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ERC Starting Grant for Caroline Gutjahr

24.8.2017 | The AcademiaNet scientist secures a 1.5 Mio. € grant to support her research on mycorrhiza.
It's in the roots
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It's in the roots | Plants establish symbioses with fungi, particularly in their roots. Dr. Gutjahr researches the relationship between the dissimilar organisms.

Dr Caroline Gutjahr just received a big boost for her research: her project proposal on ‘Regulatory networks of plant cell rearrangement during symbiont accommodation’ (RECEIVE) was awarded an ERC Starting Grant worth 1.5 Million Euros. The funds will be allocated to her group over the next 5 years.


Since starting her research group at the LMU in Munich in 2012, Dr Gutjahr has successfully applied to be part of the prestigious Emmy Noether Programme (2015). Her research focuses on symbiotic relationships between plants and fungi that together form mycorrhizae in the roots of the host plant. In recent years, she has published a number of research papers in highly regarded journals, including the magazine Science. Her newest study, published in July in eLife, provides evidence that plants may not only provide their symbiotic fungi with carbohydrates, but also with lipids.


ERC granting processes are highly competitive – on average, about one in ten proposals will be funded. An impeccable application is therefore key to secure the generous funding packages. AcademiaNet scientist Valeria Nicolosi provides some guidance on how to prepare for an ERC application in her video "What it takes to win an ERC grant" (see below).



What it takes to win an ERC grant from European Research Council on Vimeo.


Prof. Valeria Nicolosi shares her advice on the ERC grant application process.
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