Five Finnish researchers receive substantial ERC funding

Five researchers working in Finland have received substantial Starting Independent Researcher Grants for young researchers from the European Research Council (ERC). The maximum amount of the funding for a project is EUR 1.5 million for five years. The funding is targeted to individual researchers for setting up a research team to carry out the proposed project.

The ERC has two types of grants: ERC Starting Grants for early-career top researchers and ERC Advanced Grants for top research leaders with significant research achievements. In its competition for Starting Grants, the ERC awarded a total of EUR 580 million to 427 projects. Compared with the other Nordic countries, Finland came second after Sweden. Sweden received ERC funding for 20 researchers, Denmark for four and Norway for three researchers.

The Finnish ERC Starting Grant winners are Patrik Jones (University of Turku), Hannes Lohi (University of Helsinki), Atte Moilanen (University of Helsinki), Alberto Sanz (University of Tampere) and Hanna Vehkamäki (University of Helsinki). The Finnish ERC grantees have also been successful in national competitions for research funding and they have a strong link with the Academy of Finland, which has funded their research through, e.g., research posts as Academy Research Fellow, Postdoctoral Researcher’s projects and general research grants. Several of the Finnish ERC grant winners are also working within Finnish Centres of Excellence in research appointed by the Academy of Finland.

More information

  • Science Adviser Maiju Gyran, Academy of Finland, tel. +358 (0)40 196 2729, maiju.gyran(at)

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