Support - EUOverview: ERC Grants

The European Research Council (ERC) supports outstanding scientists in order to advance frontier research and visionary projects and to open up new interdisciplinary fields of knowledge.

Among its lines of funding are the Starting, the Consolidator and the Advanced Grant. Researchers from Heidelberg University have been awarded 57 ERC Grants in total since 2008.

  • Advanced Grants: The ERC Advanced Grant targets established researchers. The funding extends to a period of five years.
  • Starting / Consolidator Grants: Among the ERC's lines of funding for young academics are the ERC Starting Grant and the ERC Consolidator Grant. The funding extends to a period of five years.
  • Synergy Grants: ERC Synergy Grants are used to fund forward-looking research projects that are too complex for individual researchers and their groups to tackle individually. The European Research Council funds such projects for up to ten million euros over a maximum six-year period.


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 Advanced Grants721 
 Starting Grants521 
 Consolidator Grants1012 
 Synergy Grants33 

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Research projectFunding lineProject timeScientist/Institute
Research projectFunding lineProject timeScientist/Institute
RNACoenzyme – Coenzyme- and metabolitelinked RNAs as a new paradigm in epitranscriptomics
(2.500.000 €)
Advanced GrantsTBAProf. Dr. Andres Jäschke, Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology (IPMB)
AngioMature – Mechanisms of vascular maturation and quiescence during development, homeostasis and aging
(2.338.918 €)
Advanced Grants01.08.2018 – 31.07.2023Prof. Dr. Hellmut Augustin, European Center for Angioscience, Heidelberg University and German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
TransFold – Molecular Biology of Nascent Chains: Co-translational Folding and Assembly of Proteins in Eukaryotes
(2.069.000 €)
Advanced Grants01.10.2017 – 30.09.2022Prof. Dr. Bernd Bukau, Centre for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University (ZMBH)
Glowsome – Encapsulated Eukaryotic Ribosome Assembly
(2.000.000 €)
Advanced Grants01.09.2017 – 31.08.2022Prof. Dr. Eduard Hurt, Heidelberg University Biochemistry Center (BZH)
EntangleGen – Entanglement Generation in Universal Quantum Dynamics
(2.390.000 €)
Advanced Grants01.10.2016 – 30.09.2021Prof. Dr. Markus Oberthaler, Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics (KIP), Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
ETMD ICEC – Efficient Pathways to Neutralization and Radical Production Enabled by Environment
(2.500.000 €)
Advanced Grants01.10.2016 – 30.09.2021Prof. Dr. Lorenz Cederbaum, Institute for Physical Chemistry (PCI), Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences
STARLIGHT – Formation of the First Stars
(2.464.896 €)
Advanced Grants01.02.2014 – 31.01.2019Prof. Dr. Ralf S. Klessen, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics
BRONZEAGETIN – Tin Isotopes and the Sources of Bronze Age Tin in the Old World
(2.340.800 €)
Advanced Grants01.08.2013 – 31.07.2018Prof. Dr. Ernst Pernicka, Institute of Earth Sciences
SYNGENE – Global Mapping of Synthetic Genetic Interactions in Drosophila
(~ 2.500.000 €)
Advanced Grants01.08.2012 – 31.07.2018Prof. Dr. Michael Boutros, German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) & Medical Faculty Mannheim of Heidelberg University
MOBOCON – Model-Based Optimizing Control – From a Vision to Industrial Reality (as co-investigator)
(796.800 €)
