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€660 million in EU funding to top researchers

EU News 416/2013

Brussels, 26 September 2013

Exploring the limits of life on Mars, developing a virus that can target cancer cells, or using photonics to restore vision in patients with cataracts. Societal challenges such as ageing populations in developing countries or inequality in capitalist societies. These are just some of the issues being tackled by the 284 scientists who are set to receive €660 million in the latest funding round from the European Research Council (ERC).

In its sixth and last Advanced Grant competition under the EU's Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7), the ERC will provide individual grants of up to €3.5 million. The funding, some of the most prestigious in the world for frontier science, will enable well-established senior researchers to pursue their 'blue-sky' research. The next Advanced Grants call will be the first under Horizon 2020, the new EU research and innovation programme.

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