ERC Starting Grant projects

With its Starting Grants, the European Research Council supports talented early career researchers who already have an excellent research record.

Pinzette mit Materialsplitter

As part of her ERC Starting Grant, Anna Böhmer is researching specific electron states in superconductors. The recently discovered phenomenon raises many questions.


Michael Walter brings together research areas that, at first glance, have little to do with each other – ranging from algebra to quantum computing.


Global satellite navigation systems enable the precise tracking of Earth movements. Professor Jonathan Bedford intends to tap this potential within the framework of an ERC grant.

Mikroskopische Aufnahme von Zellbestandteilen

Autophagy enables plants to degrade proteins and other cellular components. The grant focuses on the role this process plays in the interaction between plants and microbes.


Bei Fremden fallen uns die negativen Eigenschaften eher ins Auge als die positiven. Auch ohne dass wir dabei eine böse Absicht verfolgen.


Kristina Tschulik’s team studies individual nanoparticles in order to use them as a model for optimised catalysts.


Solvents make up a large percentage of the waste generated by the chemical industry. Lars Borchardt can do without them altogether.

Tisch mit vielen Spiegeln

New sources of terahertz radiation should deliver previously unimagined insights into areas such as the behaviour of water.

Kolben mit Flüssigkeit

With the ERC funds, the researcher wants to develop less expensive alternatives to existing catalysts.


The new systems are expected to affect catalytic activity and to stabilise reactive particles.

Japanische Schriftzeichen

The results provide insights into the routes through which the Japanese language was distributed.

Bunte Wörterbücher

The project creates a database containing Syrian and Arabic translations of scientific and philosophical texts with Greek origins.

Viele Glasgefäße

New catalysts are supposed to prevent the formation of mirror images of molecules generated in chemical reactions.

Eine Hand tippt auf einem Smartphone.

As more and more devices are connected, they are targeted by attackers. The project team develops new security mechanisms.

Previous Starting Grants

  • Prof. Dr. Alexander May (participation): „Fast and Sound Cryptography: From Theoretical Foundations to Practical Constructions“, 2012

  • Prof. Dr. Evgeny Epelbaum: Nuclear Physics from Quantum Chromodynamics“, 2011

  • Prof. Dr. Lars Leichert: Functional Metagenomics – Harnessing the Biotechnological Potential of Completely Novel Protein Families“, 2011

  • Prof. Dr. Anja Mudring: Exceptional Materials via Ionic Liquids“, 2008

All ERC Grant projects
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