MAASTRICHT / THE NETHERLANDS. Katie Kuschminder and Olga Zvonareva from Maastricht University have both received a starting grant, a European research grant for young scientists. The Netherlands received a total of 42 this year.
The so-called starting grants are intended for academics with at least two and no more than seven years of work experience after their PhD. With the grants, which amount to 2.5 million euros each, they can create their own research team.
This time, the European Research Council awarded ERC 436 grants, for a total amount of 677 million euros. That is 56 million euros more than last year. The chance of success was, as always, small: only 13 percent of all applications were approved.
The Netherlands received 9.6 percent of all starting grants. Just like last year, most grants in our country went to scientists from the University of Amsterdam (8). Utrecht University is also doing well (5), followed by Leiden University (4) and the NWO institutes (4). Maastricht University won two.
Katie Kuschminder, assistant professor at UNU-Merit, focuses in her research on reintegration and migration policy. In May, Observant spoke to her for the series 'dilemmas regarding scientific integrity', about how to interview refugees and migrants and the problems that arise, including when giving consent and signing the form.
Olga Zvonareva works as an assistant professor at Health, Ethics and Society. She is interested in the sociology of biomedicine and public health, science and technology studies and innovation studies and bioethics.
For years, the Netherlands has performed remarkably well in applying for European research funding. It is not without reason that the universities were furious when it turned out before the holiday that billions less are being allocated to the European science budget than originally intended.
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