The European Research Council (ERC) is the first European Union funding body set up to support investigator-driven frontier research. The main goal of the European Research Council (ERC) is to encourage high quality research in Europe through competitive funding. ERC grants will be awarded to highly innovative and risky research projects in Europe solely based on the criterion of excellence. The aim here is to recognise the best ideas, and retain and confer status and visibility to the best brains in Europe, while also attracting talented scientists from abroad.
The organisation supports research on the sole criterion of excellence of the researcher and his or her scientific idea.
How do neurons and blood vessels “talk” to each other? Neurobiologist Amparo Acker-Palmer receives an ERC Advanced Grant of 2.5 Mio Euros for 5 years.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Gilles Laurent, Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research receives ERC Advanced Grant to study the reptilian cortex.
Prof. Dr. Erin Schuman, Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Brain Research receives ERC Advanced Grant to study the fundamentals of synaptic plasticity.
Prof. Dr. Dr. Robert Nitsch, Director Institute of Microscopic Anatomy and Neurobiology at the University Medical Center of the Johannes-Guternberg University Mainz receives ERC Advanced Grant for his research project: “Understanding the correlations between cause and effect in network homeostasis is potentially the key to successfully treating patients with mental illnesses or epilepsy”.
Peter Mombaerts, Director of the Molecular Neurogenetics Department at the Max-Planck-Institute of Biophysics, received ERC Advanced Grant to study odorant receptor gene choice.
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