Germany emerges as top research destination - European Research Council (ERC) awards Consolidator Grants 2019

The European Research Council (ERC) recently awarded its Consolidator Grants for 2019 to 301 top scientists and scholars  across Europe.

Germany leads the pack with the highest number of research institutions to receive grants (52). UK and France follow closely behind with 50 and 43 grants respectively.  Further, German nationals received the most number of grants (55), followed by the French (33) and the Dutch (28).

The ERC Consolidator Grants are awarded to outstanding researchers of any nationality and age, with at least seven and up to twelve years of experience after PhD, and a scientific track record showing great promise. Research must be conducted in a public or private research organisation located in one of the EU Member States or Associated Countries. The funding (average of €2 million per grant), is provided for up to five years and mostly covers the employment of researchers and other staff to consolidate the grantees’ teams.

Out of the 52 grants awarded in Germany, three have been granted to Indian researchers. This will serve as an important measure to further strengthen Indo-German cooperation in science and research.

Profiles of Indian Researchers Selected

Dr. Kiran Raosaheb Patil

Group Leader, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)

Host Institution – European Molecular Biology Laboratory

Title – Model-guided Engineering of Complex Microbial Communities

Dr. Patil has been serving as the Group Leader for the Structural & Computational Biology Unit at European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, since 2010.  He completed his PhD in Systems Biology in 2006 Center for Microbial Biotechnology, DTU, Denmark under Prof. Jens Nielsen, where he also taught as an assistant professor till 2010.  He holds an M.tech (Chemical Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, India.

More on his work here.

Dr. Nitin Sinha

Senior Research Fellow, Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (Centre for Modern Oriental Studies), Berlin (Principal Investigator)

Host Institution – The Centres for Advanced Studies in the Humanities

Title – Timely Histories: A Social History of Time in South Asia

Since 2015, Dr. Nitin Sinha is the Principal Investigator on the European Research Council-Starting Grant (ERC-StG) funded project ‘Domestic Servants in Colonial South Asia’, as the Senior Research Fellow at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (Centre for Modern Oriental Studies), Berlin.  From 2017 – 2018, he completed his visiting lectureship in Modern History, Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen, Germany. Previously, he also served as lecturer in Modern History at the  Department of History, University of York, UK. He obtained his Ph.D in South Asian History from the Department of History, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London and has many international publications of repute to his credit.

More information here.

Dr. Soni Savai Pullamsetti

Department IV, Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research
Associate Professor, Justus Liebig University, Giessen

Host Institution – Max Planck Society

Title – Pulmonary Hypertension: “Aberrant” Mimicry of Lung Vascular Morphogenesis?

Dr. Soni Savai Pullamsetti is a principal investigator at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, Bad Nauheim, and an associate professor at the Department of Internal Medicine, Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany. She received her undergraduate degree from Osmania University, and Master of Science in Biotechnology from Central University, India. Dr. Pullamsetti´s research interest lies in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying Pulmonary Hypertension and Pulmonary Fibrosis with the goal of developing novel therapeutic strategies.

More on her work here.