Irish University Researchers Awarded €16M under the ERC Consolidator Grant 2022

Eight researchers from Irish Universities have been awarded under the European Research Council Consolidator Grant 2022 call, for a total value of approximately €16M. With projects ranging from gender violence to musicology, this amazing outcome will result in new research teams all over Ireland.

ERC Consolidator Grants are aimed at distinguished scientists who have between seven and twelve years’ experience following their PhDs, to help them to pursue excellent research ideas.

Dr Chiara Loda, ERC (SSH) and Cluster 2 National Contact Point with the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie Office, based at the Irish Universities Association welcomed the awards saying “This result shows the strength of Irish research applicants and the institutions who are behind the continuous support to applicants. Also, with six awards out of eight to Social Science and Humanities scholars, these awards speak about the value and potential of this disciplinary area.”

The Irish Research Council holds the national support roles for ERC (SSH) and Cluster 2. The National Contact Point service is carried out by the IUA under a partnership with the IRC, the national support agency for Horizon Europe Cluster 2 and joint NCP for ERC.

List of awarded projects and their Principal Investigators:

First name Last name University Country Acronym Proposal Title
Chiara BONFIGLIOLI University College Cork IE WO-NAM Women and Non-Alignment in the Cold War era: biographical and intersectional perspectives
Aoife DALY University College Cork IE YOUTHCLIMATEJUSTICE Child-friendly justice for the climate crisis: Post-paternalist judgments, litigation, participation
Marius DE LEEUW Trinity College Dublin IE FAIM Finding All Integrable Models
Sarah DOYLE Trinity College Dublin IE NK InSight Exploring Natural Immunity in Retinal Neovascular Disease
Irial GLYNN University College Dublin IE SOS Solidarity, Sovereignty, and Sanctuary on the Seas:  A Global History of Boat Refugees since the 1940s
Aisling SWAINE University College Dublin IE GENCOERCTRL Gender, Conflict and Coercive Control:  A Feminist Phenomenological Expansion of Conflict-related Harm
Erin MCCARTHY University of Galway IE STEMMA Systems of Transmitting Early Modern Manuscript Verse, 1475–1700
Karen DESMOND Maynooth University IE BROKENSONG Polyphonic Singing and Communities of Music Writing in Medieval Britain and Ireland, c. 1150 to c. 1350



Notes to the editor

About the European Research Council (ERC)

The ERC, set up by the European Union in 2007, is the premier European funding organisation for excellent frontier research. It funds creative researchers of any nationality and age, to run projects based across Europe. The ERC offers four core grant schemes: Starting Grants, Consolidator Grants, Advanced Grants and Synergy Grants. With its additional Proof of Concept Grant scheme, the ERC helps grantees to bridge the gap between their pioneering research and early phases of its commercialisation. The ERC is led by an independent governing body, the Scientific Council. Since 1 November 2021, Maria Leptin is the President of the ERC. The overall ERC budget from 2021 to 2027 is more than €16 billion, as part of the Horizon Europe programme, under the responsibility of the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel.

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