ERC Consolidator Grant is one of the finest personal research grants available from the European Research Council (ERC). Competition is razor sharp. Of the 2 538 applicants from all over Europe, only 329 were successful in this round. They were granted a total of 630 million euro.
Victor Torres Company receives a total of 2.2 million euro to lead the five-year project "Dark Soliton Engineering in Microresonator Frequency Combs".
"It is about understanding and developing a special type of laser called "frequency comb” in a highly integrated nanophotonic platform. The scientific aim is reaching a performance suitable for the fiber-optic communication systems of the future", he explains.
It's not the first time Victor has applied for the grant:
"I had tried the ERC before and, although I was very close, I didn’t manage to get the funding. So, I'm very happy that my perseverance has given the expected results!", he says.
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