February 08, 2018
ERC Grants & the Catalan Research System: a Success Story
From 2000 on, Catalonia has developed its own research system mainly based on an agency dedicated to attract talents (ICREA) and a network of 40 research centres (CERCA).
For instance, 5 of these CERCA centres are set up on the UAB university campus, main partner of the Barcelona Synchrotron Park: ICN2 (Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology), IFAE (Institute for High Energy Physics), CRAG (Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics), CVC (Computer Vision Centre) and ICP (Catalan Institute of Palaeontology).
The number of researchers awarded by the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) that has been allocating for 10 years very selective grants in the European Research Area (the 28 UE countries plus 12 associated countries) is a parameter, among others, to measure the quality of a European research system.
The occasion of this 10th anniversary has provided the Catalan AGAUR agency with the opportunity to analyse the results of all the ERC calls launched during the last decade (Fact Sheet ERC – Catalunya, in Catalan): 10 ERC Starting Grants calls, 5 ERC Consolidator Grants, 9 ERC Advanced Grants, 7 ERC Proof of Concept and 2 ERC Synergy Grants.
During this period of time, Catalonia has received 269 grants representing 52% of the Spanish awards. With 36 grants per million inhabitants, Catalonia ranks after Switzerland (72), Israel (61) and the Netherlands (46) and before Denmark (31), the United Kingdom (28), Germany (16) or France (16), among others.


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