Two researchers in Ireland win top European awards

The European Research Council (ERC) has announced the names of two senior researchers – Professor Peter Humphries and Professor Robert Kitchin – who will each receive a prestigious ‘Advanced Grant’ of up to €2.5 million to develop ideas at the frontiers of knowledge and build their own research teams.

Professor Humphries, from Trinity College Dublin, was awarded the grant for his project exploring and developing new avenues for the prevention of glaucoma – a leading cause of blindness if left untreated. And Professor Kitchin, from the National University of Ireland Maynooth, was awarded the grant for his project analysing the creation of smart cities, using Dublin as one of his case studies.

The two researchers are among 302 top researchers awarded €680 million in EU funding by the European Research Council (ERC).

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