ERC Starting Grant

ERC Starting Grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish or consolidate a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. Starting Grants aim at promising scientists who have completed their PhD two to seven years ago. They may be awarded up to € 1.5 million for a period of 5 years.

Past and current laureates:


  • Prof. Dr. Johannes Brumm, Institute for Macroeconomics (ECON-MACRO), research project “SOLG (Stochastic Overlapping Generations Models) for Policy”
  • Jun.-Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Matti Schneider, Institute of Engineering Mechanics (ITM), research project “BeyondRVG”
  • Dr. Dominic Bresser, Research Group for Electrochemical Energy Storage at Helmholz Institute Ulm (HIU), research project “RACER - Highly Redox-active Atomic Centers in Electrode Materials for Rechargable Batteries”
  • TT-Prof. Dr. Katharina Scherf, Institute of Applied Biosciences (IAB), research project “GLUTENOMICS - Tracking gluten immoreactive peptides from the grain to the gut and beyond”


  • Prof. Dr. Frank Schröder, Institute for Astroparticle Research (IAP), research project "Digital Radio Detectors for Galactic PeV Particles (PeV-Radio)"


  • Dr. Cornelia Lee-Thedieck, Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG), research project "BloodANDbone – conjoined twins in health and disease: bone marrow analogs for hematological and musculoskeletal diseases" (Grantee has left KIT.)


  • Prof. Dr. Corinna Hoose, Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Department Troposphere Research (IMK-TRO), research project "Closure of the Cloud Phase (C2Phase)"


  • Dr. Erin Koos, Institute of Mechanical Process Engineering and Mechanics (MVM), research project "Capillary Suspensions: A Novel Route for Versatile, Cost Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Material Design (CapS)" (Grantee has left KIT.)

  • Dr. Pavel Levkin, Institute of Toxicology and Genetics (ITG), research project "DropletMicroarrays: Ultra High-Throughput Screening of Cells in 3D Microenvironments (DropCellArray)"


  • Prof. Dr. Christian Koos, Institute of Photonics und Quantum Electronics (IPQ), research project "Energy-Efficient Multi-Terabit/s Photonic Interconnects (EnTeraPIC)"

  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Nesterov-Müller, Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT), research project "Combinatorial Patterning of Particles for High Density Peptide Arrays (CombiPatterning)"


  • Prof. Dr. Peter Knippertz, Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Department Troposphere Research (IMK-TRO), research project „Desert Storms - Towards an Improved Representation of Meteorological Processes in Models of Mineral Dust Emission" (Grantee was not at KIT yet and the time of acquring the grant.)
  • Dr. Matthias Schneider, Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research - Atmospheric Trace Gases and Remote Sensing (IMK-ASF), research project "Multi-platform remote Sensing of Isotopologues for investigating the Cycle of Atmospheric water (MUSICA)"


  • Dr. Regina Hoffmann-Vogel, Physical Institute (PHI), research project "Structural and Electronic Properties of Nanoscale Metallic Contacts Fabricated by Thermally Assisted electromigration (NANOCONTACTS)"