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Wednesday, 26 January, 2011

CeNS researchers extremely successful at ERC grants application

Total of 10 Grants go to CeNS Members and Alumni


CeNS Members who received an ERC grant in 2010. Upper row (l-r): D. Braun, P. Cramer, H. Dietz, J. Feldmann; Lower row: R. Hillenbrand, T. Klar, P. Tinnefeld, D. Trauner.

The year 2010 has been an extremely successful year for researchers of the Center for NanoScience (CeNS). In the European-wide call for applications, members of CeNS could secure a total of 8 renowned grants in the fields of Life Sciences and Physical Sciences and Engineering. The European Research Council (ERC) is the first European funding body set up to support investigator-driven frontier research. Its main aim is to stimulate scientific excellence by supporting and encouraging the very best, truly creative scientists, scholars and engineers to be adventurous and take risks in their research. The scientists are encouraged to go beyond established frontiers of knowledge and the boundaries of disciplines.

The ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grants (ERC Starting Grants) aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish or consolidate a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. It will support the creation of excellent new research teams and will strengthen others that have been recently created.

The ERC Advanced Investigator Grant (ERC Advanced Grant) funding scheme complements the ERC Starting Grant funding scheme by targeting researchers who have already established themselves as independent research leaders in their own right. ERC Advanced Grants allow exceptional established research leaders in any field of science, engineering and scholarship to pursue frontier research of their choice. They aim to encourage risk-taking and interdisciplinarity, and supports pioneering frontier research projects.


Advanced Grants 2010 went to the following CeNS Members:


Starting Grants 2010 went to the following CeNS Members:


In addition to these prizes, two CeNS Alumni (former PhD students at CeNS) received a Starting Grant in 2010: