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Published: 2024-02-23 Updated: 2024-04-08, 09:01

Curie millions for postdoctoral research in Umeå

NEWS Four research projects with postdocs at Umeå University receive funding from the European Commission within the framework of the highly regarded Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) programme.

Text: Ola Nilsson

The grants within MSCA are applied for in fierce competition and are considered to be among the most prestigious in all of Europe. The postdoc programme gives outstanding young researchers the chance to work and develop their skills in another country, while the host university has the opportunity to attract promising international excellence.

In this round, the European Commission will award a total of €260 million in funding to 1,249 postdoctoral researchers across the Union. Four of them are located at Umeå University.

  • Anton Kirch receives €222,727 for the project Understanding the ion distribution in LECs (UNID), with Ludvig Edman as supervisor.

  • Valentin L'hôte receives 206 887 euro for Investigating the regulation of the senescence-associated secretory phenotype by mitochondrial DNA metabolism for the development of novel senotherapies (MitoDNASen) with Sjoerd Wanrooij as supervisor.

  • Malgorzata Graul receives 206 887 euro for Molecular mechanisms behind filovirus entry and egress: the role of viral glycoprotein glycosylation (EBOVmembrinteract), with Marta Bally as supervisor.

  • Marie Sorin receives 206 887 euro for Structural and mechanistic basis of key intracellular steps of enterovirus infection (EnteroInfection), with Lars-Anders Carlson as supervisor.

In total, more than 8,000 projects applied for funding, of which just over 15 per cent have been granted. Two more projects at Umeå University are on the reserve list.

Drives research forward

For MSCA, mobility is a key factor. The programme takes its name from the Polish researcher Marie Skłodowska-Curie, whose studies in France laid the foundation for her future success. She was the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize and the only scientist to have been awarded two Nobel Prizes in different scientific categories, physics and chemistry.

The importance of the grant can also be illustrated by the fact that Emmanuelle Charpentier is a former MSCA fellow.

Read more on the European Commission's website