Advanced Grants01.06.2012 – 30.11.2017Prof. Dr. Hans Georg Bock, Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing
PAIN PLASTICITY – The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Structural Plasticity and Reorganisation in Chronic Pain
(1.992.000 €)
Advanced Grants01.07.2012 – 30.06.2017Prof. Dr. Rohini Kuner, Institute of Pharmacology, Medical Faculty Heidelberg
ScienceFore – The Science of Forecasting: Probabilistic Foundations, Statistical Methodology, and Applications
(1.726.794 €)
Moved to Karlsruhe in 2013
Advanced Grants01.06.2012 – 31.05.2017Prof. Dr. Tilmann Gneiting, Institute for Applied Mathematics
FUNREN – Functional Renormalization: From Quantum Gravity and Dark Energy to Ultracold Atoms and Condensed Matter
(1.955.400 €)
Advanced Grants01.04.2012 – 31.03.2017Prof. Dr. Christof Wetterich, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
ManISteC – Manipulating and Image Stem Cells at Work
(2.561.920 €)
Advanced Grants01.04.2012 – 31.03.2017Prof. Dr. Joachim Wittbrodt, Centre for Organismal Studies (COS), Faculty of Biosciences
MicRobE – Robustness, Evolutionary Optimality and Plasticity of Microbial Signaling
(2.490.000 €)
Moved to Marburg in 2014
Advanced Grants01.12.2011 – 30.11.2016Prof. Dr. Victor Sourjik, Center for Molecular Biology (ZMBH), Faculty of Biosciences
DynaStem – Dynamic, Stem Cell-mediated Self-renewal in the Drosophila Intestine
(2.682.080 €)
Advanced Grants01.01.2011 – 30.04.2016Prof. Dr. Bruce Edgar, Center for Molecular Biology (ZMBH), DKFZ-ZMBH Alliance, Faculty of Biosciences
GABAcellsAndMemory – Linking GABAergic Neurones to Hippocampal-Entorhinal System Functions
(1.870.000 €)
Advanced Grants01.07.2010 – 30.06.2015Prof. Dr. Hannah Monyer, Clinical Neurobiology
ICD – Intermolecular Coulombic Decay and Control of Photoinduced Processes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology
(1.950.000 €)
Advanced Grants01.01.2009 – 31.01.2015Prof. Dr. Lorenz Cederbaum, Institute for Physical Chemistry
Nuclear Calcium – The Biology of Nuclear Calcium: General Principles of Adaptions and Strategies to Develop a Light-Induced Signalling Enhancer
(2.400.000 €)
Advanced Grants01.01.2009 – 31.12.2014Prof. Dr. Hilmar Bading, Interdisciplinary Center for Neurosciences (IZN)
PHANTOMMIND – Phantom Phenomena: A Window to the Mind and the Brain
(2.300.000 €)
Advanced Grants01.01.2009 – 31.12.2014Prof. Dr. Herta Flor, Central Institute of Mental Health
HEPCENT – Molecular Analysis of Hepatitis C Virus Neutralization and Entry for the Development of Novel Antiviral Immunopreventive Strategies (as co-investigator)
(806.800 €)
Advanced Grants01.04.2009 – 30.09.2013Prof. Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager, Centre for Infectiology
SUSTAIN – Sustainability of Agriculture in Neolithic EuropeConsolidator GrantsIn negotiationsPD Dr. Maria Ivanova-Bieg, Institute of Prehistory, Protohistory and Near-Eastern Archaeology
OLI.VAS – The Oligo-Vascular Interface: Understanding its Properties and FunctionsConsolidator GrantsIn negotiationsProf. Dr. Ruiz de Almodóvar, Medical Faculty Mannheim of Heidelberg University
TRIFECTs – Trions and sp3-Defects in Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes for Optoelectronics
(1.998.500 €)
Consolidator Grants01.04.2019 – 31.03.2024Prof. Dr. Jana Zaumseil, Institute for Physical Chemistry (PCI)
ACCLIMATIZE – Hypothalamic mechanisms of thermal homeostasis and adaptation
(1.902.500 €)
Consolidator Grants01.09.2018 – 31.8.2023Prof. Dr. Jan-Erik Siemens, Pharmacological Institute
EMPIRE: Galaxy Evolution in the ALMA Era – The Baryon Cycle and Star Formation in Nearby Galaxies
