Five BIST researchers have received ERC Consolidator Grants

By December 10, 2020January 4th, 2021BIST, CRG, IBEC, ICFO, Media

Darrick Chang, Gerasimos Konstantatos, and Leticia Tarruell of ICFO, Nuria Montserrat of IBEC, and Manuel Irimia of CRG have all been awarded the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grants.

The European Research Council (ERC) announced the winners of the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant competition this week. Of the 2506 proposals submitted only 327 (13%) were selected. The funding, worth a total of €655 million, will give researchers a chance to have far-reaching impact on science and beyond. The grants fall under the ‘Excellent Science’ pillar of Horizon 2020, the EU’s research and innovation programme. In this edition, 37% of the grants were awarded to female researchers, the highest ratio since the launch of the European Consolidator Grants. This new round of grants should create over 2000 jobs for postdoctoral fellows, PhD students and other staff working in the grantees’ research team.

BIST researchers have been especially successful in this call, with five grants awarded to researchers from three BIST centres (CRG, ICFO, and IBEC). In addition to these three centres, another CERCA centre, IDIBELL, received a Consolidator Grant in this call.

BIST researchers awarded 2020 ERC Consolidator Grants: 

Nuria Montserrat, ICREA Professor working at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC, a BIST centre) has been awarded for her project ENGINORG. She and her team will work to identify and understand the interaction between metabolism and mechanobiology in embryonic kidney development, as well as during kidney disease. [+info]

Darrick Chang, ICREA Professor working at the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO, a BIST centre) has been awarded for the project A New Spin on Quantum Atom-Light Interactions (NEWSPIN), which aims to establish that interference in light emission is in fact a much more powerful resource than the level that we currently exploit it within quantum optics. [+ info]

Gerasimos Konstantatos, ICREA Professor at ICFO, received the grant for the project Mid- and Long-wave infrared Colloidal Quantum Dot Optoelectronics (INFRADOT) will address the current challenge of high cost and fragmented solutions that limit the potential and wide-spread use of optoelectronic materials in the mid and long-wave infrared in applications in sectors such as safety and security, quality control, environmental monitoring, imaging, and more. [+ info]

Leticia Tarruell, ICREA Professor at ICFO, was awarded for the project Unconventional Superfluids in Quantum Gases with Competing Interactions (SuperComp), which aims to exploit the full potential of ultracold quantum gases with competing interactions to unlock the observation of unconventional superfluid phases that have until now defied experimental realisation. [+ info]

Manuel Irimia, ICREA Professor working at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG, a BIST centre), received the grant for the project NESTEDMICS, which will examine the regulatory and functional architecture of ‘NestedSensitivity’ microexon programmes. [+info]

More information:
ERC press release
ICFO press release
IBEC press release