As of December 2017, one of the greatest achievements of Koc University in terms of sponsored R&D projects is in the area of European Research Council (ERC) grants. In addition to Kerem Pekkan’s (Starting Grant), Özgür Barış Akan’s (Consolidator Grant, transferred to the UK in 2017) and Hakan Urey’s (Advanced Grant) projects from the College of Engineering, Koç University’s success in this program increased throughout Horizon 2020.
In 2014, Cory Dunn from Molecular Biology and Genetics was awarded a Starting Grant (transferred to Finland in 2017). Furthermore, in February 2015, Sedat Nizamoglu (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) decided to transfer his Starting Grant received at Ozyegin University, to Koc University. By 2017, five more ERC grants were hosted by Koç University: Again from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Elif Nur Firat Karalar received a Starting Grant. Erdem Kabadayi (Department of History) transferred his ERC Starting Grant to Koç University, Alp Atakan (Department of Economics) was awarded a Consolidator Grant (transferred to the UK in 2017), Erdem Yörük (Sociology) and Seda Keskin (Chemical and Biological Engineering) were awarded Starting Grants.
Consequently, as of December 2017, with transfers in and out, Koç University is the most successful higher education institution in Turkey in bids for ERC grants, coordinating 8 of the 15 active projects in Turkey. In addition, under Horizon 2020, Hakan Ürey’s ongoing ERC project has received two “ERC Proof of Concept” grants for the commercialization of technology outputs, and Kerem Pekkan’s ongoing ERC project has received one such grant.
KU is also currently the most successful institution (including industry organizations) in Turkey after TÜBİTAK under Horizon 2020. The university is hosting 10 million Euros worth of Horizon 2020 projects.
In 2017, 65 new projects were supported externally. These projects had a value of approximately 46 million TL. At the end of 2017, the total number of ongoing projects is 168, with a present value of 198 million TL.
The graph below shows the number of research projects granted by funding institutions between January 2004 – December 2017.