Fifty-nine UK-based researchers are to receive up to €1.5 million (£1.3m) each to set up their own research teams and pursue ground-breaking ideas under the EU’s European Research Council (ERC) latest round of starting grants. These grants come from the ‘excellent science’ pillar of Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme.

The UK is the second biggest beneficiary of this round after Germany who is hosting 61 beneficiaries.

The ERC offers three core grant schemes:

  • Starting grants encourage young talented research leaders to gain independence in Europe and to build their own careers.
  • Consolidator grants back up researchers who want to establish their research teams and continue developing a successful career in Europe.
  • Advanced grants allow outstanding research leaders to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects in Europe. The scheme targets researchers who have already established themselves as top independent research leaders.

More information about EU grants for research can be found on the website