ERC Grants

The funding of pioneering basic research is one of the priorities of the European Union. To this end, the European Research Council (ERC) has been established. To receive support, research projects must have a high potential for innovation. 8 ERC grants have already been awarded to researchers from the Faculty of Life Sciences since 2009.

ERC Advanced Grants

  •  MICROCLIM A micro-scale perspective on alpine floras under climate change. Linking observations and models to improve our understanding of the future of European high mountain plants (2020-2025) PI: Stefan Dullinger (Department of Botany and Biodiversity Research) press release
  • TACK Superphylum and Lokiarchaeota Evolution – Dissecting the Ecology and Evolution of Archaea to Elucidate the Prokaryote to Eukaryote Transition (2016-2021) PI: Christa Schleper (Department of Ecogenomics and Systems Biology). press release
  • MEDEA - Microbial Ecology of the Deep Atlantic pelagic realm (2011-2016) PI: Gerhard Herndl (Department of Limnology and Bio-Oceanography). press release
  • SOMACCA - The Syntax of the Mind: A Comparative Computational Approach (2009-2014) PI: Tecumseh Fitch (Department of Cognitive Biology). 


ERC Starting Grants

  •  METASCALE - Modes of genome evolution during major metazoan transitions(2020 - 2025), Oleg Simakov (Department of Neuroscience and Developmental Biology), press release
  • Evolution of physiology: the link between Earth and Life (2018 - 2023), Filipa Sousa (Department of Ecogenomics and Systems Biology). press release
  • UNICODE - Evolution and Impact of Heterochromatin on a Young Drosophila Y chromosome ( 2016-2021) PI: Qi Zhou (Department of Molecular Evolution and Development). press release
  • ADNABIOARC - From the earliest modern humans to the onset of farming (45,000-4,500 BP): the role of climate, life-style, health, migration and selection in shaping European population history (2010-2015) PI: Ron Pinhasi (Department of Anthropology)