42 researchers from 16 UNICA universities awarded with ERC Starting Grants

23 November 2022 | From UNICA

42 researchers from 16 UNICA universities awarded with ERC Starting Grants

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded 42 researchers in 16 UNICA member universities with Starting Grants from the 2022 call. The funding, which is part of the EU’s Horizon Europe programme, will support emerging scientists who have 2 to 7 years of experience after their PhDs, to launch their own projects, form their teams, and pursue their most promising ideas.

In total, the Starting Grant scheme awarded 408 researchers from 26 states across Europe, accounting for a total of €636 million.

Out of the UNICA universities that were awarded, the University of Copenhagen (Denmark) is the one with the greatest number of projects, with a total of 8. It is closely followed by the University of Edinburgh (UK), with 7 projects.

In terms of research domains, the area of Social Sciences and Humanities leads with 17 projects. It is then followed by Life Sciences with 13 projects. Finally, there are 12 funded projects in the area of Physical Sciences and Engineering.

If we look at the numbers by country, from the UNICA’s network perspective, the United Kingdom is leading with 11 projects – in the overall competition, it occupies the second position of countries with the greatest number of laureates, behind Germany. However, it is important to note that the statistics and final list of successful candidates are provisional, as the UK is yet to adopt the Protocol that will allow its participation in Horizon Europe as an Associated Country. As the ERC underlines, proposals from British institutions “will be eligible for funding only if the relevant Horizon Europe association agreement applies by the time of the signature of the grant agreement”. Should this not happen, it will still be possible for the projects to be funded if they move to a host institution in an eligible country.

Check the complete list of projects awarded in UNICA member universities:

