Professorial Fellow Melinda Mills joins eight other Oxford academics in receiving the European Research Council (ERC) 2018 Advanced Grant for her project ‘CHRONO: Chronotype, health and family: The role of biology, socio- and natural environment and their interaction’.
Melinda – who will lead the University’s first Leverhulme Centre and is the Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded project SOCIOGENOME – works on combining social science and genetic approaches to study subjects such as fertility and inequality.
The ERC Advanced Grants are awarded to well-established top researchers from many disciplines who are leaders in their field, and allow them to pursue their ‘most daring research ideas’. On the awards, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, commented:
“The ERC Advanced Grants back outstanding researchers throughout Europe. Their pioneering work has the potential to make a difference in people’s everyday life and deliver solutions to some of our most urgent challenges. The ERC gives these bright minds the possibility to follow their most creative ideas and to play a decisive role in the advancement of all domains of knowledge”.
With up to €2.5 million available per grant, the European Research Council has awarded €540 million this year to senior scientists from all over Europe. Melinda joins eight other Oxford academics who have received a grant this year.