Looking at problems from the same angles isn't what ERC grantees do. The ERC promotes creativity, ideas that completely change the way we look at issues and solutions that we try to find. The spark of intuition in turning a question upside down or analyzing its components in a new way is what makes ERC grantees different. Sometimes creativity is a moment, an idea that completely changes someone's perspective. Sometimes it's an attitude, based on never accepting convention and trying to break preconceived notions and build new ones. Either way, it's what fuels the ERC's discoveries.
Michaël Gillon, astronomer and ERC grantee from the University of Liege, stunned the world with his recent discovery of seven potentially inhabitable planets orbiting Trappist-1 star.
Dr Gillon said: "Without the EU funding it would not have been possible to arrive at this discovery. I'm very grateful that the European Research Council invested in our idea and believed in our intuition back in 2013."