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EU13 states welcome ERC mentor scheme


Matchmaking initiative patches gaps in national expertise, according to EU’s newer member states

Representatives from the EU’s 13 newer member states have welcomed the launch of a mentoring initiative designed to raise the low rate at which researchers in some of them win funding from the European Research Council.

On February 15, the EU’s flagship research funder announced the initiative, which will identify past grantees and proposal reviewers to work with local and regional support offices. It said such offices “often struggle to identify international experts to provide coaching and advice for the ERC grant applicants they work with”. 

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