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.