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12 researchers in Sweden to receive an ERC Starting Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant 2022 has awarded 408 researchers in Europe up to 1,5 million euro, to develop their research project and to building their own research teams. 12 of them have a Swedish host institution.

The ERC starting grant is awarded to promising early-career researchers and has scientific excellence as the only selection criteria. The ERC starting grant recipients and their research proposal undergo a stringent and competitive peer-review process. This year almost 3000 researchers applied for an ERC starting grant.

In total, 408 researchers in Europe will share more than 636 million euro, with a success rate of about 14 per cent.

Among the 12 researchers in Sweden receiving ERC Starting Grants, seven are active in life sciences, three in social sciences and humanities and two in physical and engineering sciences.

Approved research projects 2022

University of Gothenburg

  • Christine Howes with the project: Divergence and convergence in dialogue: The dynamic management of mismatches

Stockholm School of Economics

  • Abhijeet Singh with the project: Understanding and improving social innclusion in indian private schools

Karolinska Institutet

  • Enric Llorens Bobadilla with the project: Rewiring gene regulatory circuits to enhance central nervous system repair
  • Onur Dagliyan with the project: Engineered control of cellular circuits
  • David Marlevi with the project: Multiscale Imaging of Cardiovascular Pressure Gradients – a Paradigm Shift in Hemodynamic Risk Prediction

Linköping University

  • Maxim Bykov with the project: High-pressure nitride materials: towards the controllable and scalable synthesis in a diamond anvil cell

Lund University

  • Sissel Sjöberg with the project: DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE - adaptive behaviour in migratory birds to overcome physiological and environmental constraints
  • Courtney Stairs with the project: It takes two to TAngO2: unravelling the role of syntrophic interactions in the evolution of anaerobic eukaryotes

Stockholm University

  • Mika Sipponen with the project: Circular lignin materials from well-defined functional building blocks
  • Michael Grätz with the project: Liberal and Radical Equality of Opportunity

Umeå University

  • André Mateusmed with the project: Proteome-wide Functional Interrogation and Modulation of Gut Microbiome Species
  • André Nyberg with the project: Innovative treatment for extrapulmonary benefits in COPD: effects and mechanisms of supramaximal High-Intensity Training


The ERC website has more statistics and a list of all the grant recipients External link.


Swedish Research Council and ERC

The Swedish Research Council works to encourage more Swedish researchers to apply for and be awarded ERC grants. Some of our work consists of arranging interview training for researchers who have been selected for stage 2 of the application process. We also organise webinars with information about upcoming ERC calls.

If you have questions, please contact Anethe Mansén, national contact point (NCP) for ERC: anethe.mansen@vr.se

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