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14 researchers in Sweden to receive ERC Consolidator Grant 2023

The ERC has published the results of the call for Consolidator Grants. 14 of the researchers to receive a grant have a Swedish host institution.

ERC Consolidator Grant is intended for researchers whose PhDs were awarded 7-12 years ago, and the average grant is 2 million EUR paid across five years.

In total, 308 researchers from 23 countries in Europe will share 627 million EUR. Among the 14 researchers in Sweden receiving ERC Consolidator Grant, six are active within life sciences, five within physica sciences and engineering and three within social sciences and humanities.

Two other researchers from Swedish universities have received the highest grade (A) on their application and been placed on the ERC reserve list.

Approved research projects

Chalmers University of Technology

  • Gaetano Sardina wih the project: MixClouds, Unraveling the impact of turbulence in Mixed-phase Clouds

University of Gothenburg

  • Karl Börjesson wih the project: CONTROL, Controlling delocalisation and funnelling of excited state energy in the strong coupling regime in molecular systems

Karolinska Institutet

  • Pauliina Damdimopoulou with the project: AFER, SAfeguarding female FERtility -development of human-relevant in vitro tools for reproductive toxicity

Linköping University

  • Simone Fabiano with the project: INFER, In-operando growth of organic mixed ionic-electronic conductors for brain-inspired electronics

Lund University

  • Daniel Bexell with the project: Decode Relapse, Decoding and Targeting Treatment-Resistant Metastatic Neuroblastoma
  • Andreas Nilsson with the project: PALEOCORE, Core dynamics on millennial timescales
  • Joan Yuan with the project: ELO-B-Memory, Early life imprinting of B cell memory and its role in adult immunity

Stockholm University

  • Konrad Burchardi with the project: ADAPT, Agricultural Productivity and Technology Adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Sabina Cehajic-Clancy with the project: HEAL, Healing societies: The impact of social context on intergroup reconciliation
  • Anneli Kruve with the project: LearningStructurE, Machine Learning and Mass Spectrometry for Structural Elucidation of Novel Toxic Chemicals
  • Johanna Rickne with the project: RE-SHAPE, Research Program on Sexual Harassment Prevention

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

  • Charles Melnyk with the project: GRAFT-ABLE, Developing GRAFTing to enABLE hybridisation of new species for agriculture and forestry

Uppsala University

  • Sophie Sanchez with the project: LimbEvolution, How to make a limb: a new insight using three-dimensional synchrotron palaeohistology
  • Aaron Vogan with the project: Starship, Revealing an active mechanism of horizontal gene transfer in fungi


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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