The ERC announced the awarding of its Consolidator Grants to 314 top researchers in Europe. The funding, worth a total of €605 million, will give them a chance to have far-reaching impact on science and beyond. The grants fall under the 'Excellent Science' pillar of Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation programme.
5 French Mathematicians were awarded a ERC Consolidator Grant:
Since 1954, the CNRS Gold Medal is annually awarded to a scientist whose research constitutes an exceptional contribution to boost French research and to promote its influence.
Guido de Philippis was born in 1985. He is an analyst who contributed to Calculus of Variations, PDE’s, and Geometric Measure Theory. He obtained his master’s degree from Florence University and his PhD in November 2012 from the SNS in Pise, with advisors Luigi Ambrosio and Luis Caffarelli. After Post-Docs in Bonn and Zürich, in 2015, he got a position of Chargé de Recherches at the CNRS. A position he held at the Unité de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées (UMPA - CNRS/ENS de Lyon). In April 2016, he became Associate Professor at SISSA (Trieste).
Among the 44 grant holders of the ERC Proof of Concept Grant stands the French mathematician Ugo Boscain, Director of Research at the CNRS, for his project "An Artificial Visual Cortex for Image Processing".
ERC Proof of Concept Grants, worth €150,000 each, are open to ERC grant holders only. They constitute top-up funding to explore commercial or innovation potential of the results of ERC-funded researches.