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EU-finansiering hjälper till att överbrygga klyftan mellan "blå himmel"-forskning och marknad

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blue_sky_by_urimland‘Blue sky’ basic science is focused on advancing knowledge, but it can sometimes generate unexpected applications. That is why the European Research Council (ERC) provides top-up funding, ‘Proof of Concept’, for its grant holders to bring their pioneering work closer to market. The final results of the latest grant competition for this funding were announced today: a total of 67 leading researchers, who already hold ERC grants, have received up to €150,000 each. The projects cover everything from an exploration of the molecular foundations of psychiatric disorders to technological innovations that could help rescue skiers caught in avalanches, or measure extreme waves (more information on projects här.).

Forsknings-, innovations- och vetenskapskommissionär Máire Geoghegan-Quinn sa: "Den finansiering som tillkännages idag kommer att hjälpa till att omvandla idéer till innovation. ERC Proof of Concept-anslag uppmuntrar en ny typ av tänkande bland forskare och stödjer dem att få ut det mesta av sin forskning om blå himmel. Detta tänkesätt kommer att hjälpa europeisk återhämtning och förbättra vår livskvalitet.”

Proof of Concept-finansieringen kan täcka aktiviteter som syftar till kommersiella och samhälleliga tillämpningar, som att etablera immateriella rättigheter, undersöka kommersiella och affärsmöjligheter eller teknisk validering.

I denna utlysning har nu totalt 67 bidrag delats ut, varav de 34 slutliga offentliggjordes idag -de första 33 bidragen utlystes i september 2013-. I denna andra finansieringsomgång går anslagen till forskare i 13 länder i det europeiska forskningsområdet: Nederländerna (5), Tyskland (4), Storbritannien (4), Irland (3), Israel (3), Spanien (3), Schweiz (3), Belgien (2), Frankrike (2), Sverige (2), Danmark (1), Finland (1) och Italien (1). Bland vinnarna finns professor Ada Yonath, nobelpristagare i kemi (2009), som sedan 2012 har arbetat med ett projekt finansierat genom ett ERC Advanced Grant.

A total of 147 proposals were submitted to this second round of the call. The budget of the entire call is €10 million, of which nearly €5m is earmarked for this second round. The next call for proposals – ‘Proof of Concept’ 2014 – is currently open (to ERC grant holders) with a first deadline on 1 April 2014.

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The European Research Council launched the ‘Proof of Concept’ funding initiative in March 2011 to contribute to stimulating innovation. A single grant can be worth up to €150,000. The call is open to all Principal Investigators benefitting from an on-going ERC grant or a grant that ended less than twelve months before the publication date of the call. The funding is for up to 18 months per project.

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Set up in 2007 by the EU, the European Research Council is the first pan-European funding organisation for frontier research. It aims to stimulate scientific excellence in Europe by encouraging competition for funding between the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age. The ERC also strives to attract top researchers from anywhere in the world to come to Europe. The ERC operates according to an ‘investigator-driven’ or ‘bottom-up’, approach, allowing researchers to identify new opportunities in any field of research. Since its launch, the ERC has funded over 4,500 frontier research projects throughout Europe and has become a ‘benchmark’ for excellent research.

From 2007 to 2013, as part of the seventh EU Research Framework Programme (FP7), the ERC’s budget was €7.5 billion. Under the new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020), Horizon 2020, the ERC has a substantially increased budget of over €13 billion.

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