AustriaUniversity of ViennaKLIMBURG-WITJES NinaFutureSpace –  Making the Ariane Rocket: Negotiating relations between European integration and the future of Europe in spaceSocial Sciences and Humanities
AustriaUniversity of ViennaPIRTEA AdrianRevIdEM -Reviving the Ascetic Ideal in the Eastern Mediterranean: Entangled Memories of Early Egyptian Monasticism in Medieval Syriac, Arabic, and Armenian ChristianitySocial Sciences and Humanities
AustriaUniversity of ViennaWRATIL ChristopherMULTIREP – Multidimensional Representation: Enabling An Alternative Research Agenda on the Citizen-Politician RelationshipSocial Sciences and Humanities
BelgiumUniversité Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)CALCUS AxelleSensationaHL – Sensitive periods for audition: Teenagers with Normal Hearing & Hearing LossSocial Sciences and Humanities
BelgiumUniversité Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)DUERINCKX MitiaPASTIS – Scaling limits of particle systems and microstructural disorderPhysical Sciences and Engineering
BelgiumUniversité Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)KOPPER MoisesInfoCitizen  – Informational Citizenship: Toward a Global Ethnography of Practices and Infrastructures of Datafication in the Global SouthSocial Sciences and Humanities
BelgiumUniversité Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)VAN RINSVELD AmandineMATHWAVES – Early mathematical learning dynamics in the developing brainSocial Sciences and Humanities
BelgiumVrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)HENRIET BenoitFORAGENCY – Foraging, Fishing and Hunting as Agency in Colonial Central AfricaSocial Sciences and Humanities
Czech RepublicCharles University of PragueCARSON Erin ClaireinEXASCALE – Analyzing and Exploiting Inexactness in Exascale Matrix ComputationsPhysical Sciences and Engineering
GermanyFreie Universität BerlinHVEN SteffenCATNEMI – Cinematic Atmospheres: Towards a New Ecology of the Moving ImageSocial Sciences and Humanities
GermanyFreie Universität BerlinKLEIN VerenaBadSex – Investigating Bad Sex in its socio-legal contextsSocial Sciences and Humanities
DenmarkUniversity of CopenhagenAUGENSTEIN IsabelleExplainYourself –  Explainable and Robust Automatic Fact CheckingPhysical Sciences and Engineering
DenmarkUniversity of CopenhagenGREGERSEN Lea HaarupTranscriptStress –  The transcriptional response to oxidative stressLife Sciences
DenmarkUniversity of CopenhagenJAVADI AlisaPQART –  Photonic Quantum Technologies with Strain-Free Artificial AtomsPhysical Sciences and Engineering
DenmarkUniversity of CopenhagenKJAERGAARD MortenNovaDePro – Novel Approaches to Error Detection and Protection with Superconducting QubitsPhysical Sciences and Engineering
DenmarkUniversity of CopenhagenKNUDSEN Jakob GrunnetParaALPHA – Paracrine signalling in alpha cells and the integration of mechanisms that control glucagon secretionLife Sciences
DenmarkUniversity of CopenhagenMANCINSKA LauraQInteract – Quantum Information Processing with Interacting PartiesPhysical Sciences and Engineering
DenmarkUniversity of CopenhagenMORALES VILLEGAS Hernan EduardoERODE – Evolutionary dynamics of genomic erosion and its application in biodiversity conservationLife Sciences
DenmarkUniversity of CopenhagenMORENO MAYAR Jose VictorQUIDS – Tracing Indigenous American genomic history, subsistence strategies, health and their interplay through time using DNA from ancient masticated plant fibresLife Sciences
EstoniaTallinn UniversityRIPPA AlessandroAMBER – Amber Worlds: A Geological Anthropology for the AnthropoceneSocial Sciences and Humanities
GreeceNational and Kapodistrian University of Athens Medical SchoolPALIKARAS KonstantinosSynaptoMitophagy –  Decoding mitochondrial selective autophagy in synaptic homeostasis during ageingLife Sciences
FinlandUniversity of HelsinkiFÄRKKILÄ AnniinaSPACE – Precision oncology of spatial immune escape mechanisms in ovarian cancerLife Sciences
FinlandUniversity of HelsinkiHELLE EmmiFINNPEDHEART –  Unraveling the etiology of congenital heart defects – The role of maternal genetics and cardiovascular disease as a risk factorLife Sciences
FinlandUniversity of HelsinkiMÄKELÄ Jarno HelsinginTEMPADAPT –  Single-molecule visualization of temperature adaptation in sub-cellular dynamics and organization across bacteriaLife Sciences
IrelandUniversity College DublinLACEY JosephELECT – Moral Agency in Election CampaignsSocial Sciences and Humanities
IrelandUniversity College DublinQIU FangzheFLEXI – Fluid texts and scholars’ digests: (re)production of law in medieval IrelandSocial Sciences and Humanities
ItalySapienza University of RomeGIUNTA SimonaCentroFun – Sequence-structure-function: uncovering how genetic variation at human centromere drives cellular phenotypesLife Sciences
LithuaniaVilnius UniversityJONES StephenPROTEGE – Profile nucleases and Repurpose Off-Targets to Expand Gene EditingLife Sciences
The NetherlandsUniversity of AmsterdamVAN VOORST RoanneHealth-AI – Human collaboration with AI agents in national health governance: organizational circumstances under which data analysts and medical experts follow or deviate from AISocial Sciences and Humanities
SwedenStockholm UniversityGRÄTZ MichaelEQUALOPP – Liberal and Radical Equality of OpportunitySocial Sciences and Humanities
SwedenStockholm UniversitySIPPONEN MikaCIRCULIG – Circular lignin materials from well-defined functional building blocksPhysical Sciences and Engineering
United KingdomUniversity of EdinburghALMEIDA RafaelAxonicTransmission – Axonic neurotransmission in neural circuit formation and functionLife Sciences
United KingdomUniversity of EdinburghBAUWENS ThomasSCENSUS – Scaling the Societal Impact of Community Enterprises for SustainabilitySocial Sciences and Humanities
United KingdomUniversity of EdinburghMATTHEE JorrytAGENTS – Young galaxies as tracers and agents of cosmic reionizationPhysical Sciences and Engineering
United KingdomUniversity of EdinburghPAGE JacobMLTURB – A new understanding of turbulence via a machinelearnt dynamical systems theoryPhysical Sciences and Engineering
United KingdomUniversity of EdinburghRICHARDSON AnnisDynaLines – Drawing lines in a dynamic environment: delineating domains from base to tip in plantsLife Sciences
United KingdomUniversity of EdinburghROBLEDO DiegoFishTRIM –  The evolution and function of fish TRIM E3 ubiquitin ligasesLife Sciences
United KingdomUniversity of EdinburghVERGARI AntonioUNREAL – A Unified Reasoning Layer for Trustworthy MLPhysical Sciences and Engineering
United KingdomKing’s College LondonKLEIN StevenDERISK – Systemic Risk and the Transformation of DemocracySocial Sciences and Humanities
United KingdomKing’s College LondonKRAUSE BenPCMEA – Pointwise Convergence of Multiple Ergodic AveragesPhysical Sciences and Engineering
United KingdomKing’s College LondonKRAVCHUK PetrCFTSPEC – Spectra of Conformal Theories: From Trajectories, Colliders, and NumericsPhysical Sciences and Engineering
United KingdomKing’s College LondonMORENO-ALMEIDA CristinaDigitalAlAndalus – Digital Al-Andalus: Radical Perspectives Of and Through Al-AndalusSocial Sciences and Humanities

About the ERC

The ERC, set up by the European Union in 2007, is the premier European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. It funds creative researchers of any nationality and age, to run projects based across Europe. The ERC offers four core grant schemes: Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants, Advanced Grants and Synergy Grants. Learn more

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