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20/2/2015

CRG: European Research Council grants: Good news for EU-LIFE centres, but with a bitter aftertaste

CRG: European Research Council grants: Good news for EU-LIFE centres, but with a bitter aftertaste


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EU-LIFE European research centres obtained 14 new ERC Starting and Consolidator grants in the latest competitions, which takes the total of ERC-funded grants currently running in centres belonging to the alliance to over 100. As a whole, EU-LIFE partners have a success rate of at least three times higher than the general success rate of ERC Starting and Consolidator grants (over 33% compared to an average of 10%). But this news comes with a bitter aftertaste, as the announced cuts in the Horizon 2020 budget (including ERC) due to the so-called Juncker’s plan may now jeopardise Europe’s competitiveness in future research and innovation.

“These results are good news for EU-LIFE partners. They show we are at the forefront of excellent research in Europe,” states Luis Serrano, chair of EU-LIFE and Director of the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG). “But our celebrations are dampened because we know that the announced cuts will endanger the future competitiveness of European science”.

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