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1 May, 2020 - 11:25 By Tony Quested

Cambridge trio win European research grants

Three Cambridge University researchers have each won European grants of €150k to explore the commercial or societal potential of their innovation.

They are among 55 researchers chosen in a new proof of concept grant round by the European Research Council under the EU’s research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020.

The Cambridge trio were among 13 UK researchers to win backing. The UK claimed by far the most of the accepted proposals – ahead of Germany with nine and Israel and Spain, each with five.

David Fairen-Jimenez (Metal-Organic Hydrogels for Efficient Drug Delivery), Anna Korhonen (Enabling Multilingual Conversational AI) and Samuel Stranks (PEROVskite SCIntillators for X-Ray Detection – PEROVSCI) fly the Cambridge flag.

The awarded projects overall cover a variety of topics e.g., a faster and cheaper approach to detect disease-causing microorganisms; low-power, energy-harvesting hearing implants and developing a sustainable social business to manage and ethically distribute donated DNA data to scientists. 

The proof of concept grants can be used to explore business opportunities, prepare patent applications or verify the practical viability of scientific concepts. 

The current announcement represents the first 2020 round, in which the ERC evaluated 146 applications. The budget for the whole 2020 competition is €25 million. 

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