Schedel will present her findings in Washington this weekend at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, whose responsibility includes the Marie Curie Actions fund, said: "Without support from the EU, this pioneering medical research might not be taking place. I applaud the dedication of young scientists like Michaela, who are carrying out work which could dramatically change the lives of millions of people."
The UK has among the highest prevalence rates of asthma symptoms in children worldwide, with 1.1 million currently receiving treatment. Some 5.4 million adults are also receiving treatment, according to figures released by Asthma UK. The condition affects 100 million people in Europe and three times as many worldwide.