Five ERC Consolidator Grants to Uppsala researchers

9 December 2020

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The European Research Council (ERC) has published the results of its 2020 call for proposals for Consolidator Grants. Fourteen researchers at Swedish higher education institutions have been awarded grants. Five of these go to researchers linked to Uppsala University – two in the Life Sciences, two in the Physical Sciences and Engineering, and one in the Social Sciences and Humanities

ERC Consolidator Grants are intended for researchers who have recently established a research group and who want to strengthen their role as heads of research. Applicants are to have the potential to become international leaders in their field.

“To prepare for the challenges of tomorrow, Europe must stick to the vision of investing in frontier research, which has proved time and again its crucial added value,” says ERC President, Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguigno. “This funding empowers bright minds from across Europe to pursue their most ambitious ideas at a critical stage of their careers.”

A total of 327 leading European researchers from 23 countries share the €655 million awarded as part of ERC Consolidator Grant 2020. The grants are a part of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, and they are awarded in three domains: Life Sciences, Physical and Engineering Sciences, and Social Sciences and Humanities.

Researchers in the United Kingdom (50), Germany (50), France (34) and the Netherlands (29) received the most grants. Swedish higher education institutions received 14 grants. Of these, five researchers at Uppsala University received grants: two in the Life Sciences, two in the Physical Sciences and Engineering, and one in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

The Uppsala University researchers to receive ERC Consolidator Grants in the 2020 call:

Grants in the Life Sciences

  • Lars Forsberg, Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology: Loss of chromosome Y in immune cells: targeting disease mechanisms and tools for clinical applications
  • Alexander Suh, Department of Organismal Biology: Evolutionary origin and impact of germline-restricted chromosomes

Grants in Physical Sciences and Engineering:

  • Venkata Kamalakar Mutta, Department of Physics and Astronomy: Spin Engineering in Flexible and Functional Two-Dimensional Quantum Material Devices
  • Alexandra Teleki, Department of Pharmacy: Nanoengineered magnetoresponsive diagnosis and personalized treatment of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease

Grant in Social Sciences and Humanities

  • Kristine Eck, Department of Peace and Conflict Research: Variation in Institutional Oversight of Police Misconduct

About the ERC

The European Research Council, set up by the European Union in 2007, is the premiere European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. Every year, it selects and funds the very best, creative researchers of any nationality. The ERC awards four types of grants: Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants, Advanced Grants and Synergy Grants.