Two-and-a-half months after the referendum on EU membership, Emily Shepard from the University of Swansea was announced as one of the UK’s European Research Council Starting Grant winners. To win big, she had to learn to think big, Eleni Courea hears.
The list of ERC Starting Grant winners was released by the European Commission on 8 September. Of the 59 UK-based winners, all but six—including Shepard—were based at Russell Group universities or independent research institutes.
The terms and conditions of Shepard’s grant are still being finalised but she stands to receive just under €2 million (the maximum amount under the scheme) from the council over the next five years.