Netherlands wins 27 European advanced grants

Only two other countries managed to secure more grants

29-04-2022 · News

THE NETHERLANDS. The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded 27 advanced grants of up to 2.5 million euros to researchers from Dutch knowledge institutions. This funding will allow them to do groundbreaking research for the next five years.

Each year, the ERC distributes grants to young researchers (starting grants of 1.5 million euros), experienced researchers (consolidator grants of 2 million euros) and top researchers (advanced grants of 2.5 million euros).

The grants are similar to the Veni, Vidi and Vici subsidies in the Dutch Research Council’s talent programme. Thanks to their experience in applying for these national grants, Dutch institutions tend to be successful at winning their European counterparts.

Germany and the UK

Only two other countries managed to secure more advanced grants this round: Germany was awarded 61 grants, while the UK won 45. France almost tied with the Netherlands (26) and significantly outperformed Italy (15) and Spain (14).

Foreign nationals working in the Netherlands can also win ERC grants on behalf of Dutch institutions, and Dutch researchers can do the same abroad. Ranked by nationality, the Dutch are in fourth place with 26 awards, behind the Germans (58), British (29) and Italians (27).

There was strong competition for the grants: 1,735 applications were received, 253 of which were ultimately approved. This means the average success rate was 14.6 percent. Overall, one in four winners were female; of the 27 winners in the Netherlands, seven were women. A total of 625 million euros was awarded this round.

Brexit

As a result of Brexit, the grants for UK institutions are still pending. There is a treaty in place that allows for UK participation in the European research programme, but it still needs to be worked out in more detail.

If this does not happen in time, UK researchers have two options: they can either turn down their advanced grant, or they can take it with them to a research institution in a country that does participate in the European research programme. Should they choose the first option, other researchers who initially missed out could be awarded an advanced grant after all.

While some countries are successful at applying for European research funds, others rarely win. The unequal distribution of research funding is a political issue for the EU: while Brussels is keen to invest in research and innovation, some member states rarely, if ever, receive grants and would benefit more from farming subsidies, for example. The result is a tug-of-war between academia and agriculture.

No smarter

“Scientists are no smarter in one country than in another”, said Dutch professor and ERC vice president Eveline Crone last year. With exchange programmes, the ERC is trying to break the pattern in which the more experienced countries always come out on top in the battle for grants.


HOP, Bas Belleman
Translation: Taalcentrum-VU


List of winners from Dutch institutions

BIERMA -ZEINSTRA

Sita Ma

Erasmus MC

MARTENS

John

Erasmus MC

PEEPER

Daniel

Het Nederlands Kanker Instituut

VAN STEENSEL

Bas

Het Nederlands Kanker Instituut

HIIRAGI

Takashi

KNAW

ROELFSEMA

Pieter

KNAW

VAN
OUDENAARDEN

Alexander

KNAW

VAN SOMEREN

Eus JW

KNAW

YAZDANBAKHSH

Maria

LUMC Leiden

COOLS

Roshan

Radboud MC

FRIEDL

Peter

Radboud MC

TONI

Ivan

Radboud Universiteit

LOI

Maria Antonietta

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

MARRINK

Siewert

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

VAN WEES

Bart Jan

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

VAN SLIEDREGT

Elies

Tilburg University

HOLLMANN

Frank

TU Delft

STALLINGA

Sjoerd

TU Delft

BOUTEN

Carlijn

TU Eindhoven

HEEMELS

Maurice

TU Eindhoven

BISSCHOP

Peter

Universiteit Leiden

HOEKSTRA

Hendrik

Universiteit Leiden

VAN WEZEL

Gilles

Universiteit Leiden

DIJKSTRA

Henk

Universiteit Utrecht

M'CHAREK

Amade

UvA Amsterdam

VAN DER MAAS

Han

UvA Amsterdam

HARDON

Anita

Wageningen Universiteit

Netherlands wins 27 European advanced grants
Author: Redactie
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