ERC Investigators

Since the European Research Council (ERC) launched in 2007, many innovative and ambitious projects by EMBL scientists have been awarded financial support by the ERC.

The ERC promotes frontier research by outstanding scientists and selects projects based solely on scientific excellence. During their time at EMBL, the following scientists have been awarded funding across the three ERC core grant schemes: starting, consolidator and advanced grants.

Inspired by the ERC’s tenth anniversary in 2017, we asked some of EMBL’s ERC grantees to look ahead another ten years and share their vision for their field of research.

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Advanced Grants


Peer Bork

MicrobioS 2016 – 2021

Exploring the human gut microbiome at strain resolution


Jan Ellenberg

COREMA 2017 – 2021

Cell division and the origin of embryonic aneuploidy in preimplantation mouse development


Eileen Furlong

DeCRyPT 2019 – 2024

Deciphering Cis-Regulatory Principles of Transcriptional regulation: Combining large-scale genetics and genomics to dissect functional principles of genome regulation during embryonic development


Lars Steinmetz

SystGeneEdit 2017 – 2022

Dissecting quantitative traits and their underlying genetic interactions via systematic genome editing

Consolidator Grants


Orsolya Barabas

mARs 2021 – 2026

Mobile DNA driven antibiotic resistance spreading: molecular strategies, control and evolution for broad distribution


Miki Ebisuya

ALLOCHRONY 2020 – 2025

Quantitative Investigation of Interspecies Differences in Developmental Tempo


Jan Korbel

MOSAIC 2019 – 2024

Relationship of Somatic Structural Variation Mosaicism to Aging and Disease Phenotypes


Robert Prevedel

Brillouin4Life 2020 – 2025

Development of advanced optical tools for studying cellular mechanics at high spatial and temporal resolution


Nassos Typas

uCARE 2019 – 2024

Understanding & circumventing antibiotic resistance

Starting Grants

Synergy Grants

EMBL has a long-standing tradition of scientific excellence that builds on highly interactive research Units and takes pride in the level of collaborative work engaged in by its Groups and Teams, involving both EMBL-internal and external collaborators.