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The Fundamental Challenge of ERC

Aurora Brief Reviews No. 06 March 26 2019

March 2019

On March 15 – an ominous date for those who know their Classics – the European Research Council has published the ERC’s 2018 Annual Report.
In the top host institutions, we find 8 UK universities, 5 Dutch, 4 Israeli and 3 Swiss – noting that in France and Germany, entities as the NCSR, Max Planck and Helmholz hide individual host universities.
The fact that there are no Aurora universities in the list may be an indication of lower top academic excellence – but may also be an indication of the focus of the ERC on curiosity-driven research over challenge-driven research. The ERC councils are still organised by discipline and are challenged to assess strong multi- or transdisciplinary proposals.

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