VIB welcomes new Marie Curie fellows


Each year, the EU launches calls for postdoc research fellowships through the Marie Sklodowksa-Curie Actions. Fellowships provided through these actions support researchers regardless of age and nationality. Researchers working across all disciplines are eligible for funding. The prestigious two-year funding of Marie Curie fellowships attracts an enormous number of applications. Consequently, these fellowships are very competitive with a typical success rate of around 12%. VIB, however, manages to maintain a success rate of around 27%. The standing of these fellowships also provides an excellent springboard for the launch of an outstanding research career.

3 accomplished VIB Scientists receive ERC Consolidator grants


Established scientists with 7 – 12 years of research experience demonstrating that they can run their own labs are eligible for Consolidator Grants from the European Research Council. This funding, specifically targeting high risk/ high gain projects, totals approximately 2 million euro per scientist. In November of 2016, three of our very own top researchers, Stein Aerts (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research), Martin Guilliams (VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research) and Rouslan Efremov (VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology) were awarded Consolidator Grants, bringing the total number of such ERC grants won by VIB scientists up to 43.

ERC Consolidator Grants for three VIB scientists


The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded 3 VIB scientists a consolidator grant: Stein Aerts (VIB-KU Leuven), Martin Guilliams (VIB-UGent) and Rouslan Efremov (VIB-VUB). These 'consolidator grants' are rewarded to scientists (PhD 7-12 years) who already showed that they are able to run their own lab. The European Research Council's grant allows them to anchor the start of a high risk/high gain program, feasible through this recognition of nearly 2 Mio€ per scientist.