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ERC market grants, large telescope, tech-transfer group…

This week in Europe in brief: ERC gives first market grants; Large telescope agreement signed; Tech-transfer umbrella group founded; Ageing priorities pinpointed; Italian to head EU medicines agency.

ERC gives first market grants

The European Research Council has selected 30 proposals out of 78 for its first round of proof-of-concept grants, which each provide an extra €150,000 to ERC grantees who want to test the market potential of their research results. Seven winners each are in the UK and the Netherlands, four in Israel and the rest are spread throughout Europe. The deadline for applications for the next round is 8 November.

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