Professor Harry Anderson has been awarded an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to fund research in nanoscale aromaticity and supramolecular electronic materials. The funding is part of the EU research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020. The Advanced Grants support well-established top researchers with a recent high-level research track record and profile that identifies them as leaders in their respective fields. The 185 winners of the annual ERC Advanced Grants competition will explore their most daring and innovative ideas proposed in response to last year's call. The new research projects, apart from strengthening Europe's. knowledge base, will also lead to the creation of some 1800 new jobs for postdoctoral fellows, doctoral students and other research staff.
The President of the European Research Council (ERC), Professor Mauro Ferrari, commented: “I am glad to announce a new round of ERC grants that will back cutting-edge, exploratory research, set to help Europe and the world to be better equipped for what the future may hold. That’s the role of blue sky research. These senior research stars will cut new ground in a broad range of fields, including the area of health. I wish them all the best in this endeavour and, at this time of crisis, let me pay tribute to the heroic and invaluable work of the scientific community as a whole.”