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Two European grants for Maastricht

Once again many European starting grants for the Netherlands

THE NETHERLANDS/MAASTRICHT. The Netherlands has received 42 European research grants for young scientists this year. Two are for Maastricht researchers Katie Kuschminder en Olga Zvonareva.

 

These starting grants are intended for scientists with at least two and no more than seven years of work experience since obtaining their PhDs. With grants that can run up to 2.5 million euros each, researchers have the freedom to put their own research team to work.

This time the European Research Council awarded 436 grants for a total amount of 677 million euros. That is 56 million euros more than last year. The chances of success were slim as always, as only 13% of all applications were approved.

Germany emerged as the big winner of this round with 88 grants. In second place, with 62 grants, is the United Kingdom. Next in line are the Netherlands (42), France (38) and Switzerland (34).

Robots

9.6% of all starting grants were awarded to the Netherlands. The laureates will be conducting research on a very wide range of scientific topics, from robots made from soft materials to the influence of pregnancy on the human brain.

Just like last year, scientists at the University of Amsterdam received most of the grants (8) awarded to our country. Utrecht University also did well (5), followed by Leiden University (4),  Dutch Research Council institutes (4). Maastricht University received two grants.

Katie Kuschminder, assistant professor at UNU-Merit, focuses in her research on reintegration, migrant travel and migration policy. In May, Observant spoke to her for the series 'dilemmas of 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.

Furious

For years, Dutch researchers have performed remarkably well in applications for European research funding. So universities were understandably furious when they discovered before the summer holidays that the available European research budget had been cut by billions and was considerably smaller than expected. 

HOP, Evelien Flink

Translation: Taalcentrum-VU

 

Universities

 

University of Amsterdam

8

Utrecht University

5

Delft University of Technology

2

Radboud University Nijmegen

2

Leiden University

4

University of Groningen

1

Tilburg University

1

University of Twente

1

Eindhoven University of Technology

3

Wageningen University

3

Erasmus University Rotterdam

2

Maastricht University

2

Total

34

   

Institutions and university hospitals

 

University Medical Center Utrecht

1

Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences

1

Leiden University Medical Centre

1

Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology

1

Dutch Research Council institutes

4

Total

8

 

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