291 scientists are awarded ERC Consolidator Grants
The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded ERC Consolidator Grants to 291 scientists, who will carry out their projects in 21 different European countries, with a total budget of € 573 million. The largest number of grantees is located in the United Kingdom (55 grants), followed by Germany (38), France (32) and Switzerland (29). 9 grantees are located in Austria. With regard to nationality, the largest number of grantees is German (49 grants), followed by Italian (35), French (34) and British (27) researchers. 5 of the grantees are Austrian. The research projects proposed by the new grantees cover a wide range of topics in physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, as well as social sciences and humanities (a list of project examples is provided on the ERC website).
The grantees were selected from a total of 2,389 research proposals, out of which approximately 12% will be funded. 32% of grants were awarded to female applicants. The ERC expects this new round of grants to create around 1,750 jobs for postdocs, PhD students and other staff working in the grantees' research team.
ERC Consolidator Grants are awarded to outstanding researchers of any nationality and age, with at least seven and up to twelve years of experience after PhD, and a scientific track record showing great promise. Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation located in one of the EU Member States or Associated Countries. The funding (average of €2 million per grant), is provided for up to five years and mostly covers the employment of researchers and other staff to consolidate the grantees' teams.
For more information:
List of all selected researchers in alphabetical order
BMBWF - press release (in German)