|Cryptography on Non-Trusted Machines|
European Research Council
was founded in 2007. Its main aim is to stimulate scientific excellence
by supporting and encouraging the very best, truly creative scientists,
scholars and engineers to be adventurous and take risks in their
research. On an inauguration ceremony in Berlin it was called by the
German Chancellor, Dr Angela Merkel a "Champion's League for research" [link].
The Starting Independent Researcher Grants are awarded by the European Research Council to young researchers (between 2 and 9 years after PhD), for up to 5 years.
The first competition received over 9000 applications (in all fields of science). The ERC expects around 300 projects to be funded. Hence, the total success rate is about 3%. According to the Science Careers magazine it was one of the most competitive funding calls of European history.
CNTM is one of around 17 projects in computer science (panel PE5) that will receive funding (out of over 600 applications). It is also the only project in computer science that will be hosted by an Italian institution.
Overall, the number of applications from the Italian institutions was close to 1600. Out of this number, around 25 projects will be financed. Click here for an article discussing these results (in Italian).
The competition was divided into two stages. Statistics from the first stage are here and from the second stage are here.
The list of laureates is here.
Founded by the European Research Council through the EU 7th Research Framework Programme.