The ERC announced today, March 28, 2019 the awarding of its Advanced Grants to 222 top researchers in Europe. The funding, worth a total of €540 million, will give them a chance to have far-reaching impact on science and beyond.
Two professors leading research groups at the UNIGE and the EPFL are among the grantees, in recognition of their outstanding research performed in both institutions. Prof. Pierre Gönczy (EPFL) and Prof. Robbie Loewith (UNIGE) received this long-term funding for “ground-breaking, high-risk” research. A great honour which will allow them to expand their research work on “Tension of ENDOmembranes maintained by TORC1 “ (Loewith) and “Deciphering and engineering centriole assembly” (Gönczy).
Prof. Loewith has been in the past attributed the ERC Starting and Consolidator grants. He is one of the few to cumulate three ERC awards. Prof. Pierre Gönczy receives for the third time an ERC Advanced grant.
The grants fall under the ‘Excellent Science’ pillar of Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme. In Life Sciences, 623 proposals were submitted, out of which 69 were selected. The ERC Advanced Grants are awarded to outstanding researchers of any nationality and age, with a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years. Advanced Grants may be awarded up to € 2.5 million for a period of 5 years to cover up to 100% of the total eligible direct costs of the research plus a contribution of 25% of the total eligible costs towards indirect costs.