ERC Advanced Grants for Academy members and Young Academy alumnus

6 April 2018

Academy members René Bernards, Carsten de Dreu, Nynke Dekker, Piet Gros, Bert Meijer, Ann Rigney and Young Academy alumnus Bart Lambrecht have been awarded Advanced Grants by the European Research Council. The Advanced Grant is the ERC’s largest grant (up to € 2.5 million) and is awarded annually to exceptional, trendsetting senior researchers to support new research in their field.

Academy members

René Bernards
Netherlands Cancer Institute / UMC Utrecht

Research project: Senescence therapy for cancer



Carsten de Dreu
Leiden University    

Research project: Pressured to Attack: How Carrying-Capacity Stress Creates and Shapes Intergroup Conflict



Nynke Dekker
Delft University of Technology

Research project: Eukaryotic DNA replication: a single-molecule approach to the study of yeast replication on chromatin



Piet Gros
Utrecht University

Research project: Complement: to clear or not to clear

See also: UU press release of 6 April 2018



Bert Meijer
Eindhoven University of Technology

Research project: Synthesis of Functional Multi-Component Supramolecular Systems and Materials



Ann Rigney
Leiden University

Research project: Remembering Activism: The Cultural Memory of Protest in Europe since 1871

See also: UU press release of 6 April 2018)

Young Academy Alumnus

Bart Lambrecht
Flanders Institute for Biotechnology

Research project: Role of protein crystallization in type 2 immunity and asthma

See also: Competitive ERC Advanced Grant awarded to Bart Lambrecht to study the role of protein crystallization in asthma

ERC Advanced Grants: Statistics

  • A total of 269 researchers in Europe were awarded an ERC Advanced Grant, representing EUR 650 million in research funding.
  • These researchers will be carrying out their projects at universities and research centres located in twenty different countries within the European Research Area. The UK will host the largest number of projects (66 grants); the Netherlands is in sixth place with 16 projects.
  • There are 27 different nationalities in the group of grant recipients. Thirteen Dutch nationals have received an ERC Advanced Grant. This puts the Netherlands in seventh place along with Switzerland.
  • The ERC received 2167 research proposals, with 269 of these (12%) being awarded funding. 
  • Female researchers submitted approximately 17% of the proposals and 17.5% (47) of the grants were awarded to women.
  • Not only does the ERC Advanced Grant allow researchers to carry out groundbreaking research, but it also creates jobs for approximately 2000 postdoctoral fellows, PhD candidates and other staff.

See ERC Advanced Grants 2017 Outcome: Indicative statistics (Source: ERC, 2018)