EUR 1.5 M for Romanian research project

The INTERTRAP science research project proposed by Romanian researcher Dr. Alida Iulia Gabor from the Cluj-based Babes-Bolyai University, will benefit from a EUR 1.5 M grant from the European Research Council. The project entails the development of an accurate technique for dating glacial and global warming periods over a period of time that starts 2.5 million years ago and ends today.

Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, stated: “We need to keep the most talented researchers in Europe, in parallel with the attempt to attract top-level scientists from other parts of the world. These grants are a guarantee that the humanity’s best ideas are developed right here, by researchers and scientists that have the freedom and security to develop a career and their ambitions on our continent.”

The goal of the science research project is to offer details on past climate change, thus offering information to researchers that try to understand current and future trends in this domain. The new technique will test loess samples from all over the world and will integrate various optical and spectroscopy methods. Loess is a type of soil that covers approximately 10 per cent of Earth’s surface.

The European Council for Research announced on Friday, December 4, the list of projects proposed by 291 debutant researchers and scientists, projects that will be financing through the “Starting Grants” programme. The programme has total funds of EUR 429 M, the maximum financing totaling EUR 1.5 M per grant. Researchers will thus be able to form their own teams and to develop their innovative ideas. The grants are offered through the “Excellence in Science” Pillar of the Horizon 2020 European Programme for Research and Innovation.

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