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Promising research talents receive prestigious European grants

Eight talented researchers in Denmark have received highly sought-after grants from the European Research Council for independent basic research. They have received DKK 90 million for new and groundbreaking research in areas such as farming ants, Greenland ice cores and yeast cell factories.

Sep 15, 2017

The European Research Council Starting Grants are worth EUR 1.5 million each. The grants are provided to talented young researchers around the world, but require excellent research and applicants face stiff competition. It requires ingenuity, a willingness to take risks and groundbreaking research ideas, and only the most talented researchers are successful in securing the prestigious grants.

Right now, eight recipients of the grants, based at the University of Copenhagen (KU) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), have reason to celebrate. They can build up their own research group and together with a team of post-docs and PhD students, can create groundbreaking research results. Five of the grants go to researchers at the University of Copenhagen and three of the grants go to researchers at the Technical University of Denmark.

Grant recipients at the University of Copenhagen

Jacob Lewis Bourjaily

Theoretical particle physics and cosmology
Niels Bohr Institute
Faculty of Science
AMPLITUDES: Manifesting the Simplicity of Scattering Amplitudes

Andreas Sebastian Marquardt

Molecular plant biology
Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science
PUNCTUATION: Pervasive Upstream Non-Coding Transcription Underpinning Adaptation

Marie Pedersen

Centre for Epidemiology and Screening
Department of Public Health
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
CHIPS:  Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Acrylamide on Health: Prospective Biomarker-Based Studies

Jonathan Shik

Centre for Social Evolution
Department of Biology
Faculty of Science
ELEVATE: Eco-physiological tradeoffs with crop domestication: have farming ants cracked the code?

Hans Christian Steen-Larsen

Centre for Ice and Climate
Niels Bohr Institute
Faculty of Science
SNOWISO:  Signals from the Surface Snow: Post-Depositional Processes Controlling the Ice Core Isotopic Fingerprint

Grant recipients from the Technical University of Denmark

Irina Borodina

Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability
YEAST-TRANS: Deciphering the transport mechanisms of small xenobiotic molecules in synthetic yeast cell factories

Søren Hauberg

Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science
NoTape Measuring with no tape PE6

Peter Christian Kjærgaard Vesborg

Department of Physics
ATOMICAR ATOMic Insight Cavity Array Reactor

Grant recipients from around the world

In this round, the ERC has allocated EUR 605 million to 406 researchers around the world, with heavy representation from Great Britain, Germany and France. The grants allow Europe to retain and attract bright talents from around the world – as one of the requirements is that researchers, no matter their nationality, carry out their project in an EU country.

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