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This year, the European Research Council (ERC) observes 10 years since its founding in 2007 by the European Commission. Since then, the ERC has adhered to its stated mission to “support the best of the best in Europe across all fields of science, scholarship and engineering,” while promoting “wholly investigator-driven, or ‘bottom-up’ frontier research.” As Simon Thomson and Vasheharan Kanesarajah of Clarivate Analytics point out in the attached white paper, ERC funding support has now yielded more than 40,000 papers indexed by Clarivate in the Web of Science.

Along with the Web of Science, the white paper harnesses the evaluation and benchmarking tool InCites and other Clarivate resources for a closer look at ERC-funded research. Beyond merely tallying paper output and citation counts, the analysis examines, for example, the percentage of ERC-funded papers that rank among the top 1% most cited in their respective fields. Metrics such as “category normalized citation impact” control for differing fields and years of publication, providing a larger view of impact and how the ERC compares against other funding agencies in this regard.

By these and the other measures discussed in the white paper, the ERC can boast a decade of strong performance.