ERC Starting Grant Projects

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

Bunte verknotete Seile

With funding from the ERC Starting Grant, Claudius Zibrowius wants to mathematically prove the so-called cosmetic crossing conjecture.


With his ERC Starting Grant, Nils Jansen is researching how artificial intelligence applications can become more reliable and safe.

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.


We tend to notice the negative qualities of strangers more than the positive ones. Even if we don’t have any bad intentions.


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


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

Grafik der Ergebnisse

The ERC grant seeks to anticipate and govern the intricate dynamics of driven dissipative colloidal crystals that mirror characteristics of living organisms.

Tisch mit vielen Spiegeln

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

Previous Starting Grants

  • Prof. Dr. Nicolas Plumeré: „Protection of Redox Catalysts for Cathodic Processes in Redox Matrices" 2016

  • Prof. Dr. Viktoria Däschlein-Gessner: „Tailoring Ylidic Compounds as Ligands for Organometallic Chemistry", 2016

  • Prof. Dr. Elisabeth de Boer: „How and when was Japan settled by speakers of Japanese? Exploring the clues to Japanese prehistory preserved in old dialect divisions", 2016

  • Dr. Rüdiger Arnzen und Dr. Yury Arzhanov (Participation): „Transmission of Classical Scientific and Philosophical Literature from Greek into Syriac and Arabic", 2016

  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Huber; „From Supramolecular Chemistry to Organocatalysis: Fundamental Studies on the Use of Little-Explored Non-Covalent Interactions in Organic Synthesis", 2015

  • Prof. Dr. Thorsten Holz: „Leveraging Binary Analysis to Secure the Internet of thiNgs – BASTION", 2015

  • 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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