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Excellent research in the field of Astrophysics

At the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics (ITA) we conduct top class research in cosmology, extragalactic astrophysics and solar physics. The large portfolio of externally funded projects confirms ITA's position as a competitive and attractive participant in the European Research Area.

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EU-financed projects at ITA

ITA is actively participating in the EU-Framework programmes for research and development. In combining research and innovation with emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges, the goal is to ensure that Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation. 

Projects funded within FP7 and Horizon 2020 programs

The ongoing research projects EU-financed belong to the past FP7 framework, for the period 2007-2013, and to the current Horizon2020 framework, for the period 2014-2020.

Horizon 2020 is the largest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years.

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ERC grants 

The European Research Council (ERC) is part of the Excellence pillar in H2020 and funds excellent scientific projects that can lead to scientific and technological discoveries. logo ERC council

The award of a grant from ERC is among the most prestigious funding a researcher can receive. 

Researchers at ITA have received six grants from the European Research Council (ERC) so far. 

Overview over the EU-funded projects at ITA

Acronym Title Programme name Project leader
AtLAST Towards an Atacama Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope H2020 - Research and Innovation programme  Ass. prof. Claudia Cicone
WHOLE SUN The Whole Sun Project: Untangling the complex physical mechanisms behind our eruptive star and its twins H2020 - ERC 2018 Synergy Grant Prof. Mats Carlsson
COSMOGLOBE Cosmoglobe -- mapping the universe from the Milky Way to the Big Bang H2020 - ERC 2018 Consolidator Grant Prof. Ingunn Kathrine Wehus
Bits2Cosmology Time-domain Gibbs sampling: From bits to inflationary gravitational waves H2020 - ERC 2017 Consolidator Grant Prof. Hans Kristian Kamfjord Eriksen
SolarALMA ALMA – The key to the Sun’s coronal heating problem H2020 - ERC 2015 Consolidator Grant Assoc. prof. Sven Wedemeyer
SOLARNET Integrating High Resolution Solar Physics

H2020 - 2018 Infrastructure

Prof. Mats Carlsson
PRE-EST Preparatory Phase for the European Solar Telescope H2020 - 2016 Research Infrastructures, including e-Infrastructures Prof. Mats Carlsson
BeyondPlanck Beyond Planck -- delivering state-of-the-art observations of the microwave sky from 30 to 70 GHz for the next decade H2020 - 2017 Enabling exploitation of space data Prof. Hans Kristian Kamfjord Eriksen


The anisotropic universe -- a reality or fluke?

FP7-IDEAS- 2010 ERC Starting Grant

Prof. Hans Kristian Kamfjord Eriksen


Physics of the Solar Chromosphere

FP7-IDEAS- 2011 ERC Advanced Grant

Professor Mats Carlsson


High-Resolution Solar Physics Network


Professor Mats Carlsson


Flare Chromospheres: Observations, Models and Archives


Professor Mats Carlsson


Research projects

Overview over the ongoing research projects at ITA and RoCS.

Research sections

At ITA research is conducted in two main fields, along which we find two specialised research sections.

Research at the MN- Faculty

EU projects at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science. 

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