Figures from ERC’s First Call – From a Nordic Perspective

06.11.2007
The European Research Council (ERC) has published statistics from the first stage of its first call ”Starting Independent Researcher Grant”. We present some interesting Nordic figures from the report, and the complete statistics can be downloaded here.
Starting Independent Researcher Grant
ERC Starting Grants aim to support young, up-and-coming researchers who are about to establish or consolidate an independent research team or who will start conducting independent research in Europe. The scheme targets young researchers from all scientific disciplines who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. The closing date for applications was 25 April 2007. The ERC received 9 167 applications, 8 794 of these were eligible. All the five Nordic countries were represented (by principal investigators) among the eligible applications.

Sweden is in the lead when counting the number of evaluated proposals per million inhabitants. Finland is number three and Denmark number five of a total of 32 countries represented among the 8 794 eligible proposals. Norway and Iceland are number 12 and 16 with less than half the number of evaluated proposals per million inhabitants, compared to Sweden.

The selected proposals
559 of the 8 794 evaluated proposals were selected at the first stage. 20 countries are represented as countries of host institutions among the selected applications. Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway are among the top ten countries when counting number of selected applications per million inhabitants. But Cyprus, which tops the statistics, is represented by more than twice as many selected applications (per million inhabitants) than Finland or Sweden (the leading Nordic countries).

The Nordic countries lose ground when counting selected proposals per thousand researchers. Cyprus stands out and takes a strong lead here as well. Sweden is number 10, while Finland, Norway and Denmark are number 12, 14 and 15.

Downlaod the statistics here.

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