European Commission awards €485 million in grants to 325 early-career researchers

The EU’s European Research Council (ERC) is awarding 325 early-career researchers with €485 million worth in total funding which will enable them to set up their own research teams and pursue ground-breaking ideas. Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “Through these ERC ‘Starting Grants’, the EU attracts young research talent and keeps it in Europe. With the EU backing, these grantees will be able to pursue their best ideas, but also create quality jobs for more research staff who wish to work on the frontiers of science. Ultimately they will contribute to creating the most valuable resource Europe has: human capital.” The funded research covers a wide range of topics,from physical sciences and engineering to life sciences, social sciences and humanities. The projects that have received funding include work on improving effectiveness of chemotherapy in cancer treatment, developing new sustainable ways of producing hydrogen fuel, and exploring citizenship law to better manage migration and uphold human rights. The grants are awarded under the ‘excellent science’ pillar of Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme.