Six Irish-based researchers successful in obtaining European Research Council Starting Grants



Posted: 27 July, 2018

Six Irish-based researchers have been awarded prestigious Starting Grants by the European Research Council. The awardees who have secured funding for ground-breaking research across the sciences, social sciences and humanities are:

  • Maria Brenner — Trinity College Dublin;
  • Larisa Florea — Trinity College Dublin;
  • Emilia Huerta Sanchez — Trinity College Dublin;
  • Ríona Nic Congáil — National University of Ireland, Galway;
  • Mike Quayle — University of Limerick; and
  • Ted Vaughan — National University of Ireland, Galway.

Funding from the Irish Research Council has supported a number of these awardees. Ríona received a Postgraduate Scholarship from the Irish Research Council in 2006. This was followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2010, a New Foundations Networking Award in 2013 and an ELEVATE Fellowship in 2014. Both Ted and Larisa currently hold Irish Research Council Laureate Awards, with Larisa also having received an EMBARK Postgraduate Scholarship from the Irish Research Council in 2009.

Together, Maria, Ríona and Mike have secured €4.21 million for projects in the social sciences and humanities. The new awardees’ curiosity-led research covers a diverse range of themes such as the initiation of technology in the care of children with complex healthcare needs, European language preservation and the analysis of opinion dynamics in social networks.