ERC Ideas Starting Grants

Who ResearchFacultyYear
Jasmin BlanchetteJasmin Blanchette is developing a new generation of automatic theorem provers that will be able to derive theorems in expressive logics, with applications to verification of software and design of programming languages.FS2016
Nadia DominiciNadia Dominici investigates the neural mechanism underlying the emergence of walking in children. She aims in particular to elucidate the reorganization of the brain and the muscular activity accompanying the altered development of walking in children with locomotor impairments. She aims to apply the results of these studies to the identification of optimal rehabilitation techniques for children with cerebral palsy.FBMS2016
Nienke van AtteveldtNienke van Atteveldt investigates the interplay between the beliefs students have about their learning abilities (their mindset) and their actual learning, and whether the neural processing of feedback explains this interplay.FBMS2016
Jopshua TyburJosh Tybur researches how people detect and respond to pathogens, and how these anti-pathogen strategies influence our personality, our health behaviors, and our attitudes toward foods.FBMS2015
Jorien VonkJorien Vonk investigates the release of organic matter from thawing permafrost into aquatic systems, and the role this has on global climate.FELS2015
Tom Grossman

Tom Grossmann works on peptide-inspired bioactive molecules that are used to disrupt interactions between proteins and RNA. Such molecules hold the potential to serve as blue prints for new therapeutic agents.

daniel Balliet 2015Daniel Balliet investigates how people infer their interdependence with others in social interactions, and the role this has in regulating cooperation.FPE2014
Stefan WitteStefan Witte develops methods to do microscopy without using lenses, enabling miniaturised imaging systems and soft-X-ray microscopes.FS2014
Toby Kiers Toby Kiers investigates how plants and fungal partners employ economic strategies to optimize the trade of nutrient resources.FELS2013 
Thomas Wurdinger Thomas Wurdinger investigates the crosstalk dissection of brain tumors and normal stem cells.  VUmc2013 
Sonja Utz examines whether and how the use of social media (can) help people to receive more emotional support and non-redundant information.FSS2012
Peter Verburg investigates how human agency can be represented in global land change models.FELS2012
Guido van der Werf investigates how deforestation impacts the global carbon cycle and the climate system.FELS2011 
Sander Koole investigates how people can use the body to manage their emotions. FPE 2011 
Jacqueline Vink studies the complex interplay of genes and environmental influences in substance use (nicotine, alcohol, caffein and cannabis) and addiction. FPE 2011 
emptyemptyemptyRoberta Croce studies the molecular mechanisms that allow photosynthetic organisms to deal with fluctuating environmental conditions.FS2011
Little is known on how activity of neurons in the brain is orchestrated to focus our thoughts and direct our attention. Huib Mansvelder uses an optogenetics approach to uncover causal relations underlying neuronal control of attention behaviour.FELS2011
Most software is only available in binary form - without source code. Herbert Bos works on novel techniques for reverse engineering, to enable one to map an existing binary back to readable source code.FOS2010
Molecular machines constantly process DNA. Gijs Wuite reconstructs these processes in a test tube and investigates them using the tools and methods of physicists.FOS2010
emptyCaroline Waerzeggers conducted research on the degree to which post-exilic changes in the practice of worship and social organization in Jerusalem were inspired by Babylonian models during her stay at VU University Amsterdam.ARTS 2009 
emptyArianna Betti is rewriting Tarski’s semantic revolution through the inclusion of axiomatic developments from Bolzano to the Polish school of logic.PHIL2008
emptyBas van der Klaauw conducts research on the effect of government interventions in the labour market and the relationship between health and labour market results.FEBA 2008 
emptyemptyDavide Iannuzzi is developing a new technology in the field of scale-model devices: the ‘fiber-top’ technology. FOS2008
emptyemptyRick Bethem is creating a molecule fountain in which molecules are slowed down, cooled and launched 10-50 cm before they fall back again as a result of gravity.FOS2008
Hagit Amirav is focusing in her research on the history of the interpretation of the bible; rhetoric in the broadest sense of the word.TH2008
 emptySabrina Corbellini conductes research on the ‘late-Middle Ages cultural revolution’ and its socio-cultural context: the production, dissemination and use of the bible in the vernacular during her stay at VU University Amsterdam.ARTSempty2008