Frontier Research – A good return on investment?

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From healthy lives to sustainable cities, from food security to equal societies – frontier research is often credited to have the potential to produce paradigm-shifting discoveries with economic, societal and policy impacts.

With almost 10,000 researchers supported all over Europe, the European Research Council (ERC) is a key component of the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

But while the main objective of frontier research is to fund multi-disciplinary, pioneering projects allowing scientists to follow their curiosity, critics of the concept consider there should be more control over the research process to avoid ethical drawbacks.

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