Catalunya is in the 2nd position of the Member States with 133 ERC grants in H2020
The European Research Council (ERC) funds excellent researchers for groundbreaking and high risk projects contributing to advance beyond the frontiers of knowledge. The ERC grants are open to researchers of any nationality who wish to carry out their research in an European institution and spend a minimum of 50% of their total work time in Europe.
The projects funded by the ERC are high risk but also have gain and they’ve a real impact on society. The bibliometric analysis of the scientific publications generated by the projects concludes that ¾ parts of the projects evaluated become scientific advances (Qualitative Evaluation of Completed Projects funded by the European Research Council (2016)
Since 2007 the ERC Executive Agency (ERCEA) has evaluated more than 65.000 proposals and has funded over 7.000 projects after following a rigorous evaluation process solely based on excellence without predetermined priorities.
269 excellent researchers from institutions from the Catalan research System get one of the prestigious ERC grants for approximately 400 million euros, representing the 3.2% of the European Research Area in number of FP7 and H2020 ERC grants. Of the total, 99 are Starting grants, 58 Consolidator grants, 60 Advanced grants, 50 Proof of Concept and 2 Synergy grants. See the data in the Fact-sheet ERC: Catalonia participation data.
The total number of 7PM and H2020 ERC grants represents 3.2% of the European Research Area. By type of grant, the Proof of Concept grants, represent 7.5% and Consolidator Grants, 3.6% of the ERA, stand out in both cases above the European average (remember that the Catalan population represents 1.5% of the ERA).
Catalan projects in Social Sciences and Humanities (SH) are above the European average (20%): in the Starting Grants grants represent 28%, in Consolidator Grants 26% and in the Advanced Grants 33%.
Regarding the leadership of the projects, Catalonia, with 20%, is below the European average, which is 23% (Gender Statistics 2007-2016, December 2016). The projects led by women are significantly lower at the Advanced Grants, passing from 20% for the Starting Grants to 29% for the Grants for Consolidators, to the 10%.
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