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European Research Council Grants at Trinity

European Research Council grants are designed to support outstanding researchers and to advance frontier research.

They are prestigious, large-scale personal grants that fund cutting-edge research across all academic fields. Trinity researchers have performed exceptionally in the ERC Programme and Trinity has consistently been the top Irish university for grants secured.

Trinity welcomes applications from both internal and external candidates to support top researchers across all fields of scholarship and all career stages.

To explore the option of applying for an ERC grant through Trinity contact the Research Development Office.


Advanced Grants

Project Principal Investigator Year Awarded
STONE-WORK: Collective achievement in Anglo-Irish architectural production, 1700-1800 Christine Casey 2022
VOICES: Life and Death, War and Peace, c.1550-c.1700 Voices of Women in Early Modern Ireland Jane Ohlmeyer 2022

4D-BOUNDARIES: Printing spatially and temporally defined boundaries to direct the self-organization of cells and cellular aggregates to engineer functional tissues

Daniel Kelly 2020
DESTRESS: Death Receptors as Integrators of Stress-induced inflammation Seamus Martin 2020
TERRAFORM: The evolution of land plant functional traits and how they terraformed Earth Jennifer McElwain 2020
AncestralWeave: 1,000 ancient genomes: gene-economy innovation in cattle, sheep and goat Daniel Bradley 2019
Metabinnate: Metabolic crosstalk in the regulation of inflammation Luke O’Neill 2018
FOUNDCOG: Curiosity and the Development of the Hidden Foundations of Cognition Rhodri Cusack 2017
FUTURE-PRINT: Tuneable 2D Nanosheet Networks for Printed Electronics Jonathan Coleman 2015
NorFish: North Atlantic Fisheries: An Environmental History, 1400-1700 Poul Holm 2014
CodeX: Decoding Domesticate DNA in Archaeological Bone and Manuscripts Daniel Bradley 2012
COGNET: Cognitive Networks for Intelligent Materials and Devices John Boland 2012
Oculus: A radical approach for improved glaucoma treatment Peter Humphries 2012
MicroInnate: An exploration into the role of microRNAs in innate immune signaling Luke O’Neill 2010

Consolidator Grants

Project Principal Investigator Year Awarded
CosmicLeap: Unveiling the origins of white-dwarf explosions Kate Maguire 2023
PiezoMac: Piezoceutical biomaterial scaffolds for immunomodulatory-based myocardial repair Michael Monaghan 2023
DIGINEQ: Digital Time Use, Adolescent Well-Being and Social Inequalities Pablo Gracia 2022
FAIM: Finding All Integrable Models Marius De Leeuw 2022
NK InSight: Exploring Natural Immunity in Retinal Neovascular Disease Sarah Doyle 2022
LITHO3: Quantifying the formation and evolution of the Archaean lithospheric mantle Emma Tomlinson 2021
Theatronomics: the Business of Theatre, 1732-1809 David O’Shaughnessy 2020
Mod-L-T: Models for Lignocellulose Thermochemical Conversion Stephen Dooley 2020
PaCE: The Patterns of Conflict Emergence: Developing an Automated Pattern Recognition System for Conflict Thomas Chadefaux 2020
NovelEco: Societal Attitudes to Urban Novel Ecosystems Marcus Collier 2020
IndDecision: A neurally-informed behavioural modelling framework for examining individual and group difference in perceptual decision making Redmond O'Connell 2019
Retina Rhythm: Investigating the role of the inner retina in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) Matthew Campbell 2019
Personalised Medicine for Intervertebral Disc Regeneration: Integrating Profiling, Predictive Modelling and Gene Activated Biomaterials Conor Buckley 2019
ASTROFLOW: The influence of stellar outflows on exoplanetary mass loss Aline Vidotto 2018
DC_Nutrient: Investigating nutrients as key determinants of DC-induced CD8 T cell responses David Finlay 2017
DOUBLE EXPRESS: Gene expression level as a keystone to understanding gene duplication: evolutionary constraints, opportunities, and disease Aoife McLysaght 2017
3D2DPrint: 3D Printing of Novel 2D Nanomaterials: Adding Advanced 2D Functionalities to Revolutionary Tailored 3D Manufacturing Valeria Nicolosi 2015
GEOFIN: Western banks in Eastern Europe: New geographies of financialisation Martin Sokol 2015
CutLoops: Loop amplitudes in quantum field theory Ruth Britto 2014
JointPrint: 3D Printing of Cell Laden Biomimetic Materials and Biomolecules for Joint Regeneration Danny Kelly 2014
SHARECITY: Assessing the practice and sustainability potential of city-based food sharing economies Anna Davies 2014
Supramol: Towards Artificial Enzymes: Bio-inspired Oxidations in Photoactive Metal-Organic Frameworks Wolfgang Schmitt 2014

