The European Research Council announced on 10 December the 301 top scientists and scholars, winners of its latest Consolidator Grant competition.

The funding, worth in total €600 million, is part of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. About 12% of the 2,453 research proposals will be funded.

“The EU’s investment in frontier research is an investment in our future, which is why it is so important that we reach an agreement on an ambitious Horizon Europe budget for the next multiannual budget. More available research funding would also allow us to create more opportunities everywhere in the EU – excellence should not be a question of geography.”, reminded Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for innovation, research, culture, education and youth.

Germany is the country with the most received grants, 52, followed by UK with 50, France with 43 and the Netherlands with 32. The projects cover a wide range of topics in physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, as well as social sciences and humanities.

“As I bid farewell to an organisation that will always remain close to my heart, I am once more highly impressed when I see this latest set of grantees funded by the European Research Council. That the ERC empowers them makes me proud to be European”, said ERC President Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, whose mandate ends this month.