55 ERC Proof of Concept grants awarded
The European Research Council has announced another fifty-five Proof of Concept grants which help ERC-funded researchers to move their results towards commercial or social innovation. The awarded projects cover a variety of topics e.g., making gecko-inspired gripping technology to help automate the assembly of products with tiny parts, tapping into the international digital music market by producing song word metadata for playlist generators, and enhancing the safety of live vaccines for mosquito-transmitted viruses.
The new grants were awarded to researchers working in 11 countries: Austria (1 grant), Belgium (6), Germany (8), France (8), Israel (2), Italy (5), Netherlands (7), Spain (6), Sweden (2), Switzerland (2) and the UK (8).
Proof of Concept (PoC) grants, worth €150,000 each, provide top-up funding that can be used for example to explore business opportunities, prepare patent applications, or verify the practical viability of scientific concepts.