UCL Physics academic receives ERC Starting Grant
9 September 2019
The European Research Council (ERC) has announced the successful projects for its Starting Grants - four of these projects are based at UCL, with Dr Arijeet Pal (UCL Physics and Astronomy) amongst them.
Four hundred and eight early-career researchers have been awarded European Research Council grants in this year’s first completed ERC call for proposals. The highly-coveted funding will help individual scientists and scholars to build their own teams and conduct pioneering research across all disciplines. The grants, worth in total €621 million, are part of the EU’ Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020. Four of these researchers are based at UCL, with Dr Arijeet Pal of the Department of Physics and Astronomy receiving funding for his project "Correlated Non-Equilibrium Quantum Matter: Fundamentals and Applications to Nanoscale Systems"
President of the European Research Council (ERC), Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, commented:
“Science breaks down borders. With researchers of 51 nationalities, the outcome of this call marks a record high in ERC competitions. It also reminds us that talent is everywhere to be found and it is essential that the EU keeps attracting and funding outstanding researchers from all over the world. It is with great pride that the ERC contributes to this challenge.”
These Starting Grants will help the selected scientists build their own research teams, creating an estimated 2,500 jobs for postdoctoral fellows, PhD students and other staff at the host institutions. The full list of successful applications can be found at the ERC Website.
An artistic rendition of a 'bound exciton' quantum state used to prepare and read out the state of qubits. Credit: Stef Simmons (CC-BY)