In 2011, two Irish researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences received prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starter Grants. ERC Starting Grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders to establish or consolidate research teams and to embark upon independent research in Europe. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. It will support the creation of excellent new research teams and will strengthen others that have been recently created. Starter Grants are worth up to €1.5 million for up to five years. The new awardees are as follows:
• Professor Seán O’Riain (NUI Maynooth): for his project ‘New Deals in the New Economy’ •
Dr. Clionadh Raleigh (TCD) for her project entitled ‘Conflict Landscapes and Life Cycles: Exploring and predicting African political violence’.
In addition, Professor Dan Bradley (TCD) won an ERC Advance Grant for his project ‘Decoding Domesticated DNA in Archaeological Bone and Manuscripts’. ERC Advanced grants allow exceptional established research leaders of any nationality and any age to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk projects that open new directions in their respective research fields or other domains. ERC Advanced Grants are worth up to €2.5 million for up to five years.