Nature's The Great Beyond reports that the European Research Council is funding 427 early career investigators €580 million in its third round of Starting Grants, which are worth up to €2 million each. According to Nature, 2,873 researchers applied for the awards this year. More than a third — 35.8 percent — of the grants fund life sciences research across the European Union.

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