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ERC staff overworked, warns leader

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Interim president Jean-Pierre Bourguignon says more money is needed to run the EU’s top funder

The head of the European Research Council has warned staff administering its grants are overworked and the EU’s flagship research funder desperately needs more resources to keep on an even keel.

The ERC depends on researchers to evaluate the thousands of proposals it receives every year for its highly competitive grants. But its Executive Agency carries out day-to-day administration with a workforce of over 500 people.

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