ERC Grants

The department of criminology currently hosts 3 researchers with prestigious Grants of the European Research Council (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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