New ERC Starting Grants Awarded
On Friday, the European Research Council (ERC) announced the winners of its Starting Grants, which offer early-career investigators up to 2 million euros over 5 years to help them establish or build up their research groups at European institutions.
Now in its fourth year, the program awarded more than 670 million euros to 480 early-career researchers. This year’s competition was considerably more competitive than last year’s; the ERC received 42% more applications than last year (from 2873 to 4080), but funding was up just 15% — a nice rise, but insufficient to keep up with the increase in the number of applications. The result: a 12% success rate.
The average age of the new ERC grantees is 37 years and just over a fifth are women. German, British, and Italian researchers are the most numerous among the awardees; the United Kingdom, Germany, and France are the most favored host countries. Seventeen researchers will use their grants to move from the United States to Europe; two of these are American, one is Canadian, and the other 14 are returning Europeans. 46% of the awardees are in the physical sciences and engineering, 35% study the life sciences, and 19% are from the social sciences and humanities.
The ERC’s call for new Starting Grant proposals is issued each summer, with deadlines in autumn. More information on the ERC Web site