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ERC grant winners concerned about their future in the UK

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UK institutions have won the second-largest number of Starting Grants from the European Research Council in the latest round of awards—but grantees are worried about the impact of Brexit.

A total of 64 researchers at UK institutions have been awarded grants worth up to €1.5 million (£1.37m) each over five years in the 2019 round of the scheme, the ERC announced on 3 September. Starting Grants are targeted at early-career academics with PhDs.

The University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London scooped the most grants among UK institutions, with 10, 8 and 6 respectively. The UK was beaten only by German institutions, which won 73 grants.

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