The European Research Council (ERC) has announced that thirty-four research groups will receive €350 million in total to address some of the world’s most formidable research problems spanning multiple scientific disciplines. More than 440 proposals were submitted in this Synergy Grant call, making it one of the most competitive in ERC history. The funding helps groups of two to four outstanding researchers bring together complementary skills, knowledge and resources in one ambitious project. The ERC Synergy Grant scheme is part of the EU's research and innovation program, Horizon 2020.
The 34 projects involve 116 researchers who will carry out their projects at 86 universities and research centres in 22 countries across Europe and beyond. The most common locations are Germany (involved in 18 projects), France (13) and the UK (8). Ten research groups will include one researcher working in the USA, Canada, Chile, Japan, or Australia.
The grants, each worth around €10 million, will help create some 1,000 jobs for postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, and other staff in the grantees' research teams.