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24 AcademiaNet members receive ERC Consolidator grants

6. 12. 2017 | This year's call sees more female recipients than last year, and nearly a quarter of them are AcademiaNet members.

The European Research Council (ERC) last week announced the results of the latest Consolidator Grant funding call: 329 of the 2538 proposals will be supported with a total of 630 Million Euros. That is a success rate of roughly 13 percent, down from a rate of approximately 13.8 percent last year. Each grantee will receive a maximum of 2 Million Euros from the ERC over the next five years.

Among this year's recipients are 106 female scientists. Women therefore make up 32 percent of the grantees – an increase from the 28 percent in 2016. Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, noted: " I'm […] pleased to see that the share of grants attributed to women researchers is growing in ERC competitions. We still have much to do, but it has always been my ambition to deploy all efforts possible to make gender equality a reality in the realm of research and innovation."

Scientists from 39 nations were selected in this call, and they will carry out their projects at universities and research centres in 22 different countries across Europe. The awards go to life, physical and social scientists. The 24 AcademiaNet members among the grant recipients, as well as the focus of their projects, are:

Claudine Kraft, life scientist at the University of Vienna, researching autophagy
Liesbet Geris, biomedical engineer at the University of Liege, researching mesofluidics
Ana Martin-Villalba, neurobiologist at the German Cancer Research Centre, researching stem cells
Stephanie Reich, physicist at the Free University of Berlin, researching plasmonics
Andrea Rentmeister, biochemist at the University of Munster, researching optochemistry
Katja Sträßer, biologist at the Justus Liebig University Giessen, researching nuclear mRNA
Eva Viehmann, mathematician at the Technical University of Munich, researching Newton strata
Riikka Rinnan, geoscientist at the University of Copenhagen, researching Tundra emissions
Nathalie Wahl, mathematician at the University of Copenhagen, researching string topology
Elena Khomenko, astrophysicist at the Institute for Astrophysics of the Canary Islands, researching partial ionisation
Victoria Reyes García, anthropologist at the University of Barcelona, researching the ethnoecology of climate change
Mariana Grana, physicist at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission, researching string theory
Anne-Virginie Salsac, bioengineer at the National Centerfor Scientific Research, researching micro-capsules
Danijela Matic Vignjevic, biologist at the Institut Curie, researching cancer invasion
Susan Branje, developmental psychologist at Utrecht University, researching transitions in adolescence
Marijke Haverkorn, astronomer at the Radboud University Nijmegen, researching galactic magnetic fields
Nathalie Katsonis, material scientist at the University of Twente, researching smart materials
Jenny van der Steen, medic at the Leiden University Medical Center, researching palliative care in dementia sufferers
Kristine Walhovd, psychologist at the University of Oslo, researching neurocognitive plasticity
Lucie Cluver, social scientist at the University of Oxford, researching social intervention
Victoria Cowling, life scientist at the University of Dundee, researching T-cell function
Anna Franklin, psychologist at the University of Sussex, researching colour perception
Elisabeth Jefferies, neuroscientist at the University of York, researching semantic cognition
Natasa Przulj, computer scientist at the University College London, researching integrated connectedness models in biology

AcademiaNet congratulates all grantees!
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