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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, the Advanced and the Synergy Grant. Researchers from Heidelberg University have been awarded 98 ERC Grants (incl. Bridge Professorships) in total since 2008.

  • Starting Grants (up to 1,5 Mio. EUR for 5 years): ERC Starting Grants support promising early-career researchers.
  • Consolidator Grants (up to 1,5 Mio. EUR for 5 years): ERC Consolidator Grants are aimed at excellent researchers with 7 to 12 years experience after their PhD.
  • Advanced Grants (up to 2,5 Mio. EUR for 5 years): The ERC Advanced Grant is awarded to outstanding, established researchers.
  • Synergy Grants (up to 10 Mio. EUR for 6 years): ERC Synergy Grants are used to fund ambitious research projects that are too complex for individual researchers and their groups to tackle individually. 

Note: For the sake of simplicity, grants which are currently in contract negotiations are counted as running in the table below.

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At Heidelberg University

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Research projectFunding lineProject timeScientist/Institute
Research projectFunding lineProject timeScientist/Institute
LIGHTHEART – Surgical optogenetic bioprinting of engineered cardiac muscle
(1.499.705 €)
Starting Grant
TBA
JProf. Dr. Daniela Duarte Campos, Center for Molecular Biology (ZMBH)
ISM-METALS – Tracking galaxy evolution with precise and accurate metal abundances in the interstellar medium
(1.500.000 €)
Starting Grant
TBA
Dr. Kathryn Kreckel, Centre for Astronomy of Heidelberg University (ZAH)
RiboStress – Stress-induced structural and organizational adaptations of the cellular translation machinery
(1.498.833 €)
Starting Grant
TBA
Dr. Stefan Pfeffer, Center for Molecular Biology (ZMBH)
ReMVeC – How has the rapid scale up of malaria control in Africa impacted vector competence?
(1.499.581 €)
Starting Grant
TBA
Dr. Victoria Ingham, Medical Faculty Heidelberg
ENSYNC – From engineering to evolution of synthetic cells with RNA origami
(1.500.00 €)
Moved to Heidelberg in 2022
Starting Grant
TBA
Dr. Kerstin Göpfrich, Center for Molecular Biology (ZMBH)
CoTransComplex – Mechanisms of co-translational assembly of multi-protein complexes
(3.877.298 €)
Synergy Grant
TBA
Prof. Dr. Bernd Bukau, Centre for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University (ZMBH)
TACY – Tackling the Cyclacene Challenge
(3.325.421 €)
Synergy Grant
TBA
Prof. Dr. Michael Mastalerz, Institute of Organic Chemistry
PEPS – PerPetuating Stemness: From single-cell analysis to mechanistic spatio-temporal models of neural stem cell dynamics
(3.751.699 €)
Synergy Grant
TBA
  • Prof. Dr. Anna Marciniak-Czochra, Institute for Applied Mathematics;
  • Dr. Simon Anders, Centre for Molecular Biology of Heidelberg University (ZMBH)
ECOGAL – Understanding our Galactic Ecosystem: From the Disk of the Milky Way to the Formation Sites of Stars and Planets
(2.718.499 €)
Synergy Grant
01.05.2020 – 01.05.2026
Prof. Ralf Klessen, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics
IndiGene – Genetics of Individuality
(4.003.613 €)
Synergy Grant
01.02.2019 – 31.01.2024
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Wittbrodt, Centre for Organismal Studies (COS);
  • Prof. Dr. Ewan Birney (Koordinator), European Bioinformatics Institute, EMBL-EBI

Bridge Professorships

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Research projectFunding lineProject timeScientist/Institute
Research projectFunding lineProject timeScientist/Institute
DipolarSound – Internal structure of red-giant stars through the sound of dipole oscillation modes
(2.000.000 €)
Consolidator Grant
01.10.2021 – 30.09.2026
Prof. Dr. Saskia Hekker, HITS, Faculty of Physics and Astronomy
PATTERNCHEM – Shape and Topology as Descriptors of Chemical and Physical Properties in Functional Organic Materials
(1.500.000 €)
Starting Grant
TBA
Dr. Ganna Gryn'ova, HITS, Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR)