This year, three ERC Advanced grantees have been awarded Nobel Prizes. On 6 October, Prof. Edvard Moser and Prof. May-Britt Moser won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their contribution to the brain's GPS discovery (see press release). A week later, the prize in Economics went to Prof. Jean Tirole for "his analysis of market power and regulation" (read more).
The news was covered broadly by different media on a global scale, many of them acknowledging the ERC and the European Union's financial support which the researchers received to continue their work.
Nature published a profile of Edvard and May-Britt Mosers, painting a picture of passionate researchers focused on their project to solve mysteries of the human brain. The Chinese press agency Xinhua picked up European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso's congratulations to the duo and the ERC’s support to them. One of Norway's largest newspaper, Aftenposten, recognised that the ERC funding helped the Mosers perform their research.
The prize to Prof. Tirole and the comments from EU representatives were broadly covered in Spain, for example in one of the biggest Spanish newspapers, ABC. The laureate's views were presented in the pan-European news outlet Euractiv, which also quoted Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, who said: " He is the third ERC grantee to be a Nobel laureate in this year's awards. This shows that the ERC is clearly funding the best of the best - researchers who truly push the frontiers of knowledge." Horizon Magazine, a European Commission's publication, published an article giving an overview on Prof.Tirole's research.