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Unlocking digital growth potential and designing digital governance systems that put people first are major objectives of the European Union’s digital strategy.
While ERC projects are selected for funding without pre-determined thematic or policy priorities, the research undertaken by ERC grantees often lead to innovative digital solutions.
- 757 projects contribute to policy areas of a Europe fit for the digital age for a total of € 1.4 billion
- 771 researchers and their teams are located in 22 EU Member States and 4 Associated countries and 2 non-EU/ACs
The analysis focused on eight research areas represented below by blue circles. The circle size is proportional to the number of ERC projects funded that are relevant to these policies. The strength of the connection between policy areas is represented by the thickness of the arc, which is proportional to the number of shared scientific fields.
The main methodological development in the contributing projects to the selected fit for the digital age areas is in the field of Computational modelling, simulations with Artificial Intelligence and Complex systems being the focus. Other prominent methodological developments are Theoretical, mathematical methods with a focus on Digital methods and Validation, demonstration, prototyping with a focus on Digital developments and applications.
A selection of relevant research
- Stefan Mangard’s team working on SOPHIA aim to establish the scientific foundation for executing software securely in the presence of physical attacks and already discovered two new security vulnerabilities in computer processors, named Meltdown and Spectre, allowing unauthorised external access to personal data
- Tamar Makin’s EmbodiedTech project already proved human brain can repurpose neurons to represent and control artificial limbs with the ultimate goal of finding the necessary conditions for the brain to recognise artificial limbs following an amputation
- Tamed Cancer is a pioneering project led by Levente Kovács aiming at improving personalized therapies by developing robust algorithms. This breakthrough concept could revitalize cancer treatment by calculating optimal drug dosages
- Ariadna Quattoni’s INTERACT will develop new interactive learning algorithms to address sentences in text of speech that is often complex and compositional
- CIRCUS aims at providing a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity and focuses on the Transport Layer Security protocol. Karthik Bhargavan and his team were able to identify its flaws and improve it to ensure digital security using downgrade cyber attacks simulations