(1.659.451 €)
Moved to Bonn in 2018
Consolidator Grants01.07.2017 – 30.06.2022Dr. Frank Bigiel, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics
SYMCELLS – Resolving the molecular mechanisms of intracellular coral-algal symbiosis
(2.272.485 €)
Consolidator Grants01.06.2017 – 31.05.2022Dr. Annika Guse, Centre for Organismal Studies (COS)
CaTs n DOCs: Chemically and Thermally Stable Nano-sized Discrete Organic Cage Compounds
(1.996.000 €)
Consolidator Grants01.04.2017 – 31.03.2022Prof. Dr. Michael Mastalerz, Institute of Organic Chemistry
QuStA: Quantum State Assembler
(1.958.101 €)
Consolidator Grants01.04.2017 – 31.03.2022Prof. Dr. Selim Jochim, Institute for Physics
Habitat-OASIS: Habitability of Oceans and Aqueous Systems on Icy Satellites
(1.995.250 €)
Moved to Berlin in 2018
Consolidator Grants01.02.2017 – 31.01.2022PD Dr. Frank Postberg, Institute of Earth Sciences
cenRNA – The Role of RNA in Centromere Biology and Genome Integrity
(1.896.250 €)
Consolidator Grants01.06.2016 – 30.06.2021Dr. Sylvia Erhardt, Center for Molecular Biology (ZMBH)
RSM – Rich, Structured Models for Scene Recovery Understanding and Interaction
(1.998.281 €)
Moved to Heidelberg in 2017
Consolidator Grants01.10.2015 – 30.09.2020Prof. Dr. Carsten Rother, Department of Physics and Astronomy
PLANTSTEMS – Decoding the Lateral Expansion of Plant Stems
(1.999.000 €)
Consolidator Grants01.09.2015 – 31.08.2020Dr. Thomas Greb, Centre for Organismal Studies (COS)
GEOMETRICSTRUCTURES – Deformation Spaces of Geometric Structures
(1.570.327 €)
Consolidator Grants01.01.2014 – 31.03.2020Prof. Dr. Anna Wienhard, Mathematical Institute
OntoTransEvol – Ontogenic Transcriptome Evolution in Tetrapods
(1.535.488 €)
Consolidator Grants01.10.2015 – 31.01.2020Prof. Dr. Henrik Kaessmann, Center for Molecular Biology (ZMBH)
IWASAWA – Iwasawa Theory pf p-adic Lie Extensions
(500.000 €)
Starting Grants01.07.2008 – 31.06.2013Prof. Dr. Otmar Venjakob, Institute for Mathematics
StrEnQTh – Strong Entanglement in Quantum Many-body Theory
(1.499.563 Euro €)
Moved to Trento (Italy) in 2019
Starting Grants01.11.2018 – 31.10.2023Dr. Philipp Hauke, Kirchhoff-Institute for Physics
ENTPAR – Entangled Parliamentarisms: Constitutional Practices in Russia, Ukraine, China and Mongolia, 1905-2005
(1.220.325 €)
Starting Grants01.04.2018 – 31.03.2023Dr. Ivan Sablin, Department of History
DrySeasonPf – Dry Season P. Falciparum Reservoir
(1.500.000 €)
Starting Grants01.01.2018 – 31.12.2022Dr. Silvia Portugal, Centre for Infectious Diseases, Parasitology
ENERGYMAPS – Revealing the electronic energy landscape of multi-layered (opto)electronic devices
(1.497.931 €)
Moved to Dresden in 2019
Starting Grants01.09.2017 – 31.08.2022JProf. Dr. Yana Vaynzof, Organic Electronics, CAM: Centre for Advanced Materials
MUSTANG – Multi-scale Star Formation Across Nascent Galaxies
(1.499.629 €)
Starting Grants01.04.2017 – 31.03.2022Dr. Diederik Kruijssen, Centre for Astronomy of Heidelberg University (ZAH)
NatCooP – How Nature Affects Cooperation in Commmon Pool Resource Systems
(1.102.500 €)
Starting Grants01.08.2016 – 31.07.2021Dr. Florian Diekert, Alfred-Weber-Institut für Wirtschaftswissenschaften
NeuroVascular Link – Neuro-vascular communication in the neural tube during development
(1.498.419 €)
Starting Grants01.12.2012 – 30.11.2018Dr. Carmen Ruíz de Almodóvar, Heidelberg University Biochemistry Center (BZH)
AncNar – Experience and Teleology in Ancient Narrative
(1.383.840 €)
Starting Grants01.02.2013 – 31.01.2018Prof. Dr. Jonas Grethlein, Department of Classical Philology
