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 Assunto da Mensagem: ERC grants: Beauty pageants or Grants on steroids ?
 Mensagem Enviado: Domingo Dez 17, 2017 6:37 am 
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In a web survey about ERC I came across a consulting firm named "Enspire Science Ltd" that says have already collaborated in several hundred applications !
An interesting link
See their list of services

Could this means that those scientists who can´t afford to pay such consulting services have lower chances of winning a ERC Grant ? Somehow this looks like that the way applications are made are as important or even more important than the ideas or the CV of the scientists. Calling this Excellent Science can hardly be called an accurate statement. It resembles more a beauty pageant or grant applications on steroids.

About ERC grants is also worth seeing a recent article, below, published by Times Higher Education. version below)

Switzerland and the UK are the best countries in Europe at attracting top research grant winners, while Italy has the most severe academic emigration problem, according to a Times Higher Education analysis of European Research Council data. According to the latest available data from starting, consolidator and advanced grants, there were 65 grant winners based at Swiss institutions, but just 29 Swiss nationals among the winners, a mark of how successfully the country draws in top academics from across Europe. The UK also acts as a magnet for ERC grant winners: 180 of the latest recipients are based in the UK, more than any other country, but just 105 winners are themselves British. At the other end of the scale is Italy, which for years has been dogged by complaints about underfunding and academic corruption. Italians do well from the ERC – just not in Italy. According to Antonio Guarino, president of the Association of Italian Scientists in the UK and, since 2007, an economics professor at UCL, of the more than 650 Italians who have won ERC grants, nearly 300 have used them outside Italy, of whom 88 were based in the UK. By contrast, just two British scientists from nearly 900 grant winners have carried out their projects in Italy. “The flow has been mainly in one direction,” he said…“We know that Italian authorities are considering various policy interventions to make the system more attractive, but this will be difficult and will take time,” said Professor Guarino.

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