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EU: Seven Greek researchers in the funding program – Who are they?


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The European Research Council (ERC) selected 408 scientists, who joined the Starting Grant program as emerging scientific talents

Seven Greek researchers – four who are active mainly in Greece and three abroad – are among the 408 who, as announced by the European Research Council (ERC)were selected to be funded with a Starting Grant as emerging scientific talents.

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The total funding of €636 million, which will be provided through the Horizon Europe programme, will help the 408 young scientists – who have two to seven years of research experience after their PhD – to start their own research projects, forming their own scientific groups.

Grants are mainly directed to researchers in Germany (81 new research projects), Britain (70), the Netherlands (40) and France (39). In terms of nationality, the German researchers (70), the Italians (41), the Israelis (30) and the Dutch (28) stand out. In total, nearly 3,000 research proposals were submitted for funding. The grants are expected to create more than 2,000 postdoctoral, doctoral and other researcher positions.

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From the Greek side, Grigorios Fournodaulos (assistant professor of the Department of Mathematics, University of Crete), Emmanuel Froudarakis (researcher at the Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, ITE in Crete), Anastasios Kostopoulos (researcher at the Institute of Mediterranean Studies, ITE in Crete), Kostas Pallikaras (EKPA), George Gatzelis (German Julich Research Center and Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Patras), Vasilios Kokkoris (assistant professor of the Free University of Amsterdam – graduate of the Agricultural University of Athens) and Antonis Kalogeropoulos (University of Liverpool – graduate of the Department of Communication and Media, EKPA).

The ERC, created by European Union in 2007, it is the main European funding arm of cutting-edge research through four types of grants: Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants, Advanced Grants and Synergy Grants. The President of the ERC from November 2021 is the German biologist Maria Leptin. The ERC budget for the period 2021-2027 exceeds 16 billion euros.

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