Delegation of the European Union to Australia

Promoting world-class scientific collaboration between the EU and Australia

14/02/2019 - 00:34
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More of Australia's top talent will join high-calibre research teams in Europe thanks to a joint agreement between the European Research Council and Australian Research Council.

The European Commission's Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation, Signe Ratso, and Australia's Ambassador to the European Union, Justin Brown, signed the deal in Brussels on Wednesday 13 February. Australia's chief scientist Dr Alan Finkel was also in attendance.

The initiative, the 13th of its kind, opens more opportunities for Australian researchers to join ERC-funded teams in Europe and to stimulate cooperation and scientific exchange across the world. In October 2018, a similar agreement was concluded with the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. Read more here.


 Prof. Anne Kelso and Amb. Michael Pulch.
Prof. Anne Kelso and Amb. Michael Pulch.

Prof. Anne Kelso, NHMRC CEO and Michael Pulch, Ambassador of the European Union to Australia in 2018.


The ERC, set up by the EU in 2007, is the premiere European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. It is currently part of the EU's Horizon 2020 programme.

The ERC offers long-term grants in Europe to excellent scientists of any nationality and in any field. To date, the ERC has funded around 9,000 top researchers at various stages of their careers. 48 Australian researchers based in Europe have been awarded ERC grants, of which 41 are early- to mid-career researchers.


Read the ERC Press Release here


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