Note: on 1 January 2023, Université de Rennes 1 became the University of Rennes. All prizes and distinctions awarded before this date were awarded to Université de Rennes 1 or its research partners.
The European Research Council's Funding Programme
Since 2007, the European Research Council (ERC) has provided individualised support to scientists of all ages and nationalities wishing to conduct profoundly new research. In particular, the ERC funds projects that span beyond disciplinary boundaries, as well as pioneering ideas in new and emerging research areas, for applications initiating unconventional and innovative approaches.
The projects selected for ERC funding were selected on the basis of international expert advice, with excellence (of the applicant and the project) as the sole criterion.
The ERC offers three main types of grants depending on the career advancement of the researchers: Starting, Consolidator or Advanced Grants. These grants are awarded for a maximum period of five years and, where appropriate, ERC laureates may apply for an additional year of funding dedicated to maximising the results of ERC projects. These grants are called "Proof of Concept".
In Rennes, the Plateforme projets européens (2PE) - Bretagne informs potential applicants about the terms and conditions of the ERC calls for proposals and supports the application files of lecturers and professors employed by the universities or schools on the site. Researchers employed by research organisations (CNRS, INRIA, INRA, etc.) are supported by the dedicated structures and services of these organisations.
Claudia Bartoli, biologist
HoloE2Plant: Proving the influence of microbiota on our evolution through an innovative experimental co-evolutionary approach.
Serge Cantat, mathematician
GOAT: Groups of algebraic transformations. New tools to study algebraic transformations of arbitrary dimension.
Stéphanie Delaune, cryptologic computer scientist
"With mathematics, I test the security of contactless systems."
Ludovic Favereau, chemist
"Designing new innovative and multifunctional molecular materials for tomorrow's organic electronics"
Rémi Gribonval, computer scientist
"My algorithms can reconstruct missing data from an incomplete set."
Guillaume Guérin, geochronologist
"Following in the footsteps of the Neanderthals through time and space: towards the identification of Europe's oldest cultural entity."
Joris Heyman, hydrogeologist
"My objective in the CHORUS project is to highlight the fundamental impact of chaotic dynamics on mixing in porous environments."
Marie Klepikova, hydrogeologist
"I assess the role of groundwater dynamics in shaping the thermal regime of the critical zone, which encompasses the atmosphere and right down to the first layers of the Earth's crust."
François Lique, astrochemist
"I'm using computation to characterise the competition between inelastic and reactive collisions of molecules in the interstellar medium."
Maud Marchal, computer scientist
"I'm interested in physical simulation, haptic feedback, 3D interactions, virtual reality and their medical applications."
Claire Mérot, biologist
"How do structural variations in the genome contribute to climate change resilience?"
Ernest Pastor, physical chemist
"How do defects impact the steps in the catalytic mechanism and therefore the efficiency and selectivity of (photo)electrochemical reactions?"
Fabrice Pointillart, chemist
"Can we revolutionise data storage with molecule-based magnets (MBMs)?"
Tanguy Rouxel, professor in mechanics
"What are the strength factors of glass and how can they be enhanced?"
André Seznec, computer scientist
"Further improving microprocessor predictions leads me to defy Amdahl's Law."
Ian Sims, astrochemist
"I am developing a unique machine to better understand the chemical evolution of interstellar clouds."
Philippe Steer, geomorphologist
"Do earthquakes and floods shape the long-term landscape of mountain ranges?"