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Max Planck Society

12 Max Planck researchers win coveted ERC Advanced Grants

​​​In its most recent round of applications, the European Research Council (ERC) awarded 253 scientists with Advanced Grants. They can now look forward to receiving up to 2.5 million euros each, which they and their teams can use to pursue their pioneering and innovative project ideas. Researchers from the Max Planck Society have received a total of twelve grants, which puts the Max Planck Society in joint first place with the French scientific organization CNRS in a European comparison.

Coveted EU funding for the following Max Planck researchers (from top left to bottom right): Stuart Parkin, Hans Walter Rix, Ulrich Hartl, Nathalie Picqué, Elena Conti, Claus Ropers, Benjamin List, Natascha Förster Schreiber, Hannelore Ehrenreich, Martin Beck, Dierk Raabe and Erin Schuman.


Six grantees are from the Biology & Medicine Section (BMS), and six from the Chemistry, Physics & Technology Section (CPTS), including Nobel Prize winner Benjamin List from the MPI für Kohlenforschung.



In total, the grants are distributed among 21 countries. With 61 grants acquired, Germany leads the ranking. It is followed by the United Kingdom (45 grants), the Netherlands (27 grants) and France (26 grants). The Max Planck Society is also in first place in the Germany-wide comparison with its twelve awarded scientists, followed by the Helmholtz Association with seven grants. The Leibniz Association, the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main share third place with three grants each.

ERC Advanced Grants are designed to support excellent scientists and scholars in any field at the career stage when they are already established research leaders, with a recognized track record of research achievements.

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