Highly Endowed Funding for Five Young Researchers at Heidelberg University
14 December 2016
Being awarded five grant applications, Heidelberg University has achieved an outstanding score with this year’s ERC Consolidator Grant: it is the most successful university in Germany. The European Research Council (ERC) will now award over 10 million euros to Ruperto Carola. The Consolidator Grant is open to promising young researchers whose own independent working group is in the phase of consolidation and deepening. The central funding criterion is academic excellence. “The result is impressive confirmation of the high level of research at our university, also in an international context,” says President Prof. Dr Bernhard Eitel.
In the Physical Sciences the ERC Consolidator Grant goes to Dr Frank Bigiel (approx. 1.7 million euros) from the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics and likewise to Prof. Dr Selim Jochim from the Institute for Physics. Prof. Dr Michael Mastalerz of the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Associate Professor Dr Frank Postberg from the Institute of Earth Sciences will each receive two million euros. In the area of Life Sciences, Dr Annika Guse from the Centre for Organismal Studies was successful with her application. Her funding of approximately 2.5 million euros also comprises the acquisition of special research equipment.
The European Research Council funds outstanding scientists in order to drive forward visionary research projects. Besides the Consolidator Grant, the three funding lines include the Starting Grant for excellent young researchers and the Advanced Grant for established top researchers. Scientists from Heidelberg University have earned a total of 43 ERC grants since 2008.