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Council urges action to up ERC success

Sweden must take measures to encourage more researchers in the country to apply to the European Research Council, a report has found.

The proportion of ERC grants awarded to researchers based in Sweden is slightly lower than the EU average, the report, conducted by the Swedish Research Council and published on 25 August, said. The share of female applicants is also lower than the male share.

“There are unexplained gender differences, such as female researchers submitting fewer applications than their male colleagues. We fear that it means that important skills are not taken advantage of,” said Marianne Hall, a senior analyst at the Swedish Research Council. 

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