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EU Consolidator Grant goes to four researchers of the DRESDEN-concept Science and Innovation Campus


The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded four scientists conducting research in Dresden with the prestigious Consolidator Grant. They will each receive funding of almost two million euros over the next five years for further research. The ERC supports excellent research in Europe.

Awarded were:

  • Meritxell Huch (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics MPI-CBG)
  • Dora Tang (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics MPI-CBG)
  • Yana Vaynzof (Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research IFW Dresden / TU Dresden)
  • Philipp Kanske (TU Dresden)

Meritxell Huch receives funding for her project “Mechanisms of liver regeneration and disease across scales; from molecules to cells and tissue”. This project focuses on the principles of liver regeneration and disease.

Dora Tang’s project, “Unravelling the chemico-physical principles of life through minimal synthetic cellularity,” will address a central problem in the life sciences: How do biological cells and tissues sustain life from collections of non-living molecules?

Physicist and electrical engineer Prof. Dr. Yana Vaynzof is conducting research on metal halide perovskite materials in her project ““PEROVAP – Engineering Metal Halide Perovskites by Vapour deposition”. These have gained importance in recent years because they can convert sunlight into electrical energy.

Philipp Kanske is a professor of clinical psychology and behavioral neuroscience at TU Dresden. The aim of the INTERACT project is to develop a target- and fit-oriented training program for people with difficulties in social interaction.

Science Minister Sebastian Gemkow: “The fact that four top researchers working in Saxony were successful in the international competition for the coveted Consolidator Grant makes it clear once again that smart women and men from all over the world are advancing research at the highest level in the Free State. In addition to scientific excellence, applicants had to demonstrate the groundbreaking approach of their project and its feasibility in order to receive funding. Congratulations on this achievement and good luck with the projects now ahead!”

The European Research Council is part of the EU’s Horizon Europe framework program for research and innovation. The ERC Consolidator Grant is one of the EU’s most highly endowed funding measures for individual scientists. The European Research Council uses it to fund outstanding researchers who are 7 to 12 years beyond their doctorate. In the Consolidator Grant funding line, projects are funded with 2 million euros (plus up to another million euros for certain additional costs) within five years.