In the European comparison of the latest round of calls for proposals, the Max Planck Society is behind the French CNRS (26 grants) and shares second place with ETH Zurich (also 11 grants). In a Germany-wide comparison, the MPG leads the ranking. Other successful German institutions are the Helmholtz Association (10 grants), the Leibniz Association and the TU Munich (5 grants each). The ERC Starting Grants are endowed with an average of 1.5 million euros and are intended to help ambitious young researchers start their own projects, form their teams and pursue their best ideas. One of the grantees is Benjamin Peter, a researcher in the Department of Evolutionary Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.