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European grant for UM neuroscientist

European grant for UM neuroscientist

MAASTRICHT/NETHERLANDS. UM neuroscientist Federico de Martino has managed to obtain one of the 29 consolidator grants, which were allocated to the Netherlands by the European Research Council (ERC). With about 2 million euro each, our country comes in after Germany, the United Kingdom and France, just like last year.

De Martino is going to carry out research into ‘contextual listening’. How can we determine what we are hearing, if we only hear fragments? We manage partly because we expect certain sounds in a specific context. With the help of advanced technology, De Martino wants to take a closer look at these expectations in order to find out how they affect the processing of sound in the brain.

The ERC shared out a total of 655 million euro this year. In the Netherlands, VU Amsterdam takes the lead with four grants. Leiden University and TU Delft also did well, with three grants each.

The grants are meant for scientists who have between seven and twelve years work experience. With the money, they can put their own research team to work for a maximum of five years.

Germany and the United Kingdom share first place, each with fifty consolidator grants. France managed to reel in 34 grants. After that comes the tiny Netherlands with 29 awards. 

This year, 2,506 scientists took a shot at getting a grant. Of all applications, 13 per cent was honoured. Female scientists were just above that average and men were just under, successful applications of 14.5 and 12.6 per cent, respectively. A total of 37 per cent of all grants went to female scientists – a record, said the ERC. 

HOP, MT

 

Consolidator grants per institute 

 

Institute 

Awards 

VU Amsterdam

4

Leiden University

3

TU Delft 

3

Radboud University Nijmegen 

2

Eindhoven University of Technology

2

Erasmus University

2

Wageningen University & Research

2

KNAW

2

University of Amsterdam 

1

Maastricht University 

1

UMC Utrecht

1

Amsterdam UMC, AMC location

1

University of Twente 

1

IMEC

1

Amsterdam UMC, VUMC location

1

LUMC

1

UMC Groningen

1

Total

29

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