New ERC Starting Grant results: 287 early-career top researchers supported
The European Research Council (ERC) has selected 287 top scientists in its sixth Starting Grant competition, which is the last one under the EU’s Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7).
They are awarded nearly €400 Million, with grants being worth up to €2 million each. The funding will enable early-career talent to develop their best, innovative ideas across the European Research Area (ERA).
This competition saw an increase in the share of successful female researchers. The demand for these grants also rose by 50% this year, which is a continuing trend.
The next Starting Grant calls will fall under the new Framework Programme ‘Horizon 2020’.
The projects selected cover a wide range of topics, such as designing a unique coastal defence against tsunamis, developing high-tech radiotherapy that can potentially help patients with head-and-neck cancer, investigating real-time monitoring of air pollution by means of GPS technology, or producing new low-cost and more effective photovoltaics.
Find out more: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-715_en.htm