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ERC Starting Grants

Prince Ravat (2022)

Prince Ravat has been a research group leader at the Institute of Organic Chemistry since 2018. He plans to use the Starting Grant to launch a project to develop a new class of chiral semiconductors. Chirality describes a property of molecules that is related to their symmetry. Chiral organic semiconductors are needed as new materials to drive the development of next-generation (opto)electronics, such as spin LEDs, 3D displays and quantum-based optical computing. More

Alesander Westermann (2022)

Alexander Westermann investigates the intestinal microbiota. He has now been awarded a Starting Grant of 1.5 million euros from the European Research Council (ERC). More

Mathias Munschauer (2022)

Researcher Mathias Munschauer aims to better understand SARS-CoV-2. He now receives funding of 1.5 million euros for his research project “COVIDecode” from the European Research Council (ERC). Munschauer is the third scientist at the Helmholtz Institute for RNA-based Infection Research (HIRI) in Würzburg to be awarded an ERC grant. More

Dr. Kai Kretzschmar (2021)

Cancer researcher Dr Kai Kretzschmar wants to find out why oral cancers are so heterogeneous. He is receiving funding of 1.5 million euros for this project.

Neva Caliskan (2020)

The European Research Council (ERC) is awarding the renowned funding, of up to 1.5 million euros over a period of five years, to Neva Caliskan. More

Sara Buson (2020)

Astrophysicist Sara Buson wants to research "Monsters of the Universe" - so called blazars, which emit particles with unimaginable energy. She receives 1.5 million euros from the European Research Council for this project. More 

Dr. Crispin Lichtenberg (2020)

Chemist Crispin Lichtenberg has received one of the European Research Council's Starting Grants worth around 1.5 million euros. He wants to use it to explore the potential of novel chemical compounds. More...


Prof. Dr. Georg Gasteiger (2017)

Some immune cells populate all the body's tissues and organs already during their development and stay there throughout their life span: the so-called innate lymphoid cells. Georg Gasteiger studies their functioning supported by an ERC Starting Grant. ..

Dr. Elmar Wolf (2017)

One specific gene is overexpressed in many human tumors. This particular gene is the center of Elmar Wolf’s research activities. The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded him a "Starting Grant" worth €1.5 million for this purpose.  More...

Dr. Nicolai Siegel (2016)*

How do pathogens such as bacteria or parasites manage to hide from their host's immune system? Biochemist Nicolai Siegel is looking into this question within the scope of a new research project funded by the European Union with EUR 1.5 million. More ...

Dr. Barbara Händel (2016)**

Neuroscientist Barbara Händel investigates the connection of rhythmic movement and perception. Her work is funded by the European Research Council with a Starting Grant worth 1.5 million euros. More ...

Dr. Viktoria Däschlein-Geßner (2016)*

The scientist Viktoria Däschlein-Geßner works in inorganic chemistry where she investigates the synthesis of fine chemicals. She was awarded an ERC Starting Grant worth 1.5 million euros. More ...


Dr. Christian Schneider (2016)

Physicist Christian Schneider studies promising materials for novel lasers and quantum light sources. The European Research Council has awarded him 1.5 million euros to pursue his work. More...


Dr. Grzegorz Sumara (2016)

A European Research Council grant worth around 1.5 million Euros has been awarded to Dr. Grzegorz Sumara, a biologist from Würzburg (Germany). It supports his outstanding research proposal about the widespread disease obesity. More...

Prof. Dr. Matthias Gamer (2014)**

Psychologist Matthias Gamer studies attentional allocation in social situations and the related brain processes. He was awarded an ERC Starting Grant worth just under 1.4 million euros.  More...

Dr. Katrin Paeschke (2014)*

Dr. Katrin Paeschke's research focuses on unusual folds in the genome, the so-called G-quadruplex structures. With the funds from her 1.5 million euro ERC Starting Grant, Dr. Paeschke will be able to conduct more extensive research in this field.  More...

Dr. Daniel Lopez (2013)*

Daniel Lopez leads a junior research group at the university's Research Center for Infectious Diseases. For his research on pathogenic bacteria, he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant worth around  1.5 million euros. More…

Prof. Dr. Ronny Thomale (2013)

As the Chair of Theoretical Physics, Professor Ronny Thomale is conducting basic research on superconductors and quantum computers. For his work, he was awarded a 1.3 million euro ERC Starting Grant. More…

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* Grant solicited at JMU, but ERC grant winner has since left JMU.

** ERC grant winner was not yet at JMU at the time of approval.