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ERC to Support 480 Early Stage Investigators with 'Starting Grants'

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For its fourth round of "Starting Grant" awards, the European Research Council will support 480 early-stage investigators with just more than €670 million in total awards over five years, with each grant worth up to €2 million. In a release, the ERC says it saw a 42 percent surge in applications for these grants compared to last year. ERC President Helga Nowotny says this came as no surprise to her. "It confirms that demand for ERC funding continues unabatedly," she says in a statement. "We need to continue to invest in our brightest talent, notably in these times of economic crisis, as they are key to Europe's future prosperity." ERC has made the names of all awardees — along with their grant-supported project titles — listed by country available here.

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