ERC Consolidator grants for Academy members and Young Academy alumni

28 November 2017

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded ERC Consolidator Grants to Marijke Haverkorn (astronomy, astrophysics), Jan-Willem Veening (biotechnology, microbiology, genetics) and Nathalie Katsonis (nanotechnology). Both researchers are members of The Young Academy, part of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Two Young Academy alumni, Ronald Hanson (quantum physics) and Appy Sluijs (palaeontology), have also received grants. Another Consolidator Grant recipient is Elise van Nederveen Meerkerk, an Honorary Fellow with the International Institute of Social History (IISH)

Own research group

The ERC intends its Consolidator Grant to support ‘consolidators’, talented researchers who have already shown themselves capable of running their own research group. With approximately 2 million euros in funding available per group, the ERC Grant makes it possible to undertake high-risk/high-gain projects that often lead to the most innovative discoveries.

Horizon 2020

The available funding, a total of 630 million euros, gives the 329 grant recipients an impact that extends far beyond the confines of science. The funding is covered under the ‘Excellent Science’ pillar of Horizon 2020, the EU’s framework programme for research and innovation. Dutch research proposals have enjoyed considerable success, with the Netherlands ranking fourth in number of awards.