ERC Grants

ERC Grants

Seven BGSMath Faculty members have been awarded ERC Grants, the most competitive grants for European scientists, since the Institute’s foundation: four Consolidator Grants, two Starting Grants and one Advanced Grant. Six of the projects are still ongoing.


Starting Grants are for talented early-career scientists who have already produced excellent supervised work, are ready to work independently and show potential to be a research leader.
Consolidator Grants are designed for scientists who want to consolidate their independence by establishing a research team and continuing to develop a success career in Europe or have recently created an independent, excellent research team and want to strengthen it.
Finally, Advanced Grants are for established, leading principal investigators who want long-term funding to pursue a ground-breaking, high-risk project.


The important number of ERC grants we obtained throughout the years proves BGSMath’s scientific leadership in Europe in core and applied mathematics.

Marcel Guàrdia, UPC (Dynamical Systems)

Associate professor of UPC, has been awarded with a ERC Starting Grant 2017 for his project  Instabilities and homoclinic phenomena in Hamiltonian systems. Marcel obtained his mathematics degree at FME and his Ph.D. degree at UPC under the direction of Teresa Martínez-Seara. After postdoctoral stays in Pennsylvania State University, the Fields Institute (Toronto),  University of Maryland, a Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) and Université de Paris 7 – Denis Diderot, he is now in Barcelona where he recently won the Barcelona Dynamical Systems Price from the Societat Catalana de Matemàtiques.

The list of ERC starting grants of 2017 can be found here.

Albert Guillén i Fàbregas, UPF (Information Theory)

ICREA Research Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Guillén has been awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2016 call (2017-2022) for developing  the project “Information Theory with Uncertain Laws”. (Other consolidator grants of the 2016 call can be found here).

Albert Guillén was the recipient of an ERC Starting Grant from 2011 to 2016.

Irene Arias, UPC (Mathematical Modelling)

Associate professor at LaCàN (UPC), Irene Arias has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant in the 2015 call (2016-2021) for developing  the project “Flexoelectricity engineering through modelling and simulation”. (Starting grants of the 2016 call can be found here).  She graduated as a Civil Engineer at UPC and obtained a Ph.D. from Nortwestern University (USA). After a postdoctoral stay in Caltech she obtained a Marie Curie Reintegration grant and joined the LaCàN group at UPC.

Víctor Rotger, UPC (Number Theory)

Professor at the mathematics department of (UPC), Víctor Rotger was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant in the 2015 call (2016-2021) for developing  the project “Euler systems and the conjectures of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer and Bloch-Kato (BSD)”.   He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Barcelona and was a long term visitor in the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Mumbai), Humboldt-Universitat (Berlin), the Aristotle University (Salonika) and the McGill University (Montréal).Nortwestern University (USA).

Marino Arroyo, UPC (Mathematical Modelling)

Professor at LaCàN (UPC), Marino Arroyo was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant in the 2015 call (2016-2021) for developing  the project “Epithelial cell sheets as engineering materials: mechanics, resilience and malleability (EpiMech)”.   He obtained a Ph.D. from Nortwestern University (USA) and was a postdoctroal fellow at Caltech. He was the recepient of several international awards and an ERC Starting Grant.

Albert Atserias, UPC (Discrete Mathematics)

Associate professor at the Departament de Ciències de la Computació  (UPC), Albert Atserias was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant in the 2014 call (2015-2020) for developing  the project “A unified theory of algorithmic relaxations (AUTAR)”.   He obtained his Ph.D. in Computer Sience from The University of California at Santa Cruz and enjoyed visiting research positions at several prestigious institutions.

Xavier Tolsa, UAB (Analysis)

Xavier Tolsa is an ICREA Research Professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He obtained his Ph.D. in mathematics from UAB and enjoyed postdoctoral years at the Universit of Gotteborg and at Paris Sud in Orsay (Paris). In 2012 he was awarded an ERC Advanced Grant to develop the project ”Geometric analysis in the Euclidean space“, from 2012 to 2017.