ERC SYNERGY GRANTS AWARDED TO 37 RESEARCH GROUPS TO TAKE ON THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES
Shota Rustaveli National science foundation of Georgia disseminates information about ERC Synergy Grants for research groups to acquire most essential challenges like curing cancer, tackling climate change or other scientific quests.
In the 2019 competition for these grants, 37 research groups will receive funding for their curiosity-driven science. Worth in total €363 million, these special grants will enable groups of two to four top researchers to bring together complementary skills, knowledge and resources in one research project. This funding is part of the EU's research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020.
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.
The 37 projects involve 126 principal investigators who will carry out their projects at 95 universities and research centers 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). Amongst the grantees, there are 24% women who will take part in 21 out of 37 projects.
The grants, each worth around 10 million euro, will help create some 1,000 jobs for postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, and other staff in the grantees' research teams.
For the additional information, please visit European Research Council website.
The list of funded proposals as part of ERC Synergy Grant is available on the webpage.