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Two Danish scientists receives DKK135 million from the European Research Council

December 03, 2018
The European Research Council (ERC) has recently named the 27 research groups that will receive the large and prestigious ERC Synergy Grants. Two researchers from Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen are among the recipients.

Two Danish researchers have been selected for a Synergy Grant by the ERC. In total, the ERC has evaluated 295 applications for the Synergy Grants, of which 73 proceeded to the interview phase and, finally, 27 projects were chosen as grant receipientsrs. The two Danish researchers can now look forward to receiving funding for cooperating internationally and in an interdisciplinary way with other elite researchers about fundamental research the next four to six years.

Grants for Strong Partnerships

Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen, Professor in mathematics, from the Department of Mathematics at Aarhus University receives DKK74.6 million to the project ‘ReNewQuantum’, which employs a new approach to quantum theory. Along with partners from Switzerland, France and Canada, Aarhus University will work on this purely mathematical and theoretical physics project.

“With ReNewQuantim we will, for the first time, employ advanced geometrical and topological techniques in order to develop a completely new approach to quantum theory. This ERC Synergy Grant is an amazing opportunity for us to concentrate on this fascinating area between mathematics and physics for a longer and consecutive period of time,” says Professor Andersen.

Jesper Velgaard Olsen, professor at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen is the director of research of the project ‘HighResCells’, which receives DKK60 million from the ERC. With the project, he will, along with partners from universities in Spain and Schwitzerland, examine some of the human cell’s receptors.

”We are four research groups, who will examine a family of receptors on the human cell, which we call EGF receptor family on a daily basis. We employ approaches and technologies so different that we hope to gain a considerable amount of knowledge about the way in which these receptors work, how they receive transmitter substance, and what subsequently happens inside the cell,” says Professor Olsen

About ERC Synergy Grants

Groups of two to four elite researchers can apply for a Synergy Grant of up to €10 million to cover project costs in particularly big research projects for a period of up to six years. Furthermore, The ERC can grant an additional €4 million for special costs connected to the “start-up”, e.g. purchasing particularly expensive equipment.

More information about ERC and Synergy Grants here:

Are you interested in ERC Synergy Grants?

The next deadline for ERC Synergy Grants will be during autumn 2019

See the calls for proposals at:

Information Meeting about ERC Synergy Grants at the University of Copenhagen

The Danish Agency for Science and Higher Education will hold a meeting Tuesday 27 January 2019 at the University of Copenhagen about ERC Synergy Grants. 


Jonas Toft Ludvigsen
Tlf.: +45 72 31 78 13
Email: jto@ufm.dk

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