Eight Irish researchers awarded starter grants from European Research Council

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded its first research grants under Horizon Europe. Almost 400 researchers have been awarded a total of €619m.

The funded research encompasses a wide range of disciplines, including medical applications of AI, and designing a legal regime for influencer marketing.

Female researchers won around 43pc of grants, an increase from 37pc in 2020. Among those funded were eight Irish researchers awarded starter grants totalling around €12m in funding.

Dr Ciarán Seoighe, deputy director general of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), said: “The 2021 ERC Starting Grants were the most competitive in history so it is particularly impressive to see Ireland double its number of awardees from 2020 to 2021 in this highly prestigious programme,” said 

Dr Gráinne Walshe, assistant director of the Irish Research Council said: “European Research Council grants are among the most prestigious of any funding body worldwide and the eight awards announced today are evidence of the quality of individual researchers across all disciplines in the Irish research system.”

Maynooth University

Dr. Aisling McMahon

University College Cork

Dr. Maria Rodriguez Aburto

Dr. Piotr Kowalski

Dr. Lijuan Qian

University of Limerick

Dr. Eoghan Cunnane 

Dr. Sarah Guerin 

University College Dublin

Dr. Alice Mauger

Dr. Ailise Bulfin