Koç University Horizon Europe update, July 2024


By the end of July 2024, Koç University researchers have been awarded 25 projects, with total contributions of about €17.65M, under Horizon Europe. Our first Horizon Europe grant agreement (a coordinatorship under EIC Transition Challenges 2021) was signed on 26.03.2022. So far KU has participated in 210 Horizon Europe proposals, with 18 still under evaluation.

Prof. Sedat Nizamoğlu is now among Türkiye’s first two researchers who have received two ERC grants (STG-2014 and COG-2021), both hosted at KU.

Assoc. Prof. Elif Nur Fırat Karalar is now Türkiye’s first woman researcher who has received two ERC grants (STG-2015 and STG-2022), both hosted at KU.

Prof. Seda Keskin Avcı has also been awarded her second ERC grant (COG-2023), following her STG-2017 project.


  • STG-2021: Levent Beker, “2ND-CHANCE : Implantable sensors and ultrasonic data link with triggered bioresorption for next-gen wireless cardiac monitoring” (€2.5M)
  • COG-2021: Sedat Nizamoğlu, “MESHOPTO : Retinal Mesh Optoelectronics” (€2M)
  • POC2-2022: Erdem Yörük, “POLITUS: AI Based Data Platform for Fair Social Policies” (€150K)
  • POC2-2022: Mustafa Erdem Kabadayı, “GeoAI_LULC_Seg : A GeoAI-based Land Use Land Cover Segmentation Process to Analyse and Predict Rural Depopulation, Agricultural Land Abandonment, and Deforestation in Bulgaria and Turkey, 1940-2040” (€150K)
  • POC2-2022: Mehmet Cengiz Onbaşlı, “SuperPHOTON : 2D Topological Superconducting Single Photon Detector Devices” (€150K)
  • STG-2022: Elif Nur Fırat Karalar, “SatelliteHomeostasis: Spatiotemporal regulation of centriolar satellite homeostasis” (€1.6M)
  • STG-2022: Barış Yıldız, “GoodMobility: A New Perspective on City Logistics: Concepts, Theory, and Models for Designing and Managing Logistics as a Service” (€1.5M)
  • STG-2022: Selim Erdem Aytaç, “DEPOLARIZE: Affective Polarization and Democratic Attitudes” (€1.5M)
  • STG-2023: Fatma Güney, “ENSURE : ENabling Self-Driving in Uncertain Real Environments” (€1.5M)
  • COG-2023: Seda Keskin Avcı, “STARLET : Atomistic Modeling of Advanced Porous Materials for Energy, Environment, and Biomedical Applications” (2M €)
  • POC1-2024: Levent Beker, “BladderWatch: Wearable Ultrasound for Continuous Bladder Monitoring” (€150K)


  • 2021-TRANSITIONCHALLENGES-01-01: Hakan Ürey, “KATSIM : Cataract Simulator Diagnostics Device Development Using Computational Holographic Displays” (coordinatorship, €2M consortium, €1M KU budget)


  • HLTH-2024-CARE-04-04-two-stage: İlker Kayı, “EQUICARES: Community-driven Healthcare Access and Mental Health Promotion for Inclusive, Equitable, and Resilient European Societies” (ortaklık, 462K €)


  • 2021-DEMOCRACY-01-03: Bertil Emrah Oder, “FIERCE: Feminist Movements Revitalizing Democracy in Europe” (partnership, €197K)
  • 2022-TRANSFORMATIONS-01-09: Ahmet İçduygu / Migration Research Center, “FAiR: Finding Agreement in Return” (partnership, €111K)
  • 2023-TRANSFORMATIONS-01-01: Sibel Kıran, “R-Map: Mapping, understanding, assessing and predicting the effects of remote working arrangements in urban and rural areas” (partnership, €302K)


  • 2022-TWIN-TRANSITION-01-07: Barış Tan, “AUTO-TWIN: Data-driven method based on a process mining approach for Automated Digital Twin generation, operations, and maintenance in circular value chains” (partnership, €370K


  • 2023-COMMUNITIES-01-1: Başak Can, “INSPIRE: Supporting the inclusion, wellbeing, and growth of rural areas through multi-actor Smart Villages labs for enhanced governance frameworks” (partnership, 256K €)


  • 2021-PF: Hadi Mirzajani, “HAMP: Heart Attack Monitoring Patch” (European, €149K)
  • 2021-PF: Uğur Aygün, “EXCEED: Exosome Characterization Platform for Early Detection of Breast Cancer” (Global, €266K)
  • 2021-PF: Secondment partner  – “FONDACO : Healing and Learning in the Fondaco: A Forgotten Network of Knowledge in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Mamluk and Ottoman Levant, 1400-1700” (European, 0 €)
  • 2022-PF: Secondment partner – “SEINE : 2-Dimensional Graphene/MoS2 HeteroStructures as AnodE Compartment of SodIum IoN BattEries” (European, 0 €)
  • 2022-DN: Can Erkey, “PROSAFE : Smart Integration of Process Systems Engineering & Machine Learning for Improved Process Safety in Process Industries” (partnership, €220K)
  • 2023-DN: Ahmet İçduygu, “EuroMedMig PhD Network” (partnership, 219K €)


  • Twinning 2021: Ahmet İçduygu / Migration Research Center, “BROAD-ER: Bridging the Migration and Urban Studies Nexus” (coordinatorship, €1.4M consortium, €730K KU budget)
  • Twinning 2022: Aslı Mert. “NEXUS: Twinning Research and Innovation Institutions to Design and Implement Inclusive GEPs” (partnership, €36K)
  • Excellence Hub 2023: Evren Yantaç, “HERIFORGE: Cultural heritage and immersive technologies for innovation forge” (partnership, 601K € – grant agreement prep. stage)