ERC Ideas Advanced Grants

Pieter Rein ten Wolde 2020In the project OCP Pieter Rein ten Wolde will combine measures from information theory and ideas from statistical physics to derive the fundamental limit to the prediction accuracy. He will determine how close living cells can come to this limit as set by resource constraints to build and operate the sensing system – protein copies, time, and energy. Finally, he will use this theoretical framework to set up experiments that will make it possible to test whether two specific biological systems, bacteria and yeast cells, have implemented the uncovered design principles for optimal cellular prediction.
Jeroen Aerts 2020In his COASTMOVE project, Jeroen Aerts will investigate the effects of rising sea levels on migration in coastal areas worldwide. His aim is to develop a simulation model to answer the question “Will people in coastal areas defend their communities and settlements or will they move away?” The ultimate aim of the model is to produce a simulation for all of the world’s coastal areas.
Gijs Wuite 2020In his MONOCHROME project, Gijs Wuite will produce the first mechanical map of chromosomes to gain insight into the structure and organization of DNA in chromosomes. Using the cutting-edge technology of ‘optical tweezers’, he can attach chromosomes extracted from cells to microscopic spheres.SCIENCE2019
Jan Theeuwes 2019
Jan Theeuwes (cognitive psychology) has been awarded for his research project entitled ‘What to expect when you are not expecting it: How implicit regularities drive attentional selection’, focusing on implicit learning and how this process affects our perception and attention. Although we already know a lot about ‘statistical learning’ when learning a language or, for example, when learning complex movements, we still don’t know much about how this process affects our perception and attention.
Danielle Posthuma 2019
Professor of Complex Trait Genetics Danielle Posthuma will develop innovative calculation methods and experimental set-ups that can bridge the gap between genetics and neurosciences, applied to brain-related properties.
Sergey Nezhentsev 2019
Sergey Nejentsev's research group at Amsterdam UMC receives 2,160,926 euros for their search for new treatments for tuberculosis. This amount will be divided over five years. "New treatment options are desperately needed to win the war against this bacterium," says Professor Nejentsev of the Department of Molecular Cell Biology and Immunology.
Erwin Peterman 2018
Erwin Peterman will investigate how cells can measure information from their environment. Many of our cells have a cilium, a hair-shaped protuberance, with which they can receive signals from the environment, such as chemical signals (smelling, tasting), mechanical signals (feeling) or light (seeing). The cilium not only works like a kind of antenna, it also looks a bit like this. Peterman will investigate the relationship between the function of the cilium, the structure and a specific continuous transport mechanism in the cilium, IFT (intraflagellar transport).
MCrul ERC advanced
Maurice Crul will investigate how the process of integration works for people of Dutch origin if they form a numerical minority in their new living environment. What conditions or circumstances are needed to achieve a silent integration in super-diverse cities?
Kjeld EikemaKjeld Eikema will test one of the most successful theories in physics, Quantum Electrodynamics (QED), in a new manner with helium+ ions. QED is an important part of the so-called Standard Model which describes all elementary particles and their interactions.SCIENCE
Wim Ubachs 2015Wim Ubachs searches for physical phenomena beyond the Standard Model of Physics through laser precision measurements in molecules and astronomical observations.SCIENCE
Eus van Someren 2015Eus Van Someren applies large-scale internet and ambulatory assessment, MRI and HD-EEG for early detection of insomniacs at risk of depression and for optimization of preventive interventions.SCIENCE
Yvette van kooykYvette van Kooyk uses new nanotechnologies to develop vaccines against infectious diseases and cancer.VUmc2013
Bert KlandermansBert Klandermans does international comparative research into participation in political parties and protest movements.FSW2013
 Marlies Glasius will investigate how authoritarian rule is affected by and responding to globalisation of information and communication, association, and people movement.FSW2012 
 Aat Liefbroer studies cross-national variation in the links between childhood disadvantage, family formation, and later-life outcomes.FSW2012 
 Matthijs Verhage investigates the gene networks responsible for the secretion of chemical signals from nerve cells in our brain.VUmc / SCIENCE2012 
 Jan Theeuwes investigates the effects of (monetary) rewards on visual perception and attention.FGB2012 
Piet Mulders conducts research on the quark and gluon structure of subatomic particles to provide new ideas for experiments to uncover the secrets underlying the Standard Model of Particle Physics.SCIENCE
 Gert Kwakkel investigates the role of brain plasticity for recovery of body functions and activities after stroke.VUmc / SCIENCE2011 
Cees Withagen and Rick van der Ploeg investigate pitfalls and paradoxes in the design of climate policy.SBE
In nature the pigments important in photosynthesis are bound to proteins. Rienk van Grondelle will use ultrafast lasers to study how the protein environment has optimized the process of photosynthesis.SCIENCE
Erik Verhoef investigates the functioning, failing, and steering networks in movement and transport.SBE
Gary Marks investigates the causes and consequences of a major policy development—multilevel governance—the dispersion of authority away from central states to subnational and supranational levels. FSW2009 
emptyDorret Boomsma conducts research on the role played by genetic factors in the differences between people in terms of illness, health and behaviour.FGB2008
emptyAndrew Tanenbaum conducts research on reliable and safe system software. SCIENCE