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The European Research Council — a new opportunity for European science


The long-awaited European Research Council (ERC), which receives money from the research budget of the European Union and will finance fundamental science for Europe's scientists, has finally been established. With a focus on excellence, calls for both young and experienced scientists and an average budget of €1 billion per year, the ERC will have the opportunity to give basic research in Europe a significant boost.

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Figure 1: Governance of the European Research Council.


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Heldin, CH. The European Research Council — a new opportunity for European science. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol 9, 417–420 (2008).

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