Israel in top three countries to receive most European Research Council grants

 Thirty-two young Israeli researchers have received grants worth up to €2 million each from the European Research Council (ERC). The research topics ranged from developing molecular imaging probes for MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) for cancer through mutational and functional analysis of the melanoma genome to exact results in quantum field theory. The ERC grants form part of the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.

The Weizmann Institute of Science led the list with 10 grants, followed by the Hebrew University which received eight. Other Israeli institutions receiving grants were Tel Aviv University, Bar Ilan University, the Technion, Ben Gurion University, the Hadassah Medical Centre, and the Interdisciplinary Centre (Herzliya).
Last week, the European Research Council announced the selection of 287 top scientists from around the world in its sixth Starting Grant competition. The grants to the Israeli researchers placed Israel in the third place in the total number of grants received after the United Kingdom and Germany. As of the end of June 2013, ERC grants made up almost 44% of the €636.89 million FP7 funding awarded to Israeli research institutions and companies. 

Set up in 2007 by the EU, the European Research Council aims to stimulate scientific excellence by encouraging competition for funding between the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age.
(EU Neighbourhood Info)
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EU Neighbourhood Info Centre press pack - Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Partner Countries: towards a Common Knowledge and Innovation Space 
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