THERMOREG – Peripheral and Central Mechanisms of Temperature Detection and Core Body Thermoregulation
(1.400.725 €)
Starting Grants01.02.2013 – 31.01.2018Prof. Dr. Jan-Erik Siemens, Pharmacological Institute
EN-LUMINATE – Enhancing and Tuning Electroluminescence with Nanoantennas
(1.496.684 €)
Starting Grants01.12.2012 – 30.11.2017Prof. Dr. Jana Zaumseil, Institute for Physical Chemistry (PCI)
ParaMotSig – Receptor Signalling Mediating Malaria Parasite Motility
(1.453.800 €)
Starting Grants01.04.2012 – 31.03.2017Dr. Friedrich Frischknecht, Medical Faculty Heidelberg
StemCellAdapt – Decoding the Environmental Adaption of Plant Stem Cell Control
(1.494.000 €)
Starting Grants01.11.2011 – 31.10.2016Prof. Dr. Jan Lohmann, Centre for Organismal Studies, Faculty of Biosciences
ComMots – Communication Motifs: Principles of Bacterial Communication in Non-genetically Diversified Populations
(1.496.840 €)
Starting Grants01.09.2011 – 31.08.2016Dr. Ilka Bischofs-Pfeifer, BioQuant, Center for Molecular Biology (ZMBH)
3FLEX – Three-Component Fermi Gas Lattice Experiment
(1.469.040 €)
Starting Grants01.08.2011 – 31.07.2016Prof. Dr. Selim Jochim, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
AMPCAT – Self-Amplifying Stereodynamic Catalysts in Enantioselective Catalysis
(1.452.000 €)
Starting Grants01.01.2011 – 31.05.2016Prof. Dr. Oliver Trapp, Institute of Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Earth Sciences
ASYMMETRY – Measurements of CP Violation in the Bs System at LHCb
(1.059.240 €)
Starting Grants01.01.2011 – 31.12.2015Prof. Dr. Stephanie Hansmann-Menzemer, Institute for Physics, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
NoT – Narratives of Terror & Disappearance
(1.200.000 €)
Moved to Konstanz in 2011
Starting Grants01.04.2010 – 31.03.2015Prof. Dr. Kirsten Mahlke, Department of Romanic Languages and Literature
RANK – The Formation and Visualisation of the Social and Political Order of Princes in Late Medieval Europe. A Comparative Study between the Empire and England
(900.000 €)
Starting Grants01.10.2008 – 31.08.2014Dr. Jörg Peltzer, Institute for Franconian and Palatine History
AtomPhotonLOQIP – Experimental Linear Optics Quantum Information Processing with Atoms and Photon
(1.435.000 €)
Starting Grants01.07.2008 – 31.12.2013Dr. Jian-Wei Pan, Institute for Physics
BioStruct – Multiscale mathematical modelling of dynamics of structure formation in cell systems
(750.000 €)
Starting Grants01.09.2008 – 31.08.2013Dr. Anna Marciniak-Czochra, Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR)
ECOGAL – Understanding our Galactic Ecosystem: From the Disk of the Milky Way to the Formation Sites of Stars and Planets
(2.718.499 €)
Synergy Grants01.05.2020 – 01.05.2026Prof. Ralf Klessen, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics
DECODE – Decoding Context-Dependent Genetic Networks in vivo
(2.812.500 €)
Synergy Grants01.07.2019 – 30.06.2025
  • Prof. Dr. Jan Lohmann, Department of Stem Cell Biology / Centre for Organismal Studies (COS);
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Boutros (Koordinator), Division of Signaling and Functional Genomics, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ);
  • Dr. Wolfgang Huber, Genome Biology Unit , European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL);
  • Dr. Oliver, Stegle, European Bioinformatics Institute, EMBL-EBI
IndiGene – Genetics of Individuality
(4.003.613 €)
Synergy Grants01.02.2019 – 31.01.2024
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Wittbrodt, Centre for Organismal Studies (COS);
  • Prof. Dr. Ewan Birney (Koordinator), European Bioinformatics Institute, EMBL-EBI