University of Twente

European Research Council | ERC Starting Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) encourages the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support investigator-driven frontier research across all fields.

The ERC Starting Grant is aimed at supporting researchers of any nationality with two to seven years of experience after completing their PhD. The grant helps to establish their independence in research. Their scientific track record therefore needs to show great promise and is accompanied by an excellent research proposal. The starting grants provide up to € 1.5 million for a maximum period of five years.

€ 1.5 million for research regarding needle-free injections

David Fernandez Rivas is assistant professor at the Mesoscale Chemical Systems group from the University of Twente. In the Bubble Gun project, he is working on a revolutionary needle-free injection technology that will be able to be predictable, reproducible, and efficiently inject liquids in soft matter.

This technology is highly relevant in a wide range of applications, such as additive manufacturing, coating modifications, and the delivery of drugs and vaccinations. Especially the latter has a bright future outlook as it can potentially replace unconformable needle-based procedures in healthcare. To achieve this breakthrough David and his team will advance knowledge in a wide range of fields, including microfluidics, physics, and bioengineering. Read more about Fernadez Rivas and his research project in the news article written by the University of Twente.

Proud to have supported | reviewing ERC Starting Grant proposal

David Fernandez Rivas received a prestigious € 1.5 million grant from the ERC. “My next goal is to study the energy partition between the creation of bubbles, the formation of liquid jets, and the penetration of these jets into soft substrates.” – David Fernandez Rivas

Hezelburcht is proud to announce that we supported Fernandez Rivas by reviewing his ERC proposal in multiple review rounds.

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