Every year, top researchers apply to the European Research Council (ERC) for funding. The highly remunerated ERC Advanced Grants are particularly sought after. Patrick Cramer, Max Planck Director and vice speaker of the MBExC in Göttingen, was successful for the third time – an exceptional achievement. The biochemist investigates how cells use the information stored in the genome. His work on the regulation of this fundamental process is now being funded with around two million euros.