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European Research Council (ERC)

ERC Starting Grant:

ERC Starting Grants aim to support the academic and scholarly independence of recipients of support through building a research team. Candidates can apply to receive ERC Starting Grants for up to five years. Each grant encompasses a maximum project budget of 1.5 million euros.

ERC Consolidator Grant:

The ERC Consolidator Grant program is aimed at junior researchers seven to 12 years after earning a doctorate. The goal is to build or consolidate an excellent independent research team. The support is open in terms of subject. The maximum amount of funding available for one project is 2 million euros, and the maximum period is five years.

ERC Advanced Grant:

Through the Advanced Grant program of the European Research Council (ERC), established scholars and scientists at EU research institutions can receive support in order to realize outstanding and innovative research projects in the field of fundamental research.

Proof of Concept Grant:

A Proof of Concept Grant is an additional funding option for ERC projects that are currently in progress or have already been finalized. It is aimed at ERC grantees who wish to commercially exploit an idea arising from their project.


Recipients of funding under all four ERC programs are involved in research at Freie Universität Berlin.

Since the founding of the European Research Council (ERC) in 2007, 41 scientists at the Freie Universitaet Berlin have been leading projects funded by the ERC program.

* ERC Grantee has left the Freie Universitaet Berlin.

** ERC Grantee has come at the Freie Universitaet Berlin with his / her grant.

  • Prof. Dr. Stephanie Reich
    Subject Area: Experimental Physics
    Project: Quantum Optics in Nanostructures (OptNano)
    Year: 2008 - 2013
  • Prof. Dr. Jens Rolff **
    Subject Area: Zoology
    Project:  Multidrug Resistance and the Evolutionary Ecology of Insect Immunity (EvoResIn)
    Year: 2012 - 2016
  • Univ.-Prof.Dr. Frank Noé
    Subject Area: Computational Molecular Biology
    Project:  Physicochemical Principles of Efficient Information Processing in Biological Cells (pcCell)
    Year: 2013 - 2017
  • Prof. Dr. Jens Eisert
    Subject Area: Theoretical Physics
    Project: Taming non-Equilibrium Quantum Systems (TAQ)
    Year: 2013 - 2018
  • Prof. Dr. Kirill Bolotin
    Subject Area: Experimental Physics
    Project:  Unlocking New Physics in Controllably Strained Twodimensional Materials (Strained2DMaterials)
    Year: 2015 - 2021
  • Prof. Dr. Benedikt Kaufer
    Subject Area: Virology
    Project:  Integration of Herpesvirus into Telomeres: From the Mechanism of Genome Integration and Mobilization to Therapeutic Intervention (INTEGHER)
    Year: 2016 - 2021
  • Prof. Dr. Elena Giannoulis
    Subject Area: Japanese Studies
    Project: Emotional Machines: The Technological Transformation of Intimacy in Japan (EMTECH)
    Year: 2017 - 2022
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Mulzer
    Subject Area: Computer Sciences
    Project: Complexity Inside NP - A Computational Geometry Perspective (CGinsideNP)
    Year: 2018 - 2023
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Volk *
    Subject Area: Political Science
    Project: Protest and Order. Democratic Theory, Contentious Politics (POWDER)
    Year: 2018 - 2023
  • Dr. Daniela Vallentin *
    Subject Area: Biology
    Project: Neural Mechanisms Underlying Vocal Interactions of Duetting Nightingales (MIDNIGTH)
    Year: 2018 - 2023
  • Dr. Refqa Abu-Remaileh
    Subject Area: Arabic Studies
    Project: Country of Words: Reading and Reception of Palestinian Literature from 1948 to the Present. (PalREAD)
    Year: 2018 - 2023
  • Dr. Radoslaw Martin Cichy
    Subject Area: Biological Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
    Project: Cracking the Neural Code of Human Object Vision (CRACK)
    Year: 2019 - 2024
  • Dr. Miriam Knörnschild *
    Subject Area: Animal Behavior
    Project: Culture as an evolutionary force: Does song learning accelerate speciation in a bat ring species? (CULTSONG)
    Year: 2019 - 2024
  • Prof. Dr. Genia Kostka
    Subject Area:
    Chinese Studies
    Project:
    Governing with Data: Local Experimentation in Authoritarian China
    Year:
    2019 - 2024
  • Dr. Jan C. Jansen (German Historical Institute, Washington, Host University: FU Berlin) *
    Subject Area: History

    Project:
    Atlantic Exiles: Refugees and Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1770s-1820s
    Year:
    2019 - 2024
  • Prof. Dr. Bertram Lomfeld
    Subject Area: Civil Law
    Project:
    A Global Theory of Reflexive Debt (Deliberation) (RESOLVENCY)
    Year:
    2021 - 2026
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Katharina Franke
    Subject Area: Experimental Physics
    Project:
    Nanoscale Spin Interactions and Dynamics on Superconducting Surfaces (NanoSpin)
    Year:
    2014 - 2019

  • Prof. Dr. Haike Antelmann **
    Subject Area: Microbiology
    Project: Protein S-Mycothiolations and Real-Time Redox Imaging in Corynebacterium Diphtheriae in Response to ROS Stress and Infection Conditions (MYCOTHIOLOME)
    Year: 2015 - 2020

