ERC awards Synergy Grants to 37 research groups
In the 2019 competition for ERC Synergy Grants, 37 research groups will receive funding for their curiosity-driven science. Worth €363 million in total, these special grants will enable groups of two to four top researchers to bring together complementary skills, knowledge and resources in one research project.
According to the ERC, most of the selected proposals span traditional boundaries of disciplines. For example, one group will investigate relationships between climate and cities, and will include geographers, a physicist and a meteorologist. A cancer research project will involve leading experts in different strands of biology and genetics, as well as a paediatrician.
The 37 projects involve 126 principal investigators who will carry out their projects at 95 universities and research centres in 20 countries across the European Research Area and beyond. Four of the projects will include one or more researchers from newer EU Member-States, namely Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Eight research groups will include one principal investigator working in the United States. The most common locations are Germany (involved in 20 projects), the UK (12) and France (11). 4 of the principal investigators are working in Austrian host institutions (Research Center for Molecular Medicine - CeMM, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Medical University of Vienna and Technical University of Vienna).
Amongst the grantees, there are 24% women who will take part in 21 out of 37 projects.