IMS Fellow Richard Samworth, who holds the Professorship of Statistical Science at the University of Cambridge, has been awarded an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council. His project title is “Robust statistical methodology and theory for large-scale data.” ERC Advanced Grants support excellent researchers at the career stage at which they are already established research leaders with a recognised track-record of research achievements. Candidates have to demonstrate the ground-breaking nature, ambition and feasibility of their scientific proposal.