Advanced Grants 2017 closed for applications on 31 August 2017. According to these statistics, the ERC received 2,166 applications in the 2017 competition, compared to 2016. However, the number of applicants is still higher than in the 2015 competition (1,953).
The highest number of applications was submitted in the domain of Physical Sciences and Engineering (994 or 46%), followed by Life Sciences (630 or 29%), and Social Science and Humanities (542 or 25%).
The number of proposals submitted by women has increased slightly (18% in 2017, compared to 16.5% in 2016, and 17% in 2015).
€567 million are earmarked for an estimated 245 Advanced Grants in 2017, according to the ERC Work Programme. The estimated success rate in this competition is 11%. The ERC is now starting evaluation of the proposals. The selected projects will be announced in spring 2018.
ERC Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent scientists in any field at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track record of research achievements in the last ten years.
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