10 researchers in Sweden to receive an ERC Advanced Grant 2023

The ERC has published the results of last years call for ERC Advanced Grant. 255 researchers from 20 different countries are awarded the grant. 10 of them are affiliated to a Swedish host institution.

ERC Advanced Grant is intended for active researchers who have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last ten years, and the average grant is 2,5 million EUR. Under the call 2023, 255 researchers from 20 countries will share 652 million EUR.

Among the 10 researchers in Sweden receiving ERC Advanced Grant, 4 are active within life sciences, 3 within social sciences and humanitites and 3 within physical sciences and engineering.

ERC recieved 1 829 applications. The approval rate was 14 percent.

"We can observe an increase in Swedish researchers within humanities and social sciences who are applying for and succeeding in the competition for an ERC Advanced Grant. A special congratulations to the Stockholm School of Economics, which has received funding for the first time,” says Stefan Svallfors, Secretary General for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Swedish Research Council.

Approved research projects

Chalmers University of Technology

  • Jan Stake with the project FIRE: Far-infrared semiconductor electronics

Stockholm School of Economics

  • Alexander Ljungqvist with the project Investibility: The Shrinking Stock Market, Investibility, and Creative Destruction

Karolinska institutet

  • Nils-Göran Larsson with the project TransMit: Mutations of mtDNA - inheriting without perishing
  • Abdel El Manira with the project Ensembles: Brainstem circuit ensembles for movement flexibility
  • Juleen Zierath with the project CIRCAMET: Circadian Control of Systemic Metabolism in Physiology and Type 2 Diabetes

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

  • Mats Danielsson with the project Si3: 3D silicon detector for imaging of diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine radiotracers with outstanding efficiency and high spatial resolution.

Lund University

  • Raimund Muscheler with the project PastSolarStorms: Past Solar Storms: The links between solar storms and solar activity
  • Thomas Pugh with the project Tree2Globe: Global reanalysis for a forest carbon sink in flux

Institute for Futures Studies

  • Jan Jonsson with the project IneQint: Inequality and Integration

Uppsala university

  • Don Kulick with the project NOTREALLYTHERE: People Who Aren’t Really There: ‘Non-persons’ as a field of scholarly inquiry

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

Sweden and ERC Advanced Grant over time

Over the last five years, 43 researchers affiliated to a Swedish host institution have received an ERC Advanced Grant.

Diagram showing number of grants awarded per subject are and year, between 2019 and 2023.

Number of grants awarded per subject area and year. Source: ERC

The Swedish Research Council and ERC

The Swedish Research Council works to encourage more researchers in Sweden 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.

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