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Winning proposal: A project looking at non-coding RNA wins hearts and minds

Andrew Baker, a researcher of cardiovascular diseases at the University of Glasgow, was awarded an ERC five-year Advanced Grant in 2013, worth €2.5 million. He tells Catie Lichten that a risky yet carefully constructed hypothesis is the cornerstone of a strong proposal.

Was this the first time you applied?

It was the second time. I’d applied a few years ago with a project on adenoviruses as gene therapy tools. We’d published a paper in Cell and the proposal was really to extend that work and take it to the next level, but it wasn’t funded.

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