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Published on 14-01-14

Is it easier to save when you are young or when one gets older? How does our perception of savings as insurance against risk change with age? Is it affected by the existence or lack of public guarantees like social security or health insurance? Professor Maria Cristina de Nardi of University College London will explore these questions in depth thanks to an EU research grant.

    Professor Maria Cristina de Nardi

    Professor Maria Cristina de Nardi

    Her grant is one of 62 successful applications from researchers based in UK institutions which rank Britain as the top recipient of this new funding aimed at supporting researchers in the middle of their career. The grants also aim to help them establish their own teams. Top researchers from any nationality with 7 to 12 years' experience after their PhD are eligible as long as they profess solid scientific track record and are based or willing to move to Europe.

    Other successful projects under this competition focus on: a geochemical clock that can predict volcanic eruptions, the effects of dark matter and dark energy on gravitational theory, the responsibility of intelligent machines and how genetic and environmental factors affect brain wiring in the embryo.

    The grants are awarded via calls for proposals published annually. Updated information on the upcoming calls is available here

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