ERC Grants
With the ERC Grants, the European Research Council wants to support outstanding researchers along various stages of their career to encourage the highest research possible in Europe. In this competitive funding, the main criterion for a researcher, to have his project chosen, is excellence. Only the best researchers with the most innovative ideas are selected for one of the three different types of grants. The ERC Starting Grant aims at young promising scientific talents who want to start their independent research. ERC Consolidation Grants are granted to scientists who want to consolidate their newly created independent research teams or programs. Scientists who have already established themselves as independent researchers and who are leaders in their respective field of research can apply for an ERC Advanced Grant. Each of the three grant types ensures funding for five years. Winners of an ERC Grant who want to continue the research they have started with the grant, can apply for a Proof of Concept Grant. This allows them additional funding for a time span of up to 18 months.



ERC Starting Grants

Name Project Year
Dr. Martin Beck Atlas of Cell-Type Specific Nuclear Pore Complex Structures
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Frischknecht ParaMotSig – Receptor Signalling Mediating Malaria Parasite Motility
Dr. Carmen Ruíz de Almodóvar Neurovascular Link – Neurovascular Communication in the Neural Tube during Development
Prof. Dr. Jan-Erik Siemens THERMOREG – Peripheral and Central Mechanisms of Temperature Detection and Core Body Thermoregulation
Dr. Ilka Bischofs-Pfeifer ComMots – Communication Motifs: Principles of Bacterial Communication in Non-genetically Diversified Populations
Prof. Dr. Jan Lohmann StemCellAdapt – Decoding the Environmental Adaption of Plant Stem Cell Control 2011-2016
Dr. Aurelio Teleman TOR-AA – Amino acid sensing by TOR 2010-2015


Number of ERC Starting Grants of members by the Heidelberg University: 11
Of these, number of ERC Starting Grants CellNetworks members received: 5 + 2 by non-university members



ERC Consolidator Grants

Name Project Year
Dr. Sylvia Erhardt cenRNA – The role of RNA in centromere biology and genome integrity 2016-2021
Dr. Annika Guse SYMCELLS – Resolving the molecular mechanisms of intracellular coral­algal symbiosi 2017 - 2022
Dr. Thomas Greb PLANTSTEMS – Decoding the Lateral Expansion of Plant Stems 2015-2020
Dr. Edward Lemke SMPFv2.0 – Next generation single molecule protein




Number of ERC Consolidator Grants by members of the Heidelberg University: 5
Of these, number of ERC Consolidator Grants CellNetworks members received: 4



ERC Advanced Grants

Name Project Year
Prof. Dr. Bernd Bukau TransFold – Molecular Biology of Nascent Chains: Co-translational Folding and Assembly of Proteins in Eukaryotes 2017 - 2022
Prof. Dr. Ed Hurt Glowsome - Encapsulated Eukaryotic Ribosome Assembly 2017 - 2022
Dr. Jan Ellenberg COREMA - Cell Division and the Origin of Embryonic aneuploidy in Preimplementation Mouse Development 2017-2021
Dr. Christoph Müller Dynamic architecture of the RNA polymerase I transcription initiation machinery
Prof. Dr. Michael Boutros SYNGENE – Global Mapping of Synthetic Genetic Interaction in Drosophila
Prof. Dr. Matthias Hentze Exploring the interface between cell metabolism and gene regulation: from mRNA interactomes to "REM Networks"
Prof. Dr. Rohini Kuner PAIN PLASTICITY – The Molecular and Cellular Basis of Structural Plasticity and Reorganisation in Chronic Pain
Prof. Dr. Joachim Spatz Synthetic Biology Approach to Adhesion-Mediated Environmental Sensing
Prof. Dr. Joachim Wittbrodt ManISteC – Manipulation and Image Stem Cells at Work
Dr. Peer Bork Cancerbiome – Characterization of the cancer-associated microbiome
Prof. Dr. Bruce Edgar DynaStem – Dynamic, Stem Cell-mediated Self-Renewal in the Drosophila Intestine
Prof. Dr. Victor Sourjik MicRobE – Robustness, Evolutionary Optimality and Plasticity of Microbial Signaling
Prof. Dr. Hannah Monyer GABAcellsAndMemory – Linking GABAergic Neurons to Hippocampal-Entrohinal System Functions
Prof. Dr. Hilmar Bading Nuclear Calcium – The Biology of Nuclear Calcium: General Principles of Adaptions and Strategies to Develop a Light-Induced Signaling Enhancer
Prof. Dr. Herta Flor PHANTOMMIND – Phantom Phenomena: A Window to the Mind and the Brain 2009-2014
Prof. Dr. Ingrid Grummt The role of noncoding RNA in sense and antisense or orientation in epigenetic control of rRNA genes 2009-2014


Number of ERC Advanced Grants by members of the Heidelberg University: 14
Of these, number of ERC Advanced Grants CellNetworks members received: 9 + 4 by non-university members




ERC Proof of Concept Grants

Name Project Year
Prof. Dr. Hilmar Bading VEGFDANI – Novel Enhancers of Functional Recovery after Stroke 2015-2016


Number of ERC Proof of Concept Grants by members of the Heidelberg University: 2
Of these, number of ERC Proof of Concept Grants CellNetworks members received: 1