The mission of the European Research Council (ERC) is to encourage the highest quality research in Europe and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields on the basis of scientific excellence, with the goal of attracting the best talents from abroad and strengthening the European research system. So far, in total eighteen starting or established scientists have been awarded an ERC grant during their appointment at the Institute, to perform ground-breaking scientific projects. This section shows the ERC projects that are currently ongoing.