The ERC Advanced Grant: Horizon Europe finances Castiello and Piccolo of the University of Padua with approximately 6 million euros


More excellent results from the Horizon Europe programme, which includes the funding of 100 billion euros by the European Commission between 2021-2027, with the announcement of the 2022 ERC Advanced Grant to two Principal Investigators from the University of Padua – Umberto Castiello and Stefano Piccolo. Thus reconfirming the high quality of the research carried out in our University.

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European Research Council (ERC) grants are among the most competitive in Europe and support cutting-edge research by funding visionary and highly innovative projects, proposed by researchers of high profile at an international level, in a wide range of scientific fields.

The ERC Executive Agency announces the results of the ERC Advanced Grant 2022 call.

Rector Daniela Mapelli comments, “The University of Padua demonstrates its commitment to promoting excellence in cutting edge research as it is ranked first in Italy for the number of Advanced Grants awarded thanks to the high level of research carried out within our university for the second year in a row.  Our esteemed congratulations to Umberto Castiello and Stefano Piccolo for their awarding of ERC Advanced Grants, may their projects grow towards scientific progress in their respective fields of research."

Fabio Zwirner, Vice Rector for Research, offers further congratulations, “A project analysing the intentional behaviours of organisms without a central nervous system, such as plants, and another that delves into tissue physiology to trace a multidimensional atlas behind the biology of aging. Two different, yet both fascinating topics, are recognized with funding by the European Union and also from me, a heartfelt congratulations to the two recipients, Professor Castiello and Professor Piccolo. Following the spirit of the ERC, the project submitted by Castiello dared to go beyond consolidated schemes, while Piccolo joins the exclusive club of Italians awarded with an Advanced Grant twice.”