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ERC Grants

The ERC Grants awarded by the European Research Council (ERC) are the most prestigious form of European research funding. Providing very substantial funding, the ERC Grants enable awardees to take on complex projects. The Research Council offers different funding schemes for both up-and-coming researchers and established top scientists. Website of the European Research Council

ERC Advanced Grants

Prof. Dr. Thomas Rudel (2019)

Professor Thomas Rudel receives a high-ranking award from the European Research Council. The microbiologist will receive 2.5 million euros for a new project to investigate pathogenic Chlamydia. More

Prof. Dr. Frank Würthner (2017)

Following successful research on converting sunlight to electricity (photovoltaics), Würthner has also experimented with dye-based materials that are capable of producing fuels with the help of sunlight since 2012. Now he was awarded an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council. More...

Prof. Dr. Laurens Molenkamp (2016)

Top research pays off: After his initial win in 2011, Professor of Physics Laurens Molenkamp was awarded a second Advanced Grant from the European Research Council worth 2.5 million euros. More ...

Prof. Dr. Martin Eilers (2015)

Professor Martin Eilers researches what proteins are responsible for the development oft neuroblastoma and other tumors of the nervous system. For this, he was awarded an “Advanced Grant” of about 2.5 million euros. More...

Prof. Dr. Holger Braunschweig (2015)

Chemist Holger Braunschweig has joined an elite club of European researchers who have been awarded a second "Advanced Grant", the largest research grant offered by the European Research Council (ERC). Braunschweig will receive 2.5 million euros in order to explore unprecedented new bonding possibilites of the element boron. More...

Prof. Dr. Klaus Schilling (2012)

Working as the Chair of Computer Science VII (Robotics and Telematics), Professor Klaus Schilling was awarded a 2.5 million euro ERC Advanced Grant for his research on innovative technologies for cooperating, distributed pico-satellites. More…

Prof. Dr. Holger Braunschweig (2011)

An ERC Advanced Grant worth 2.5 million euros was awarded to Professor Holger Braunschweig. At the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, he is developing and conducting research on novel boron-element combinations. More…

Prof. Dr. Laurens Molenkamp (2011)

Ultra-thin layers of material that conduct electricity on the edges but do not do so in the center - Professor Laurens Molenkamp is conducting research on topological insulators at the Institute of Physics. He was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant worth 2.5 million euros. More…

Prof. Dr. Rainer Hedrich (2010)

Conducting research on carnivorous plants as the Chair of Botany I (Plant Physiology and Biophysics), Professor Rainer Hedrich was awarded a 2.5 million euro ERC Advanced Grant. More…

Prof. Dr. Martin Lohse (2008)

As the Chair of Pharmacology, Professor Martin Lohse is conducting research on new methods of analysis that are important for the development of pharmaceuticals. For his work, he was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant worth 2.5 million euros. More…

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ERC Consolidator Grants

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kastenmüller (2018)

Wolfgang Kastenmüller studies the development of special immune cells that show promise in treating cancer. He has now been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant worth nearly two million euros for his research. More

Prof. Dr. Claudia Höbartner (2016)**

Claudia Höbartner is working on DNA and RNA enzymes. For one of these projects, the European Research Council granted her an "ERC Consolidator Grant" worth over two million euros. The goal is to develop fluorescent RNA enzymes that can be introduced into living cells to visualize their activity "live" using fluorescent signals.  More...

Prof. Dr. Lars Dölken (2016)

What happens when herpes viruses invade human cells? This question is the research focus of Professor Lars Dölken. His work is now being funded by a grant from the European Research Council worth around two million euros.  More ...

Prof. Dr. Roland Mitric (2015)

Helping advance solar energy technology: Professor Roland Mitric was awarded a 1.5 million euro ERC Consolidator Grant that will allow him to push on with his research of energy and charge transfer dynamics in complex molecules and nanostructures. More...

Prof. Dr. Tobias Brixner (2013)

With the funds from his ERC Consolidator Grant (2.7 million euros), Professor Tobias Brixner develops new methods for basic research on molecular processes at the Institute of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry. More…

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Groll (2013)

Biomaterials that can help open up new possibilities in the field of medicine - this is what Professor Jürgen Groll is working on as the Chair of Functional Materials in Medicine and Dentistry. He was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant worth just under 2 million euros. More…

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ERC Starting Grants

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. More ...

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. Mehr...

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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ERC Proof of Concept Grants

Prof. Dr. Lars Dölken (2019)

Getting an accurate picture of the real-time transcriptional activity of a cell: This is the goal of a new research project at the University of Würzburg which is funded by the European Research Council. More