Radboud University

ERC Starting Grants

ERC Starting Grants are awarded to talented young scientists, with over three and up to eight years of experience since completion of PhD. The 1.5 milion euro grants give them the opportunity to form their own research group.

Awards at Radboud University:


  • Hans Rutger Bosker: Human speech production and perception, specifically audiovisual communication
  • Tim Kietzmann: How does visual semantic understanding emerge in the brain?
  • Willem Velema: The function of RNA in cells > Read more
  • Andrea Ravignani: The evolutionary roots of the human capacity for rhythm
  • Rogier Kievit: The cognitive dynamic with children
  • Geert Litjens: How improved AI can help cancer research


  • Inge Molenaar: AI to teach students self-regulated learning
  • Nadine Hauptmann: Quantifying electron-electron forces at the atomic scale


  • Esther Aarts: The downward obesity spiral
  • Niels Niessen: Are digital platforms changing our vision of humanity?
  • Evan Spruijt: The origin of cells
  • Connie de Vos: The birth of a sign language on Bali


  • Kim Bonger: 'Seeing Citruline: a Molecular Toolbox for Peptidyl Arginine Deiminases
  • Shari Boodts: Patristic sermons in the Middle Ages. The dissemination, manipulation and interpretation of late-antique sermons in the medieval Latin West’
  • Peter Schwabe: 'Engineering post-quantum cryptography
  • Tamar Sharon: Googlization of health


  • Thomas Boltje: New Chemical Tools for Precision Glycotherapy


  • Jasmin Mecinovic: Unravel what drives the recognition and interactions between molecules
  • Miriam Schmidts: Research into the genetic disorder Ciliopathy


  • Janneke Jehee: Investigate how people make decisions on the basis of noisy sensory information
  • Martijn Koster: Active citizenship in Rotterdam, Manchester, Recife (Brazil) and Cochabamba (Bolivia)
  • Floris de Lange: Perception and decision making and how context influences visual perception
  • Alexandra Silva: Design new abstractions for programming of networks at the Programming Principles, Logic and Verification Group of University College London
  • Martijn Verdoes: Set up a chemical, immunological platform aiming to develop new molecules that will counteract the immunosepression in tumours


  • Teun Bousema: Research into the spread of malaria
  • Stijn Buitink: Search for short bursts of radio emission created by cosmic particles in the Earth's atmosphere
  • Mike Cohen: Theta oscillations in the midfrontal cortex
  • Boran Kartal: Develop an innovative bioreactor that reduces greenhouse gas emissions
  • Anouk de Koning: The experiences of Egyptian immigrants in Amsterdam, Milan and Paris