Researchers from ETH Zurich have never before been able to win so many ERC Consolidator Grants in one round as they managed to this time. The high success rate is also impressive: Of a total of 18 entries, two thirds advanced to the second round. And of these, 11 earned the highest rating, an “A” score (61.1%), and 10 were ultimately approved. This corresponds to a 55.5 percent success rate. The average success rate for Consolidator Grants had previously been just under 38 percent.
Each of these grants is endowed with 2.4 million francs (2 million euros) on average, so ETH Zurich can expect to receive about 24 million francs in ERC funding from this round. The funds go to researchers in the fields of chemistry, computer science, mathematics, mechanical and process engineering, electrical engineering and quantum and particle physics (for details on the projects, please see the short portraits).
Support is effective
“This success rate is exceptional in European comparison,” enthuses Detlef Günther, Vice President for Research and Corporate Relations at ETH Zurich. “It attests to the quality of the researchers working at ETH as well as the good work done by the EU GrantsAccess unit of ETH and the University of Zurich.”
EU GrantsAccess supports and advises researchers concerning applications for European funding. “I can only continue to encourage our talented researchers at all levels to also apply for ERC grants,” adds Günther. “With such a grant they are able to realise projects that otherwise couldn’t be sponsored. In addition, it increases international visibility.”
Major grants and minor grants
Eleni Chatzi, Professor of Structural Mechanics, has also successfully applied for a European grant. In September, she received a Proof of Concept Grant. This will allow her to implement feasibility studies and business plans for earlier ideas. The PoC Grant is endowed with about 130,000 francs.