East Netherlands


ERC Advanced Grants: 4 researchers from East Netherlands region awarded

Smart Health

The European Research Council (ERC) announced the winners of its 2021 Advanced Grants competition. Among the 253 winners are 27 researchers from Dutch universities, four of whom are from the East Netherlands.

Funding from the Advanced Grants, totaling 624.6 million euro, is intended to support excellent scientists and scholars with a proven track record and good research results. After Germany and the United Kingdom, the Netherlands has the highest number of granted requests.

Radboudumc, Radboud University and Wageningen University & Research
Radboudumc houses two researchers who will receive funding, Roshan Cools (‘Balancing brain chemicals for boosting meta-control’) and Peter Friedl (‘From understanding to rational design of next generation cancer therapies’). And Ivan Toni of Radboud University will receive funding for research project ‘Human communication as joint epistemic engineering’. Anita Hardon of Wageningen University & Research will work on the research ‘Embodied Ecologies: A collaborative inquiry into how people sense, know, and act to reduce chemical exposures in everyday urban life.’

These grants are in line with the ambition of the East Netherlands region to provide affordable healthcare through technology for healthy and rehabilitative people.

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: “The ERC Advanced Grants support ground-breaking researchers throughout Europe. It gives our talents the possibility to realise their creative ideas. Their pioneering work contribute to solve the most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges.”