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Two ERC grants goes to DTU

Wednesday 17 Dec 14


Morten Otto Alexander Sommer
Scientific Director
DTU Biosustain
+45 21 51 83 40


Jan-Pieter Buylaert
Senior Researcher
DTU Physics
+45 46 77 49 26
DTU researchers receive two out of 11 Danish ERC Starting Grants. The grants will be used for research in multidrug resistance and an improved method for the dating of sediments.

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded its first large grants—the so-called ERC Starting Grants—in the EU research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. The grants are worth up to €2 million each and are given to early-career talent to develop their ambitious high-risk, high-gain research projects.

This first Starting Grant competition under the EU's Horizon 2020 programme awards a total of €485 million to 328 early-career top researchers. Two of the eleven grants given to Denmark have gone to researchers at DTU:

Professor Morten Sommer at DTU Systems Biology for his project “Utilizing evolutionary interactions to limit multidrug resistance.”

Postdoc Jan-Pieter Buylaert at DTU Nutech and his project “Reducing empiricism in luminescence geochronology: Understanding the origins of luminescence from individual sand grains.”

About the European Research Council (ERC)

The European Research Council supports frontier research, cross disciplinary proposals and pioneering ideas in new and emerging fields which introduce unconventional and innovative approaches.

The ERC's mission is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields of research, on the basis of scientific excellence.

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