Sat. Aug 13th, 2022

A new in-depth analysis of all research projects funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation framework programme has been made public today.

The study – “Mapping of ERC Frontier Research” – includes 30 factsheets showcasing the diversity of the funded research, emerging areas of science, new methods and interdisciplinary links between research problems addressed by ERC grantees, as well as geographic patterns in the distribution of projects across Europe. It found that a large share of the research – proposed by the researchers and supported by the ERC without thematic priorities – tackles key global challenges. Hundreds of these “bottom-up”, curiosity-driven projects advance the EU’s current policy aims in the area of climate change, health and digital transformation.

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said:

I commend the ERC Scientific Council for initiating, supporting and guiding this valuable analytical work that looks back on the funded research. Not only do we see that ERC grantees push the frontiers of knowledge, but the study also highlights that this knowledge can help us make the European Green Deal, EU4Health and other crucial initiatives a success.

Between 2014 and 2020, the ERC funded 6,707 research projects worth €13.3 billion. The factsheets also bring a number of interesting observations on the distribution of ERC-funded projects among EU member states and associated countries. For instance, whilst Germany is particularly strong in life sciences (LS) as well as physical sciences and engineering (PE). Some countries do very well in specific fields e.g. 21% of all projects in mathematics are hosted in France and 31 % of the projects hosted in Poland are in computer science and informatics.

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A new in-depth analysis of all research projects funded by the European Research Council under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation framework programme has been made public today. The study – “Mapping of ERC Frontier Research” – includes thirty factsheets showcasing the rich diversity of the funded research, emerging areas of science, new methods and interdisciplinary links between research problems addressed by ERC grantees, as well as geographic patterns in the distribution of projects across Europe.

The mapping also found that a large share of the research – proposed by the researchers and supported by the ERC without thematic priorities – tackles key global challenges. Hundreds of these “bottom-up”, curiosity-driven projects advance the EU’s current policy aims in the area of climate change, health and digital transformation.

I commend the ERC Scientific Council for initiating, supporting and guiding this …