Starting Grants

Project Principal Investigator Year Awarded
E-Beans: Exoplanets and Belts of Exocomets Around Nearby Stars Luca Matrà 2023
BIO4D: Bioinspired Composite Architectures for Responsive 4Dimensional Photonics Colm Delaney 2022
CMP: Corporate Moral Progress Kenneth Silver 2022
GEOFORMATIONS: Developing new frameworks for just governance models Susan Murphy 2022
AI-DEMON: Artificial intelligence design of molecular nano-magnets and molecular qubits Alessandro Lunghi 2020
HABIT: Making and Breaking Habits Claire Gillan 2020
APCG: Arabic Poetry in the Cairo Genizah Mohamed Ahmed 2019
ARCHAIC ADAPT: Admixture accelerated adaptation: signals from modern, ancient and archaic DNA Emilia Huerta-Sanchez 2019
TechChild: Just because we can, should we? An anthropological perspective on the initiation of technology dependence to sustain a child’s life Maria Brenner 2018
Chemlife: Artificial micro-vehicles with life-like behaviour Larisa Florea 2018
FOODCULT: Food, Culture and Identity in Ireland, 1550-1650 Susan Flavin 2018
ODYSSEY: Open dynamics of interacting and disordered quantum systems John Goold 2017
REACT: REsponsive theranostic nanosystems for Advanced Cancer Treatment Eduardo Ruiz-Hernandez 2017
Superstars: Type la supernovae: from explosions to cosmology Kate Maguire 2017
MEME: Memory Engram Maintenance and Expression Tomás Ryan 2016
FAT NKT: Targeting iNKT cell and adipocyte crosstalk for control of metabolism and body weight Lydia Lynch 2015
HurdlingOxoWall: Late First-Row Transition Metal-Oxo Complexes for C–H Bond Activation Aidan McDonald 2015
PRILA: Prisons: the Rule of Law, Accountability and Rights Mary Rogan 2015
EyeRegen: Engineering a scaffold based therapy for corneal regeneration Mark Ahearne 2014
FibreRemodel: Frontier research in arterial fibre remodelling for vascular disease diagnosis and tissue engineering Caitriona Lally 2014
Human Decisions: The Neural Determinants of Perceptual Decision Making in the Human Brain Redmond O’Connell 2014
PEDAL: Plasmonic Enhancement and Directionality of Emission for Advanced Luminescent Solar Devices Sarah McCormack 2014
CiliaMechanoBio: Primary Cilium-Mediated Mesenchymal Stem Cell Mechanobiology in Bone David Hoey 2013
DOSE: Dosage sensitive genes in evolution and disease Aoife McLysaght 2012
QUEST: Quantitative electron and spin transport theory for organic crystals based devices Stefano Sanvito 2012
2DNanoCaps: Next Generation of 2D-Nanomaterials: Enabling Supercapacitor Development Valeria Nicolosi 2011
SEMANTICS: Semiconducting and Metallic nanosheets: Two dimensional electronic and mechanical materials Jonathan Coleman 2010
STEMREPAIR: Novel mesenchymal stem cell based therapies for articular cartilage repair Daniel Kelly 2010

RLPHARMFMRI: Beyond dopamine: Characterizing the computational functions of midbrain modulatory neurotransmitter systems in human reinforcement learning using model-based pharmacological fMRI

John O’Doherty 2009
NBO: Novel Biomimetic Organocatalysts Stephen Connon 2007

Synergy Grants

Project Trinity PIs Year Awarded
4-OCEANS: Human History of Marine Life: Extraction, Knowledge, Drivers & Consumption of Marine Resources, c.100 BCE to c.1860 CE Poul Holm and Francis Ludlow 2022