ResearchERC grants

The European Research Council (ERC) funds top scientists to advance basic research and visionary projects and to open up new areas of knowledge.

The funding lines include the Starting Grant, the Consolidator Grant, the Advanced Grant and the Synergy Grant. Since 2008, scientists at Heidelberg University have received a total of 89 ERC grants (including bridge professorships).

  • Starting Grants (up to 1.5 million EUR over 5 years): The ERC Starting Grant is aimed at promising young researchers at the beginning of their scientific career.
  • Consolidator Grants (up to €2 million over 5 years): ERC Consolidator Grants fund excellent young researchers with 7 to 12 years of postdoctoral experience.
  • Advanced Grants (up to €2.5 million over 5 years): The ERC Advanced Grant is aimed at outstanding, already established researchers.
  • Synergy Grants (up to €10 million over 6 years): ERC Synergy Grants fund pioneering research projects that, due to their complexity, cannot be handled by individual researchers and their groups.

Note: For the sake of simplicity, grants that are currently still in contract negotiations are counted as ongoing in the table below.

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Research ProjectTypeDatesCenter / Institute
Research ProjectTypeDatesCenter / Institute
VerteBrain – The Ancestral Vertebrate Brain and its Cellular Diversification During Evolution
Advanced Grant
01.01.2022 – 31.12.2026
Prof. Dr. Henrik Kaessmann, Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie Heidelberg (ZMBH)
TransFold – Molecular Biology of Nascent Chains: Co-translational Folding and Assembly of Proteins in Eukaryotes
Advanced Grant
01.10.2017 – 31.03.2023
Prof. Dr. Bernd Bukau, Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie der Universität Heidelberg (ZMBH)
Glowsome – Encapsulated Eukaryotic Ribosome Assembly
Advanced Grant
01.09.2017 – 31.08.2022
Prof. Dr. Eduard Hurt, Biochemiezentrum der Universität Heidelberg (BZH)
PAIN PLASTICITY – The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Structural Plasticity and Reorganisation in Chronic Pain
Advanced Grant
01.07.2012 – 30.06.2017
Prof. Dr. Rohini Kuner, Pharmakologisches Institut, Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg
ManISteC – Manipulating and Image Stem Cells at Work
Advanced Grant
01.04.2012 – 31.03.2017
Prof. Dr. Joachim Wittbrodt, COS, Fakultät für Biowissenschaften
MicRobE – Robustness, Evolutionary Optimality and Plasticity of Microbial Signaling
Advanced Grant
01.12.2011 – 30.11.2016
Prof. Dr. Victor Sourjik, Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie (ZMBH)
DynaStem – Dynamic, Stem Cell-mediated Self-renewal in the Drosophila Intestine
Advanced Grant
01.01.2011 – 30.04.2016
Prof. Dr. Bruce Edgar, Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie (ZMBH), DKFZ-ZMBH-Allianz, Fakultät für Biowissenschaften
GABAcellsAndMemory – Linking GABAergic Neurones to Hippocampal-Entorhinal System Functions
Advanced Grant
01.07.2010 – 30.06.2015
Prof. Dr. Hannah Monyer, Klinische Neurobiologie
Nuclear Calcium – The Biology of Nuclear Calcium: General Principles of Adaptions and Strategies to Develop a Light-Induced Signalling Enhancer
Advanced Grant
01.01.2009 – 31.12.2014
Prof. Dr. Hilmar Bading, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Neurowissenschaften (IZN)
HEPCENT – Molecular Analysis of Hepatitis C Virus Neutralization and Entry for the Development of Novel Antiviral Immunopreventive Strategies (as co-investigator)
Advanced Grant
01.04.2009 – 30.09.2013
Prof. Dr. Ralf Bartenschlager, Zentrum für Infektiologie
SYMCELLS – Resolving the molecular mechanisms of intracellular coral-algal symbiosis
Consolidator Grant
01.06.2017 – 23.05.2023
Dr. Annika Guse, Centre for Organismal Studies (COS)
cenRNA – The Role of RNA in Centromere Biology and Genome Integrity
Consolidator Grant
01.06.2016 – 30.06.2021
Dr. Sylvia Erhardt, Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie Heidelberg (ZMBH)
PLANTSTEMS – Decoding the Lateral Expansion of Plant Stems
Consolidator Grant
01.09.2015 – 31.08.2021
Prof. Dr. Thomas Greb, Centre for Organismal Studies (COS)
DrySeasonPf – Dry Season P. Falciparum Reservoir
Starting Grant
01.01.2018 – 31.12.2022
Dr. Silvia Portugal, Zentrum für Infektiologie, Abteilung Parasitologie
NeuroVascular Link – Neuro-vascular communication in the neural tube during development
Starting Grant
01.12.2012 – 30.11.2018
Dr. Carmen Ruíz de Almodóvar, Biochemie-Zentrum der Universität Heidelberg (BZH)
StemCellAdapt – Decoding the Environmental Adaption of Plant Stem Cell Control
Starting Grant
01.11.2011 – 31.10.2016
Prof. Dr. Jan Lohmann, Centre for Organismal Studies, Fakultät für Biowissenschaften
ComMots – Communication Motifs: Principles of Bacterial Communication in Non-genetically Diversified Populations
Starting Grant
01.09.2011 – 31.08.2016
Dr. Ilka Bischofs-Pfeifer, BioQuant, Zentrum für Molekulare Biologie (ZMBH)
DECODE – Decoding Context-Dependent Genetic Networks in vivo
Synergy Grant
01.07.2019 – 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);Prof. Dr. Michael Boutros (Koordinator), Division of Signaling and Functional Genomics, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ);Dr. Oliver, Stegle, European Bioinformatics Institute, EMBL-EBI;
IndiGene – Genetics of Individuality
Synergy Grant
01.02.2019 – 31.01.2024
Prof. Dr. Joachim Wittbrodt, Centre for Organismal Studies (COS);rof. Dr. Ewan Birney (Koordinator), European Bioinformatics Institute, EMBL-EBI