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ERC Advanced Grants: 302 top researchers awarded €680 million in EU funding

European Commission - MEMO/13/19   22/01/2013

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European Commission

MEMO

Brussels, 22 January 2013

ERC Advanced Grants: 302 top researchers awarded €680 million in EU funding

The European Research Council (ERC) is awarding €680 million to 302 senior research leaders in 24 different countries across Europe, in the latest competition for its prestigious 'Advanced Grants'. With up to €2.5 million per project, the funding allows these scientists to pursue their most ground-breaking ideas at the frontiers of knowledge together with their own teams.

List of all selected researchers by country of host institution (in alphabetical order within each country group):

http://erc.europa.eu/sites/default/files/document/file/erc_2012_adg_results_all_domains.pdf

Some examples of ERC projects selected for funding in this call

The STRATEMOTIONS project aims to develop an analysis of the interactions that exist between economic agents, who like any other human beings, are affected by emotions such as anger, anxiety or guilt. The idea is to establish new patterns of behaviours and discover how economic agents form and change their beliefs about their environment and about each other, by adding emotional and psychological features to the existing methodologies.

(Pierpaolo Battigalli, Bocconi University, Italy)

Due to their very high pH values and salt concentrations soda lakes are supposed to be hostile environments, but in reality they are populated by a large variety of bacteria. The goal of the PARASOL project is to obtain a better understanding of the diversity, physiology and ecological niche of sulphur bacteria in soda lakes, and the molecular mechanisms by which they adapt to extreme conditions. Apart from this, the results of the project can be used to improve the sustainable removal of noxious sulphur compounds from wastewater and off-gases, which is essential for a clean and healthy environment.

(Gerard Muijzer, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

The LOCATE project will investigate the hunting dynamics of free-ranging wild predators and prey on the African savannah using state-of-the art tracking and motion sensing technology. The research team will also study how the terrain and vegetation affect ranging and hunting. The results from this work will provide new insights into the physiology and behaviour of wild animals as well as into environmental changes due to global warming and seasonal floods affecting their habitat.

(Alan Wilson, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK)

Bringing together computer sciences, physics and mathematics, the MQC project aims at addressing the advantages and limits of quantum devices. To that end, the research group will create new quantum algorithms and will establish the lower bound on quantum computing devices. They also envisage exploring the link between quantum information processing, physics and mathematics.

(Andris Ambainis, University of Latvia, Latvia)

Many-body physics aims at the description and understanding of the properties of systems made of a large number of interacting particles (e.g. electrons). The current methods to study many-body problems are limited. The goal of the SEED project is to develop new theoretical and numerical approaches to analyze and predict the effect of interactions among electrons on the properties of materials. The results will provide a better understanding of condensed matter with strong electron correlations, enabling the optimization of materials, and maybe the discovery of novel physical effects.

(Lucia Reining, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France)

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