The European Research Council (ERC) is funding 15 young scientists in Heidelberg, Mannheim, Stuttgart, Tübingen and Karlsruhe with up to 1.5 million euros each. With the so-called "Starting Grants", the ERC supports innovative research projects throughout Europe. With 15 out of 86, every sixth grant for researchers in Germany goes to Baden-Württemberg, thereby providing 22.5 million euros for science in the German Southwest.
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A total of 15 proposals submitted by universities and research institutions in Baden-Württemberg have been successful in the current round of calls for ERC Starting Grants under the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation of the European Union (EU). Four universities from the German Southwest, the universities of Heidelberg, Stuttgart, Tübingen and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), have been selected. In addition, grants have been awarded to the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) in Heidelberg, the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Tübingen, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS). About 17 percent of all grants in Germany thus go to Baden-Württemberg. Germany was able to move up to first place overall in Europe, followed by the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
The ERC grants have triggered a Europe-wide competition that has since set the standards for research excellence in Europe. The calls for proposals help to attract top international researchers from all over the world to Europe. ERC grants are awarded solely on the basis of the excellence criterion of the proposal. Starting Grants offer outstanding young researchers the opportunity to raise up to 1.5 million euros for a research project two to seven years after their doctorate.
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Further information can be found on the website of the European Research Council.
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