Professor Anne Kelso AO
CEO, National Health and Medical Research Council
24 October 2018

NHMRC and the EU have launched a new initiative to provide opportunities for top Australian health and medical researchers to carry out research visits with teams funded by the European Research Council (ERC) in Europe.

The Implementing Arrangement was signed by Professor Anne Kelso AO, CEO for the NHMRC, and, on behalf of the European Commission, by Dr Michael Pulch, Ambassador of the European Union to Australia, in Canberra on Monday 22 October 2018.

The agreement aims to help talented NHMRC-funded researchers join ERC teams across Europe and enable the exchange of ideas and experiences in order to perform cutting-edge science together. It can be a single and long-term visit of up to 12 months or multiple short-term visits(e.g. for joint experiments).

The ERC offers long-term grants in Europe to top scientists of any nationality and in any field, including Life Sciences. To date, 46 Australian researchers have been awarded ERC grants across Europe, worth a total of over EUR 75 million, of which 25 are carrying out their blue sky research in the field of Life Sciences.

By promoting and encouraging collaborative health and medical research activities amongst researchers from the EU and Australia, the agreement will help ensure all countries contribute to, share in, and benefit from the work of the global research community.