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Published: 29 Aug, 2018

EU grant to young sociology researcher

NEWS Anna Baranowska-Rataj, sociology researcher at Umeå University has been granted EUR 1.5 million through the ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council, ERC.

Anna Baranowska-Rataj, sociology researcher at Umeå University has been granted EUR 1.5 million through the ERC Starting Grant from the European Research Council, ERC.

"This is a prestigious EU grant, and I'm honoured and glad to receive it. The grant provides new opportunities to conduct research on health and welfare throughout life. For instance, I'd like to study how transitions to unemployment can lead to mental illnesses in individuals and how it can spread within the family," says Anna Baranowska-Rataj, researcher at the Department of Sociology at Umeå University.

One of the ERC missions is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and support investigator-driven frontier research. The ERC complements other funding activities in Europe such as those of the national research funding agencies, and is a flagship component of Horizon 2020, the European Union's Research Framework Programme for 2014 to 2020.

ERC grants are awarded through open competition to projects headed by starting and established researchers, irrespective of their origins, who are working or moving to work in Europe. The sole criterion for selection is scientific excellence.

"We're so pleased to hear that Anna Baranowska-Rataj has been granted these funds, not least that she did so despite the tough competition from researchers throughout Europe. At the faculty, we share her joy and are proud of her success," says Ruth Mannelqvist, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Umeå University.

For more information, please contact:

Anna Baranowska-Rataj
Research fellow, associate professor
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