On 9 December, the European Research Council (ERC) announced the winners of the ERC Consolidator Grant competition. Inga Berre, professor at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Bergen, longstanding partner of the University of Stuttgart and member of SFB 1313’s advisory board, is one of them. She and her team received the grant for their project “MaPSI – Mathematical and Numerical Modelling of Process-Structure Interaction in Fractured Geothermal Systems”. The project will develop new mathematical models and numerical methods and use these in simulation of processes in geothermal systems that have not been possible to quantify before. This way, we can better understand important aspects of, for example, high temperature and supercritical geothermal systems, which will be important for the production of a larger range of geothermal resources”, Berre explains.
SFB 1313’s researchers Rainer Helmig (spokesman and principal investigator of the research projects A02 and C02) and Bernd Flemisch (principal investigator of research project D03) of the Department of Hydromechanics and Modelling of Hydrosystems (LH2) will be external collaborators of MaPSI.
About the ERC Consolidator Grants (ERCCoG)
ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support mid-career researchers. The funding is part of the EU’s current research and innovation program, Horizon 2020, and worth in total €655 million. With this support, the new grantees will be able to consolidate their teams and have far-reaching impact. The research projects proposed by the new grantees cover a wide range of topics in physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, as well as social sciences and humanities. The funding - up to €2 million per grant - is provided for up to five years and mostly covers the employment of researchers and other staff to consolidate the grantees' teams.
About the ERC
The European Research Council, set up by the European Union in 2007, is the premiere European funding organization for excellent frontier research. Every year, it selects and funds the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age, to run projects based in Europe. It offers four core grant schemes: Starting, Consolidator, Advanced and Synergy Grants. With its additional Proof of Concept grant scheme, the ERC helps grantees to bridge the gap between grantees' pioneering research and early phases of its commercialization.