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Commission to fund top research chairs in less-developed regions

(17 December 2012)

Commission to fund top research chairs in less-developed regions

Grants of up to €2.4 million will be awarded to universities or research institutions in less developed regions in Europe, under a pilot programme of the European Commission. The aim of the so-called ERA Chairs initiative is to attract outstanding academics to places that want to be on the international map for top research. 

Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Regional Policy, said: "By pooling our resources in these regions, we can make sure this is a lasting and sustainable initiative. If we combine EU research funding with EU regional funds, we can provide laboratories and equipment for these academics and their teams. Supported in this way, we will close the research and innovation gap and help translate these ideas in concrete opportunities for growth."

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