Scientists studying anticancer drugs and the organization of anthills were among those recognized this week in the European Union's first “Marie Curie Excellence Awards,” which saw five researchers take home €50,000 each.

The awards are part of the European Union's efforts to stop its best scientists from fleeing to greener pastures in the United States and elsewhere and are open to scientists of any nationality who have received EU training and mobility support for at least a year.

The awards were handed out by Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin at a ceremony in Brussels on Tuesday (November 4). “The Marie Curie Awards do not only pay tribute to the great Polish scientist, but also aim at recognizing European excellence in science and at making European researchers proud of their profession, in the broader framework of our initiatives to improve researchers' status in Europe,” he said. “We cannot hope to...

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