The European Research Council (ERC) has selected 287 top scientists in its sixth Starting Grant competition. Starting grants aim to support young investigators who are about to establish a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. In 2013, 6 of these grants are for catalan research groups. According to number of grants per million inhabitants, Catalonia is in the 9th position of 19 countries, while Spain without Catalonia (8 grants) is in the 16th position. Grants worth up to €2 million each, and cover a wide range of topics, in the areas of Physical Sciences and engineering, Life sciences and Social sciences and Humanities.
Nº of starting grants per million inhabitants in european countries.
Legend: Austria AT; Belguim BE; Catalonia CAT; Switzerland; Cyprus CY;Germany DE; Spain ES; Spain (without Catalonia) ES-CAT; Finland FI; France FR; Coatia HR; Hungary HU; Ireland IE; Italy IT; Netherland NL; Norway NO; Poland PL; Portugal PT;Sweden SE; Turkey TR; United Kingdom UK.
Source: the author, based on European research Council and Eurostat data.