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.

Stein Aerts: “Receiving such a prestigious grant is enormously stimulating. We will use this grant to continue our work on decoding enhancer logic, as well as to explore more risky ideas and new areas such as mouse models, deep machine learning, proteomics and synthetic biology. Huge thanks to all our collaborators – it has been great fun so far, and we have exciting times ahead!”

Martin Guilliams: “Getting the ERC is wonderful! The whole team worked very hard for it. It’s exciting to realize that with this grant in combination with the excellent scientific environment of the VIB-UGent , we will be able to execute the ambitious research project we’ve been dreaming about.”

Rouslan Efremov: “I see this grant as a fantastic opportunity to pursue ideas I’ve been nourishing for years, and also as a sign of confidence from the scientific community. It is my responsibility to bring these ideas to life.”

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