Each year, the European Research Council selects and funds the best, most creative researchers throughout Europe and beyond, providing them with long term grants that enable them to pursue large scale research projects. ERC grants are awarded through open competition to starting and established researchers, with scientific excellence being the sole criterion. The grant, which totals 1.5 million euro ($1.8 million), is considered the most prestigious science award in Europe.
20% of Zuckerman Faculty Scholars are ERC Grant Recipients
As of January 2022, six Zuckerman Faculty Scholars have received ERC Starting Grants for their innovative research, leadership, and overall excellence. Being selected for an ERC Frontier Research Grant brings a level of status and recognition that says, “Pay attention to this researcher,” an impressive achievement for the Zuckerman program’s first five years.
Israel ranks number two in the world for the total of ERC grants won by scientists
According to the ERC, between 2007 and 2021, Israel had the second-highest number of ERC grant recipients, a reflection of Israel’s continued commitment to excellence in academic research.