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ERC research grants by country, university and domain

data publication
07 January 2022
Grants university
In this data publication we show the number of ERC Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants and Advanced Grants by country and by university in the Netherlands.

In short

  • The Netherlands has received 947 ERC grants, and has the fourth position in Europe.
  • The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has obtained the most grants of all Dutch universities.
  • Compared to the European average, the Netherlands scores well in the domains 'Physical Sciences & Engineering' and 'Social Sciences & Humanities'.

The European Research Council (ERC) was established in 2007. ERC stimulates scientific excellence in Europe by allowing researchers in all fields of research, regardless of nationality and age, to compete with each other for research grants. The ERC funds both young researchers (ERC Starting grants), as well as established scientists (ERC Consolidator grants) and experienced research leaders (ERC Advanced grants). In addition, the ERC Proof of Concept (up to € 150,000) helps ERC grant-holders bridge the gap between research and commercialization. The ERC Synergy stimulates cooperation. The latter two grants are not included in this data publication because of their different nature. 

What does the grant distribution look like for the ten countries with the most ERC grants?

Analysis
Researchers in the Netherlands are quite successful. Only the United Kingdom, Germany and France have obtained more ERC grants. Given the size of the Netherlands, this is a laudable achievement. A total number of 10,902 Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants and Advanced Grants have been awarded. The Netherlands has received 947 ERC grants, which is 8.7% of the total number. 


How many and which type ERC grants have been awarded to Dutch universities?

Analysis
The differences between the universities are substantial and partly reflect the differences in university size, as well as the presence of a university medical centre (umc). For example, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has obtained thirteen times as many Starting, Consolidator and Advanced Grants as Tilburg University.
 

What is the ERC award rate of the Netherlands compared to the European average, by domain?

ERC honorreringspercentages per domein per jaar
Source: RVO.
Notes: 2019 excluding figures of Advanced Grants

Analysis
Compared to the European average, the Netherlands scores well in the domains 'Physical Sciences & Engineering' and 'Social Sciences & Humanities' in the last years; the percentage of awarded grants is on average 6% higher than for Europe. In the LS domain the percentage of awarded grants also became higher than the EU average in 2018 and 2019. More figures about ERC grants by domain and year are available in the Excel file (see Downloads).