Cambridge researchers awarded European Research Council funding

Five researchers at the University of Cambridge have won consolidator grants from the European Research Council (ERC), Europe’s premiere funding organisation for frontier research.

Three hundred and twenty-seven mid-career researchers were today awarded Consolidator Grants by the ERC, totalling €655 million. The UK has 50 grantees in this year’s funding round. The funding is part of the EU’s current research and innovation programme, Horizon 2020.

The ERC Consolidator Grants are awarded to outstanding researchers of any nationality and age, with at least seven and up to 12 years of experience after PhD, and a scientific track record showing great promise.

The research projects proposed by the new grantees cover a wide range of topics in physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, as well as social sciences and humanities.

From the University of Cambridge, the following researchers were named as grantees:


Vasco Carvalho, Professor of Macroeconomics and Director of Cambridge-INET

Project title: Micro Structure and Macro Outcomes.


Professor Tuomas Knowles of the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry

Project title: Digital Protein Biophysics of Aggregation.


Dr Neel Krishnaswami of the Computer Laboratory

Project title: Foundations of Type Inference for Modern Programming Languages.


Dr Kaisey Mandel of the Institute of Astronomy and the Statistical Laboratory of the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics.

Project title: Next-Generation Data-Driven Probabilistic Modelling of Type Ia Supernova SEDs in the Optical to Near-Infrared for Robust Cosmological Inference.


Professor Silvia Vignolini of the Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry

Project title: Sym-Bionic Matter: developing symbiotic relationships for light-matter interaction.