ANUCES Executive Director Professor Jacqueline Lo, together with ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt and representatives from the Delegation of the European Union to Australia, met with the President of the European Research Council to discuss the recent funding announcement for Australian scientists.
Below is an excerpt from a news article about the new funding, as published on Scitech Europa website, 25 September 2018. View the full article at https://www.scitecheuropa.eu/australian-scientists/89378/
The European Research Council has opened up funding which Australian scientists can apply for as part of international teams.
Alongside opening up funding for Australian scientists, the European Research Council is also negotiating to make Australia an associated nation for EU research. If this is successful it will open up even more opportunities for Australian scientists to collaborate on global research.
The European Research Council is a flagship component of the Horizon 2020 project and encourages high-quality European research by providing competitive funding for innovative projects.
According to the European Research council, “The ERC aims to:
•Support the best of the best in Europe across all fields of science, scholarship and engineering
•Promote wholly investigator-driven, or ‘bottom-up’ frontier research
•Encourage the work of the established and next generation of independent top research leaders in Europe
•Reward innovative proposals by placing emphasis on the quality of the idea rather than the research area
•Raise the status and visibility of European frontier research and the very best researchers of today and tomorrow”
The European Research Council has agreed to fund over 8,000 research projects throughout the EU member states and associated countries since 2007, and represents 17% of the overall Horizon 2020 budget. More than 70% of European Research Council funded projects made scientific breakthroughs or major advances, according to an independent study. More than 70% of European Research Council funded projects made scientific breakthroughs or major advances, according to an independent study.