One Third of ERC Starting Grants in Germany go to Excellence Cluster (U15) Universities

A recent press release has highlighted that one third of all ERC (European Research Council) starting grants awarded in Germany are received by universities belonging to the so-called U15, a cluster of universities that are highly regarded internationally, highly reputable, and have an excellent research track record.

Of the 61 starting grants awarded to young researchers in Germany in 2016, 22 were at U15 universities meaning one third of all of all grants awarded in Germany and almost two thirds of all grants to universities. This means that the top universities in Germany are on the same level as the major research institutions such as the Max Planck Institute, the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and the Leibniz Association.

“This success shows the central importance of research at universities for the German research system and, in particular, for training outstanding young academics.” –Hans-Jochen Schiewer, Rector of the University of Freiburg and U15-Chairman.

Awards to outstanding you academics at the U15 universities went to projects covering the entire range of subjects, including:

  • Lists in Literature and Culture: Towards a Listology
  • Demand for Democracy
  • Emotional Machines: The Technological Transformation of Intimacy in Japan
  • Deep Imaging with Time-reversed Light
  • Multi-scale Star Formation Across Nascent Galaxies

The ERC Starting Grant is one of the most prestigious research awards by the European Union. The ERC supports young academics beginning their careers, several years after their graduation, and who want to establish a special working group. From nearly 3,000 applications submitted, 325 projects in 23 countries in Europe have been funded this year.

Photo credit: “”. Material used in the preparation of this article has been drawn from (idw) and the ERC.

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