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ERC Proof of Concept Grant for Frédéric Dias

© Arnaud Disant
© Arnaud Disant
The mathematician and professor at ENS Paris-Saclay Frédéric Dias (Borelli Centre/University College Dublin) has received a Proof of Concept Grant for the valorization of the work carried out in the framework of his ERC project, HIGHWAVE (2019). Part of this project consisted in the implementation of an experimental device for measuring waves at sea and their breaking.

ERC Proof of Concept Grants

It is a grant of up to 150,000 euros for a period of 18 months, which is aimed at researchers who have received the prestigious ERC grant. It is part of the European Union's research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe.

Its objective is to enable laureates to link their work to the practical application of their discoveries, including the first steps towards the commercialisation of their research results. Researchers use this type of funding to test the practical viability of scientific concepts, explore commercial opportunities or prepare patent applications.

A total of 366 projects have benefited from this additional funding, including Frédéric Dias.


Why do waves break?
How do they dissipate energy, and how important is the breaking?

Located at the frontiers of coastal and ocean engineering, earth system science, statistics and fluid mechanics, the HIGHWAVE project explores fundamental open questions on wave breaking.

Ultimately, it will enable the development of operational and predictive models applicable to the construction of ships, port infrastructures, coastal erosion, energy recovery devices, or the analysis of CO2 transfers at the heart of wave dynamics, which are one of the keys to climate change.

This is the second ERC project of Frédéric Dias, a world leader in fluid dynamics research. His work on freezing waves was also awarded a Proof of Concept Grant in 2014.