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This week in Europe in brief: ERC proposals up 11 per cent; Global data alliance launched; UK joins reactor partnership in France; ESA gains seventh cooperating state; Universities want humanities contribution to health.

ERC proposals up 11 per cent

The European Research Council funded 870 projects in 2012, according to its annual report. A total of 7,045 proposals were received—an increase of 11 per cent compared with 2011. The ERC, which funds basic research with European Commission money, spent a total of €1.5 billion on funding individual researchers undertaking ‘blue sky’ projects in 2012, the report said. Choosing these projects involved more than 5,000 external reviewers.

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