European Commission revealed that the European Research Council (ERC) has announced the 302 winners of its 2015 Consolidator Grant competition.
These excellent mid-career scientists are awarded a total of 585 million euros ($660 million) as part of the European Union (EU) research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, Xinhua reported.
With grants worth up to 2.0 million euros ($2.26 million) each, they would be able to consolidate their research teams and to develop their innovative ideas, said the ERC.
The researchers selected would be able to develop a new method to control insects transmitting diseases such as the Zika virus, build ultra-thin portable fuel cells or investigate the effectiveness of political apologies across cultures, for example, said the ERC.
Moreover, they are likely to employ more than 2,100 post-docs, PhD students and other research team members. In particular, the share of female grantees in this call was 31 percent, a further increase from the Consolidator Grant competitions in 2014 and 2013.