EU grants €7.5m to 50 scientists within the bloc

The award aims to help them bring their research findings to market

Prof. Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of ERC

The EU has awarded on Monday 50 ERC grant holders with additional funding of up to €150,000 each to test the commercial or societal potential of their original projects. The awarded projects are made by researchers working in 16 countries, mainly in UK, Spain and France and cover a variety of topics: revealing how the algorithms that determine our personalised feeds on social media actually work, using organoids to test treatments for late stage cancer, creating low-cost greener batteries, making wind turbines more efficient etc.

"The grants awarded today show how we can transform top science into practical innovations that will benefit everyone. Investing in research and innovation means we're investing in EU's future," Commissioner Carlos Moedas said.

"Frontier science above all generates new knowledge. One should never forget that scientific pursuit can also trigger new innovation and business ideas. ERC Proof of Concept grants help these ideas to develop. I'm glad to see that so many of our grantees from such diverse disciplines are eager to test if their research findings could be brought to market or benefit society in other ways," The President of the ERC, Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, added.

The grants, awarded three times a year, are part of the EU's research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020. Monday's announcement concerns the second 2018 round, in which the ERC evaluated 130 applications. The budget for the whole 2018 competition is €20 million. 

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