The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded NERF Principal Investigator Emre Yaksi a Starting Grant for his work on the senses of smell and taste. The project aims at unraveling how smell and taste signals are represented in the brain and how the brain processes this information and compares it to the internal states (feelings) and elicits behavior. The Yaksi lab will study the brain circuit architectures and function that underlie these computations in the zebra fish.
The ERC Starting Grant, which amounts to almost €1.5 million over 5 years, is one of the most prestigious grants for young researchers in the European Union.
On July 19th 2013, the ERC released the names of the 287 new ERC Starting Grant awardees. Given the impressive amount of 3.329 applications, the overall success rate for this call was only 9%. 109 of these ERC Starting Grants were dedicated to the field of Life Sciences.