ERC Grants

The department of criminology currently hosts 3 researchers with prestigious Grants of the European Research Coucil (ERC).

  • Jean-Louis van Gelder: Project “CRIMETIME - How short-term mindsets encourage crime and how the future self can prevent it” - ERC Consolidator Grant 772911, Start date 1 April 2018, End date 31 March 2024
  • Isabel Thielmann: Project KNOW-THYSELF – Increasing Self-Knowledge to Promote Moral Behavior - ERC Starting Grant 101039433, Start date 1 November 2022 , End date 31 October 2027
  • Hannes Rusch: Project MANUNKIND – Determinants and Dynamics of Collaborative Exploitation - ERC Starting Grant 101040002, Start date 1 December 2022, End date 30 November 2027


The ERC Consolidator Grants support excellent researchers whose independent research group is in its consolidation phase. They are granted to researchers with 7-12 years of experience since completion of PhD, a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal. They provide financing of up to 2 million euro.

Talented young researchers at the start of their independent careers are the target group for ERC Starting Grants. They are granted to scientists with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD who have already produced excellent supervised work, are ready to work independently and show potential to be a research leader. Up to 1.5 million euro can be awarded.

The applicants’ success rate in both competitions is estimated at under 15%.

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