In the last round of ERC Proof of Concept 2020 call two more researchers were funded. Prof. Dr. Kerem PEKKAN from Koç University with his project titled "BloodTurbine: Fully implantable patient-specific Artificial Hearts without External Power" and Assoc. Prof. Fatih Ömer İLDAY from İhsan Doğramacı Bilkent University with his project titled "SUPERSONIC: Supersonic material ablation at THz repetition rates for ultra-efficient laser micromachining" will be supported with a total of 300.000 Euros.
The European Research Council (Europen Research Council (ERC) funds the frontier research projects and the scientists who will carry out these projects only according to the criteria of scientific excellence, and especially supports projects involving multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, new ideas and unusual innovative approaches. The funds covered by Proof of Concept calls are provided for additional work to verify the commercial / socio-economic potential of projects and contribute to the commercialization of their ideas, in addition to the ERC funds previously supported by ERC.
Prof. Dr. Kerem PEKKAN was awarded an ERC Starting Grant in 2012 and received 2 Million Euros funding for his project titled VASCULARGROWTH. In addition, PEKKAN received another ERC Proof of Concept project in 2014: KidsSurgicalPlan.
Assoc. Prof. Fatih Ömer İLDAY was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2013 and received 2 Million Euros funding for his NLL project.