EU funding to help 'blue sky' research to market
New EU funding announced today will provide grants, worth €150,000 each, for top-level researchers to bridge the gap between their work and marketable innovation. The European Research Council (ERC) has today published the outcome of the latest round of its top-up funding scheme Proof of Concept. A total of 60 grants have now been awarded to researchers who are already ERC grantees, with the 27 latest announced today.
Projects cover a wide range of topics, such as innovative drug therapies and new biomaterials, greener and cheaper industrial chemical substances, as well as a more inclusive approach for building accessibility. Proof of Concept funding can cover activities related to, for instance, intellectual property rights, investigation of commercial and business opportunities or technical validation.