The Greek researchers who received funding from the European Research Council are Alkistis Bonanou (National Observatory of Athens), Marinos Sariyiannis ( Foundation for Research and Technology-ITE), Kostas Tassis (ITE), Lambros Malafouris (Oxford University), Kostas Panayiotou (Munich University), Maria Rentetzi (Vienna Universtiy) and Ilias Papaioannou (London Business School)
ERC announced that the total amount of funds available for this new phase of the Consolidator Grants will be 630 million euros. In all, 2,538 proposals were submitted and 13% were selected. One in three grants (32%) were awarded to women. It is expected that some 2,000 new positions for doctorate and post-doctorate researchers and support staff will be created.
The majority of the research grant-holders are from Britain (60), Germany (56), France (38) and Holland (25). The research projects cover a wide range of topics in the Physical and Engineering Sciences, Life Sciences and Social Sciences and Humanities.
The consolidator grants, which are considered to be highly competitive, are awarded to outstanding researchers, regardless of nationality and age, who have 7-12 years of experience since completion of their PhD and show great promise.
A researcher may be awarded up to two million euro. The National Observatory of Athens has already announced that the researcher Alkistis Bonanou will be awarded 1.1 m. euro for a five-year period to carry out research into understanding the most massive stars in the early universe.
ERC, which was created by the European Union in 2007, is the main European funding organisation for cutting-edge research. Every year it selects and funds the most creative researchers, whatever their nationality and age, to implement projects in Europe.
It also provides Starting Grants for young researchers, Advanced Grants for the leading scientists and, from this year, it is awarding Synergy Grants for joint projects.
To date, the European Research Council has funded more than 7,500 researchers at different stages of their careers, as well as over 50,000 doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. ERC has a budget of 1.8 billion euro for 2017, which corresponds to about 1% of the total expenditure on research in the EU. For 2014-2020, its budget will be over 13 billion euro.