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Two ERC Consolidator grants for scientists from Poland

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded 313 projects submitted by experienced scientists. This year, EUR 632 million will be allocated to the implementation of ground-breaking research. Among the awarded are two Polish researchers, including a scientist from one of the institutes of the Polish Academy of Sciences. 

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Two ERC grants went to researchers working at Polish research centers. 

  • Dr hab. Marta Bucholc from the Faculty of Sociology of the University of Warsaw for the project "Abortion Figurations – Using Human Rights to Change Abortion Law: Involvement Patterns and Argumentative Architectures in the Global Figuration of Human Rights" (Abortion Figurations) 
  • Dr. hab. Jarosław Wilczyński from the Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals of the Polish Academy of Sciences for the project "Exploring Mammoth Bone Accumulations in Central Europe" (MAMBA) 

In this latest call 2,652 applicants submitted proposals. Only 313 of them will receive funding that will help them consolidate their teams and conduct pioneering research. Winning projects will be implemented in 189 host institutions, most of which are located in Germany (61), Great Britain (41) and France (29).

"Even in times of crisis and conflict and suffering, it is our duty to keep science on track and give our brightest minds free reign to explore their ideas" commented Prof. Maria Leptin, president of the ERC.

About ERC Consolidator 

ERC Consolidator grants are aimed at excellent researchers with 7 to 12 years of experience after their PhD. Researchers should be independent and demonstrate significant scientific achievements adequate to the stage of their scientific career and the field they represent. Important publications in international peer-reviewed journals, obtained patents and awards are also taken into account during the evaluation process. 

The sole criterion for evaluation of ERC proposals is scientific excellence. It concerns both the submitted project and the scientific achievements of the main researcher (Leader). Grants may be awarded up to EUR 2 million for a period of 5 years.

The list of all projects awarded in the ERC Consolidator competition is available on the website of the European Research Council

Source of information: Polish Academy of Sciences, European Research Council