Illustratie erc bij lancering aanvragen starting grants

Once again many European starting grants for Utrecht University

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The Netherlands has received 42 European research grants for young scientists this year. Only Germany and the United Kingdom were able to obtain more. Utrecht University got six grants (including one for UMC Utrecht)

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These starting grants are intended for scientists with at least two and no more than seven years of work experience since obtaining their PhDs. With grants that can run up to 2.5 million euros each, researchers have the freedom to put their own research team to work.

This time the European Research Council awarded 436 grants for a total amount of 677 million euros. That is 56 million euros more than last year. The chances of success were slim as always, as only 13 percent of all applications were approved.

Germany emerged as the big winner of this round with 88 grants. In second place, with 62 grants, is the United Kingdom. Next in line are the Netherlands (42), France (38) and Switzerland (34).

Robots
9.6 Percent of all starting grants were awarded to the Netherlands. The laureates will be conducting research on a very wide range of scientific topics, from robots made from soft materials to the influence of pregnancy on the human brain.

Just like last year (in Dutch, ed.), scientists at the University of Amsterdam received most of the grants (8) awarded to our country. Utrecht University also did well (5), followed by Leiden University (4) and Dutch Research Council institutes (4).

Winners in Utrecht
No less than three of the Utrecht winners are from the faculty of Geosciences. These are Yanliu Lin, James Patterson and Rayhyun Kim. The latter two work mainly in the field of climate science and climate policy. Cell biologist Ginny Farias Galdemes and mathematician Gijs Heuts are the prize-winners of the Science Faculty. Riccardo Levato is affiliated with the Utrecht University Medical Center and specializes in bioprint. There is also a scholarship for Helmuth Gehart of the Princess Maxima Centre for Paediatric Oncology. This national research center is indirectly connected to the UU.

Furious
For years, Dutch researchers have performed remarkably well (in Dutch, ed.) in applications for European research funding. So universities were understandably furious when they discovered before the summer holidays that the available European research budget had been cut by billions and was considerably smaller than expected. 

Universities

 

University of Amsterdam

8

Utrecht University

5

Delft University of Technology

2

Radboud University Nijmegen

2

Leiden University

4

University of Groningen

1

Tilburg University

1

University of Twente

1

Eindhoven University of Technology

3

Wageningen University

3

Erasmus University Rotterdam

2

Maastricht University

2

Total

34

  

Institutions and university hospitals

 

University Medical Center Utrecht

1

Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences

1

Leiden University Medical Centre

1

Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology

1

Dutch Research Council institutes

4

Total

8

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