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Ex-ERC council member says conflict policy ‘not fair’

Image: European Union, 2019

Rodrigo Martins resigned after wife won an ERC grant, but says funder’s policies should change

A former member of the European Research Council’s governing board has criticised the funder’s policy on conflicts of interest, after he was forced to resign from the body due to a rule on family of members applying for ERC grants.

Rodrigo Martins (pictured), a Portuguese professor of materials science and president of the European Academy of Sciences, stepped down from the ERC’s Scientific Council in February. He told Research Professional News that he thought the ERC’s policy on conflicts of interest was “not fair”.

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