  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Kampfrath **
    Subject Area: Experimental Physics
    Project: Ultrafast spin transport and magnetic order controlled by terahertz electromagnetic pulses (TERAMAG)
    Year: 2017 - 2021
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Frank Postberg **
    Subject Area: Planetary Sciences and Remote Sensing
    Project: Habitability of Oceans and Aqueous Systems on Icy Satellites (Habitat-OASIS)
    Year: 2018 - 2022
  • Prof. Dr. Stephanie Reich
    Subject Area: Experimental Physics
    Project: Harvesting Dark Plasmons for Surface-enhanced Raman Scattering (DarkSERS)
    Year: 2018 - 2023
  • Prof. Dr. Frank Noé
    Subject Area: Scientific Computing
    Project: Scalable Kinetic Models: From Molecular Dynamics to Cellular Signaling (ScaleCell)
    Year: 2018 - 2023
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Urs Matthias Zachmann
    Subject Area: Japanese Studies
    Project: Japanese Courts-Martial and Military Courts During the Asia-Pacific War, 1937 - 1945 (Law Without Mercy)
    Year: 2019 - 2014
  • Prof. Dr. Sebastian Hasenstab-Riedel
    Subject Area:
    Inorganic Chemistry
    Project:
    Exploring the Limits of High Potential OxidizersPrediction, Validation and Preparation of Unusual Molecules at the Edge of Stability (High PotOx)
    Year:
    2020 - 2025
  • Prof. Dr. Kevin Pagel
    Subject Area:
    Organic Chemistry
    Project:
    Unravelling Glycochemistry with Ion Mobility Spectrometry and Gas-Phase Spectroscopy (GlycoSpec)
    Year
    : 2020 - 2025

  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Schmidtke
    Subject Area:
    Islamic Studies
    Project: Rediscovering Theological Rationalism in the Medieval World of Islam (RATIONALISM)
    Year: 2008 - 2013
  • Prof. Dr. Regine Hengge *
    Subject Area
    : Plant Physiology and Microbiology
    Project: Cyclic-di-GMP: New Concepts in Second Messenger Signaling and Bacterial Biofilm Formation (SecMessBiofilm)
    Year: 2010 - 2015
  • Prof. Dr. Joachim Küpper
    Subject Area: Comparative Literature
    Project: Early Modern European Drama and the Cultural Net (DramaNet)
    Year: 2010 - 2016
  • Prof. Dr. Günter M. Ziegler
    Subject Area: Mathematics
    Project: Structured Discrete Models as a Basis for Studies in Geometry, Numerical Analysis, Topology and Visualization (SDModels)
    Year: 2011 - 2015
  • Prof. Dr. Hélène Esnault **
    Subject Area:
    Mathematics
    Project: Fundamental Groups, Étale and Motivic, Hodge Theory and Rational Points (RATIONAL POINTS)
    Year: 2012 - 2014

  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Matthias Warstat
    Subject Area: Theater Studies
    Project: The Aesthetics of Applied Theatre (AestApp)
    Year: 2012 - 2017
  • Prof. Dr. Markham Geller
    Subject Area: Ancient Studies, Ancient Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
    Project: Fragments of Cuneiform Medicine in the Babylonian Talmud: Knowledge Transfer in Late Antiquity (BabMed)
    Year: 2013 - 2018

  • Prof. Dr. Matthias C. Rillig
    Subject Area:
    Biologie
    Project:
    Gradual and abrupt environmental change: connecting physiology, evolution and community composition (Gradual Change)
    Year:
    2016 - 2021

  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Beatrice Gründler
    Subject Area: Arabic Studies
    Project: The Arabic Anonymous in a World Classic (Anonym Classic)
    Year: 2018 - 2022
  • Prof. Dr. Volker Haucke
    (Leibniz-Forschungsinstitut für Molekulare Pharmakologie and Department of Biology, Chemistry, Pharmacy, Freie Universität Berlin)
    Subject Area: Biochemistry
    Project: Mechanisms of Presynaptic Biogenesis and Dynamic Remodeling
    Year: 2020 - 2025
  • Prof. Dr. Roland Netz
    Subject Area: Theoretical Physics
    Project: Non-Markovian Memory-Based Modelling of Near-and Far-From Equilibrium Dynamical Systems (NaMaMemo)
    Year: 2020 - 2025

  • Prof. Dr. Friedemann Pulvermüller
    Subject Area: Neuroscience / Neurobiology
    Project: Material Constraints Enabling Human Cognition
    Year: 2020 - 2025

  • Dr. Mathieu Ossendrijver
    Subject Area: History of science
    Project: Ancient Astral Science in Transformation
    Year: 2021 - 2026

  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Peter Robin Hiesinger
    Subject Area: Neurobiology
    Project: Synaptic Promiscuity in Brain Development (SynPromiscuity)
    Year: 2021 - 2026
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Eid
    Subject Area:
    Psychology, Methods and Evaluation
    Project:
    Production and Perception of Emotion: An Affective Sciences Approach (PROPEREMO)
    Year:
    2013 - 2015
  • Prof. Dr. Katja Liebal
    Subject Area:
    Evolutionary Psychology
    Project:
    The Grammar of the Body: Revealing the Foundations of Compositionality in Human Language (GRAMBY)
    Year:
    2014 - 2019
  • Prof. Dr. Alberto Cantera
    Subject Area: Iranian Studies
    Project:
    The Multimedia Yasna (MUYA)
    Year:
    2016 - 2021
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jens Rolff
    Subject Area: Zoology
    Project: Predicting antibiotic resistence for sustainable antibiotic stewardship (EVOLchip)
    Year: 2017 - 2019
  • Prof. Dr. Sabine Schmidtke
    Subject Area:
    Islamic Studies
    Project:
    Weaving the Humanities into the Web and the Web into the Humanities. Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Yemen by Creating an Universally Virtual Library of Manuscripts (HumanWeb)
    Year:
    2013 - 2014