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Top world-class researchers
CEA has hosted nearly 85 projects funded by the very selective European Research Council (ERC) since its creation in 2007. Led by top world-class researchers, ERC projects contribute to advancing knowledge with fundamental and technological research.
The ERC marks its tenth anniversary this year and has chosen the week of March 13-20, 2017 to highlight the scientists and research projects that it supports.
In France, CEA is among the top three organizations hosting the most ERC recipients. So far, 85 ERC projects have been conducted or are underway, including 82 in CEA's Fundamental Research Division (DRF) in the fields of physics, engineering and life sciences, and three at CEA Tech, the division responsible for technological research.
Of all of DRF's projects funded by ERC, eight have received supplemental ERC Proof Of Concept (POC) funding for transferring the results of research to technology applications. It's real proof that extremely ambitious fundamental research produces innovations of interest to business and startups," explains Vincent Berger, CEA Director of Fundamental Research.
Other projects are conducted directly in the laboratories of CEA's Technological Research Division (CEA Tech).
"Since 2009, three projects have been selected in communication systems engineering. This encouraging result must be developed and motivate future exploratory research projects to set up in a technological environment like ours," notes Stéphane Siebert, Director of CEA Tech.
Since its launch in 2007, ERC has become a label for all researchers seeking independence and a real leadership role in their discipline.
CEA's ERC projects are a recognition of the excellence of its teams in scientific fields as varied as lasers, spintronics and cognitive phenomena in the neurosciences. The diversity of these projects, which mainly concern fundamental research approaches, but also focus on technology maturation, demonstrates the wide expertise of CEA's scientific staff. Their objective is to advance knowledge and transform scientific discoveries into innovative products and services with economic value and which meet the needs of society.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.