14 Israeli reasearchers are among the 302 winning researchers of the annual 2015 Consolidator Grant competition. This puts Israel in seventh place overall.
Set up in 2007 by the European Commission, the ERC is the first European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. It is considered the ‘’Champions’ League of science’’ as every year it selects and funds the very best individual scientists to run five-year projects in Europe.
Competitions are open to researchers of any nationality, age or scientific area, including Humanities and Social Sciences, hosted in a university or research centre based in the EU or in one of the countries associated to ‘Horizon 2020′.
Israel is one of the few non-EU member to be fully associated to Horizon 2020, the the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).
Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness.
The total funding for the winning Israeli researchers in the ERC’s Consolidator Grant competition is approximately 28 million euros.
Six of the Israeli researchers come from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 4 from the Weizmann Institute of Science, 2 from Tel Aviv University, 1 from the Technion and 1 from Bar Ilan University.
With grants worth up to €2 million each, they will now be able to consolidate their research teams and to develop their innovative ideas.