The European Research Council (ERC) is an EU-organ designed to support basic research within Europe. The first round of applications for the ERC was carried through last year, and in this round the grants were limited to young, promising scientists. At that time 9167 applications were received, which means that each panel dealt with about 450 applications on the average. At that time about 335 million Euro was granted about 2700 million NOK. Now a second round of applications and evaluations has been started.
Only one Norwegian project - from Stefan Leutgeb's group at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience and Centre for the Biology of Memory at at NTNU in Trondheim - was granted support in the first round. More information (in Norwegian)
In the previous round, there was one panel chair from Norway and Erik Boye has recently been appointed to chair one of the nine panels for the second round. Harald Stenmark from the Department of Biochemistry is a member of another Life Science panel in the ERC.
Previous news from the Boye group, from 2007:
Large FUGE grant to Erik Boye's group
A novel mechanism of growth regulation has been discovered (publication in Genes&Development)