NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The European Union has awarded €5 million ($6.8 million) to fund over thirty proof-of-concept projects across Europe and in a broad range of fields, including life sciences research seeking to develop technologies toward commercialization.

The European Research Council provided up to €150,000 to each research project to help scientists push their pioneering "blue sky" basic science closer to the market.

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