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24 Aug 2016

Four new ERC Starting Grants for IST Austria Professors

Four Assistants Professors at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) are to receive Starting Grants from the European Research Council (ERC). Computer scientist Bernd Bickel, mathematician Jan Maas, neuroscientist Gaia Novarino and evolutionary biologist Beatriz Vicoso secured an award, each with a budget value of approximately EUR 1.5 million. IST Austria President Thomas Henzinger congratulates the awardees: “ERC Starting Grants recognize young talented scientists for their excellent research. With four more Starting Grants for IST Austria researchers, the total number of our ERC-funded projects has now risen to 27. This success strongly confirms our recruiting strategy.” The ERC Starting Grants scheme targets promising scientists who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders in their respective fields.

In 2016, faculty members at IST Austria secured seven ERC Grants. In addition to Bernd Bickel, Jan Maas, Gaia Novarino, and Beatriz Vicoso having been successful within the Starting Grant scheme, neuroscientists Peter Jonas and Ryuichi Shigemoto as well as physicist Robert Seiringer received ERC Advanced Grants this year.

 ISTA Press Release

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