News from the CRG
Three scientists at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona have been awarded €5 million from the European Research Council (ERC), part of the European Union’s science programme, in recognition of their outstanding research.
The funding, known as ERC Starting Grants, will help the scientists build their own teams and conduct pioneering research in cancer, ageing and evolution. This year Spain received twenty ERC starting grants, with half the funding destined for research centres based in Barcelona.
Sara Sdelci, a Group Leader running a lab in the CRG’s gene regulation, stem cells and cancer research programme, is one of the recipients. Her project EPICAMENTE will explore the roles of enzymes in cancer proliferation.
Arnau Sebé-Pedrós, Group Leader in the Systems Biology research programme, has received funding for EvoCellMap, a project tracing the origin and evolution of animal cell types.
Nick Stroustrup, also a Group Leader in the Systems Biology research programme, is the third recipient of funding for his project SYSAGING, which aims to develop new ways of mapping the molecular changes associated with ageing and disease.
ERC Starting Grants are awarded to talented early-career scientists, supporting them to work independently for up to five years. This year, 408 early-career researchers across Europe were selected from 3109 proposals, sharing a total of €603 million between them.