Big honor to Thinface Scientist
Shahzada Ahmad received an ERC Consolidator grant for his contributions in the field of Molecularly Engineered Materials and Processing for Perovskite solar cell technology. It is the most prestigious grant in Europe and he received it together with 314 top researchers in Europe in 2016.
On this occasion, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: “The ERC has been established to find the best quality in science, to cherish it and support it, making Europe a centre of international scientific excellence. The new grant winners have been awarded this competitive funding because they are top-notch scientists with truly ground-breaking ideas – investment in their success will pay back.”
The overall 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.
The ERC Consolidator Grants are awarded to outstanding researchers of any nationality and age, with at least seven and up to 12 years of experience after PhD, and a scientific track record showing great promise. Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation located in one of the EU Member States or Associated Countries. The funding (maximum of €2 million per grant), is provided for up to five years and mostly covers the employment of researchers and other staff to consolidate the grantees’ teams.