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ERC hails project ‘breakthroughs’

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A quarter of projects funded by the European Research Council lead to “scientific breakthroughs”, an evaluation has found.

ERC-appointed panels assessed a random sample of 155 projects for the evaluation, which was carried out in 2016. They found that 25 per cent of projects resulted in a “scientific breakthrough”, 48 per cent in a “major scientific advance”, 26 per cent in an “incremental scientific contribution”, and one per cent in “no appreciable scientific contribution”.

The evaluation, which reported its results on 11 September, essentially confirmed the results of a similar pilot study announced last year. There was a slight increase in the percentage of projects found to have delivered a breakthrough, which was 21 per cent in the pilot evaluation, and a slight decrease in the percentage found to have delivered no contribution, which was previously four per cent.

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