Prestigious early-career awards

13 Max Planck researchers succeeded in securing Starting Grants from the European Research Council

September 04, 2020

In the most recent calls for proposals for the ERC Starting Grants, the Max Planck Society received a total of 13 grants. Only the French CNRS, with 20 grants, and the Helmholtz Association, with 15 grants, were more successful in securing the prestigious funding. Other successful German institutions are the the Leibniz Association (seven grants), the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (six grants each) as well as TU München (five grants).

25 countries in comparison. Germany attracts significantly more research funds than the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The ERC Starting Grants support outstanding research projects with up to 1.5 million euros.

The ERC Starting Grants support promising early-career researchers who have completed their doctorate two to seven years ago. This enables them to set up their own research group and start an independent career. The projects are evaluated in a two-stage peer review process by independent experts.

As in the previous year, the most successful research organizations in Europe come from Germany with 88 grants. They are followed by the United Kingdom (62 grants), the Netherlands (42 grants) and France (38 grants). Of a total of 3,272 applications submitted, 436 were approved throughout Europe. This represents a success rate of 13.32 percent.

These Max Planck scientists were successful in this year's ERC Starting Grants:

Chemistry, Physics & Technology

  • Richard Anderson, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
  • Maria Bergemann, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy
  • Manuel van Gemmeren, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion
  • Stefan Truppe, Fritz Haber Institute
  • Steffen Rulands, Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems
  • Manuel Gomez, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems

Biology & Medicine

  • Stefan Glöggler, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
  • Juliane Liepe, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
  • Erich Pascal Malkemper, Research Center caesar
  • Edda Schulz, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics
  • Tatjana Tchumatchenko, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research

Humanities & Social Sciences

  • Sebastian Grüneisen, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
  •  Mathias Lerch, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

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