The University of Sheffield's EU successes
Collaboration and Funding
The benefits of participation in EU collaboration and funding programmes are acute. Since 2007, the University of Sheffield has participated in 353 projects with a total value (for all partners) of €1.087M of which we received £164.5M. The above projects have had 1695 collaborators in 38 countries. Of the EU 28, we have been involved in projects involving collaboration with 23 countries which underlines the fact that the benefits of involvement in EU research programmes are as much about enabling participation in some of the grandest scales of research collaborations as they are about finances.
Of course, EU funding offers more than just collaborative programmes, supporting individual research excellence too. In this regard, the University of Sheffield has benefitted particularly well securing, since 2007, 35 European Research Council Fellowships (this is a greater number than some EU countries have been able to achieve). These Fellowships offer major reputational advantages too as they are fast becoming the gold standard in research excellence (recent Nobel Prize winners have been ERC awardees).
Finally, being part of EU funding has allowed the University of Sheffield to host excellent researchers as part of the Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowship scheme. Since 2007 the University has been awarded 57 of these Fellowships, which has opened the University up to some of the best researchers in the world and helped create global links. This extends too to excellence in doctoral and early-career research, with the University being part of 37 of the Marie Skłodowska Curie’s Innovative Training Networks. Being part of these networks has enabled the University to attract some of the very best PhD students and, again, consolidated international collaborations.
Last updated: 5 May 2016