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France tops latest ERC Proof of Concept round


Country bags 12 of 90 awards, ahead of Germany and UK

Researchers at institutions in France have been awarded the most grants under the European Research Council’s latest Proof of Concept call, bagging 12 out of the 90.

The prestigious €150,000 grants, which became available again in 2022 after a hiatus the previous year, are designed to help researchers bring basic research ideas to application. They are open to researchers who have previously been awarded grants from the ERC for “frontier” research.

In the allocations announced by the ERC on 24 January, researchers in Germany won 10 awards, researchers in the UK won nine and researchers in Israel and Spain each won eight.

The allocation was one of several for the Proof of Concept scheme in 2022, bringing the total number of awards for the year to 366.

ERC president Maria Leptin said: “We need to keep investing in such research: it truly feeds commercial or social innovation. Europe needs more of it!”