The analysis gives a comprehensive picture of ERC frontier research across scientific fields, including interdisciplinary crossovers and collaborations. It also shows that undirected frontier research delivers insights that are highly relevant for EU policy priorities including the green and digital transitions, as well as public health.
Policy relevance of frontier research
The ERC supports researchers and their teams to push the frontiers of knowledge. Across disciplines, ERC grantees often deliver insights that contribute to finding solutions for concrete social, economic or political challenges.
Among the projects funded:
- 14% contribute to policies for a green transition
- 10% contribute to the digital transition
- 34% contribute to health policies
Explore ERC project portfolio by scientific domain
Over 6700 research projects were funded between 2014 and 2021, worth €13.3 billion. The factsheets detail the overall budget, the geographical distribution, the topics covered and the synergies between scientific disciplines.
An additional factsheet focuses on projects funded by Synergy Grants. These projects are led by two to four Principal Investigators working together and bringing different skills and resources to tackle ambitious research problems.
The Scientific Council designed a unique methodology to analyse and map the research of ERC grantees funded in 2014-2020. A key feature is its three-dimensional classification system which consists of some 900 terms, considering the disciplines, methods and topics addressed by each ERC project. The classification does not use any hierarchy of terms and is flexible so that it can evolve over time.