Two starting grants for UM researchers

Two starting grants for UM researchers

Laureates are Catalina Goanta (Law) and Hannes Rusch (School of Business and Economics)

11-01-2022 · News

EUROPE/ MAASTRICHT. The European Research Council (ERC) has today allocated 400 starting grants averaging 1.5 million euros. These include 44 for Dutch institutions. Maastricht University’s laureates are Catalina Goanta (Law) and Hannes Rusch (School of Business and Economics).

The ERC is similar to the Dutch Research Council (NWO), which funds research in the Netherlands. Researchers can submit proposals, then committees make a selection and allocate the funds. The starting grants are for researchers who obtained their PhD no more than seven years ago.

Germany is way ahead in the country ranking, with 72 grants. Then come France, Great Britain and the Netherlands with 53, 46 and 44 respectively.
In Maastricht, Catalina Goanta and Hannes Rusch were awarded. Goanta is an assistant professor in private law and will spend the grant on the project ‘Human Ads: Towards fair advertising in content monetization on social media’. She focuses on the world of influencers and advertisements on social media. Goanta tries to build a new theory of fair advertising in EU consumer law, as the ERC states on their website, and aims at better understanding the activities of influencers, their business models and practices as well as business interests across different social media platforms. Goanta will take her grant to Utrecht University, where she will start working in February.

Hannes Rusch, assistant professor at the School of Business and Economics, focuses mainly on behavioral economics, experimental economics and game theory. He invests the subsidy from the ERC in the project ‘Determinants and dynamics of collaborative exploitation’.

Overall, fewer than ten percent of the applicants obtained a grant. A criticism of this type of grant is that a great deal of time and effort is wasted when so many researchers miss out.

Another problem is that the support base for European grants is eroded if the leading countries invariably get the funds and other countries lose out. It is reasonable to assume that researchers from other countries have just as much talent as researchers from the most successful countries.

Therefore there ought to be more international cooperation, the Dutch ERC Vice President Eveline Crone said last May. Researchers from the whole of Europe can then learn from their colleagues in countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain and France.

HOP, Bas Belleman/WD
Translation: Taalcentrum-VU


Author: Redactie

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