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A voice for reason

The European Research Council is right to help its scientists speak up

When the European Research Council was launched in 2007, member states were wary of its role. Many high-level policymakers, including several research ministers, saw the ERC as a second-tier funder for those who had failed to obtain grants for individual projects in their home countries.

How wrong they were. In little more than a decade, the EU-funded ERC has established itself as one of the leading science funders worldwide, with a reputation rivalling that of the traditional, prestigious science funders such as the French CNRS and Germany’s DeutscheForschungsgemeinschaft.

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