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Young researchers awarded prestigious grants


Three researchers at the University of Gothenburg have been awarded so-called Starting Grants from the European Research Council, ERC. Each recipient will receive 1.5 million euro over a period of five years. ERC’s Starting Grant programme targets early career researchers.

Anybody who applies for the EU-funded grant is in for some stiff competition. Out of the 3 170 applications received, only 400 were approved – of which 17 came from Swedish higher education institutions.

‘An ERC Starting Grant is really the most prestigious grant a young researcher can receive in Europe. The fact that three of the grants will go to researchers at the University of Gothenburg is super exciting, as it confirms that the University’s research indeed is of very high quality,’ says Ludde Edgren, head of the Grants and Innovation Office at the University of Gothenburg.

The names of the three researchers who have been awarded Starting Grants for projects that will be carried out at the University of Gothenburg are as follows:

Emma Börgeson at the Institute of Medicine, for a project titled Inflammatory Resolution and Remodelling of the Adipose Extracellular Matrix: Key Determinants of a Metabolically Healthy Phenotype?

Adam Shehata at the Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG), for a project titled Varieties of Media Effects.

Hiroki Shibuya at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, for a project titled Study of Telomere Function in Germ Cells, Relevant to the Regulations of Homologous Recombination and Telomere Length Maintenance across Generations.

More information about ERC and Starting Grants
ERC promotes ‘bottom-up’ research projects in all scholarly fields and supports cutting edge research and ground-breaking ideas that lead to major impacts in the respective fields. ERC’s Starting Grant programme targets young researchers (2–7 years since completion of a PhD) who are ready to start an independent research group. Grant size: up to EUR 1.5 million for a period of a maximum of five years.