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.

Every year VIB encourages group leaders to apply for ERC grants and supports them when they do. With these three new ERC grants, VIB has reached the impressive number of 43 ERC-grants.

Recognition for VIB researchers (from different VIB campuses)

Stein Aerts (VIB-KU Leuven): “Receiving such a prestigious grant is enormously stimulating. We have been awarded the ERC Consolidator Grant to continue our work on decoding enhancer logic, but also to explore more risky ideas and new areas such as mouse models, deep machine learning, proteomics and synthetic biology. Big thanks to all our collaborators, it has been great fun so far, and we have exciting times ahead!"

Martin Guilliams (VIB-UGent): "Getting the ERC is wonderful! The whole team worked very hard for it. It’s very exciting to realise that with this ERC grant and the excellent scientific environment of the VIB Inflammation Research Center we will be able to execute the ambitious research project we have been dreaming about."

Rouslan Efremov (VIB-VUB): "I see this grant as a fantastic opportunity to pursue ideas I have been nourishing for years, but also as  a sing of confidence form scientific community and responsibility for making these ideas come to life."

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