Articles | Volume 53
17 Jun 2020
 | 17 Jun 2020

Equality of opportunities for next generation researchers in Europe: a snapshot discussion motivated by the ERC statistics

Nedjeljka Žagar and Thomas Schäfer

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Cited articles

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COST: TN1301-Next Generation of Young Scientists: towards a contemporary spirit of R&I (Sci-GENERATION), available at: (last access: 15 May 2020), 2013a. 
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The paper reflects on the results of a survey carried out within the COST TN1301 Sci-Generation network among the holders of ERC starting grants originating from countries of Central and Eastern Europe. It is discussed how the the statistics of ERC starting grants is a mirror of host countries' and host institutions' ability to attract and keep the most talented young researchers.