The EU has published the list of ERC Consolidator grants awarded in 2017. The ERC consolidator grants are designed for researchers of between 7 and 12 years of experience after completion of their PhD, who have a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal.
In total, 329 researchers were awarded such a prestigious grant and the total amount of money involved is ca € 630 million.
Of the 329 grant recipients, 60 are based in the UK, 56 in Germany, 38 in France and 25 in the Netherlands, to list the top 4 countries – which take well over 50% of the total.
Looking at ERC Consolidator grants awarded to researchers in Aurora universities, we see three grants at the University of Bergen, two at the University of Antwerp and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (medical Centre) and one each at the University Grenoble Alpes and the University of East Anglia. This constitutes to 2,7% of ERC grants awarded; according to Eurostat, Europe has 1,82 million researchers in the EU-28.