The European Research Council has announced the winners of its latest round of Advanced Grants, worth €590 million (US$793 million).
The ERC, funded by the European Commission under the Framework 7 research programme, has awarded grants of up to €3.5 million to 266 leading researchers from around the world to work in European universities. In this round, the third for Advanced Grants since the ERC was launched in 2007, the grants went to researchers from 26 different countries.
The United Kingdom, Germany and France led in terms of numbers of researchers, and in the destinations of winners. The distribution of grants was 46% in physical sciences and engineering, 37% in life sciences and 17% in social sciences and humanities. Overall, just 9% of grantees were women.
UPDDATE 24/1/11: The European Research Council has informed us that 13.4% of applicants for Advanced Grants in this call were women.