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6 Irish researchers receive €9m H2020 funding

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6 Irish researchers receive €9m H2020 funding

6 Irish researchers receive €9m H2020 funding
December 07
12:36 2015

Six researchers in Irish universities are amongst 291 top class young researchers across Europe awarded a Starting Grant from Horizon 2020’s European Research Council (ERC) last Friday.

The prestigious awards to the Irish based researchers, worth a combined total of almost €9 million, will go to 3 female and 3 male researchers, two from Trinity College Dublin, and one each from University College Dublin, National University of Ireland Galway, Dublin Institute of Technology and University College Cork.

Called ‘starting grants’, they’re given out to support the building of research teams from the earliest of stages, pushing boundaries “at the frontiers of knowledge”.

The grantees between them will recruit over 30 postdoctoral fellows, PhD students and research assistants to work on the research projects with them over the next five years .

Carlos Moedas, European commissioner for research, science and innovation commented :

“We need to keep our most talented researchers in Europe while attracting the new and diverse perspectives of top researchers from elsewhere in the world. These grants ensure many of the world’s most exciting ideas are developed right here, giving researchers and scientists the freedom and security to pursue their careers and ambitions on our continent.”

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