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€1.5 million ERC grant awarded to DIT researcher Dr. Mary Rogan

Posted: 7 December, 2015

ERC announces 10% of applicants to receive 2015 Starting Grants

The European Research Council (ERC) has announced the award of 291 Starting Grants to researchers across Europe.  Dr. Mary Rogan, Assistant Head of School of Languages, Law and Social Science in DIT, has been awarded funding of €1.5 million under the grant scheme for her project entitled Prisons: the Rule of Law, Accountability and Rights.  Dr. Rogan’s application was one of nearly 3000 received by ERC.  It was selected for funding under the Social Sciences and Humanities domain, and is one of just six projects in Ireland to receive the prestigious research grant. 

Following the official announcement on 04 December, Dr. Rogan said: “"I hope this funding will improve policy and practice in imprisonment. I am very interested in using my research to support the policymaking process and this funding will enhance my ability to do so. I will put together a team of three postdocs, two PhD students  and MPhil student, and a research assistant to conduct the research. I am very grateful for the support I have received from the European Research Council, and the assistance I received in making the application".  

Dr. Brian O’Neill, Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services in DIT, said the award was a huge tribute to the quality of Dr. Rogan’s research.  “Dr. Rogan is established as a leading researcher in the field of criminology, criminal law and the prison experience.  Her work is important for human rights, and for how we shape our society and our social policy.  Her project has received the maximum funding available under the Starting Grants scheme, which is indicative of the value ERC has placed on its potential usefulness.”

Recipients of the awards can be of any nationality but conducting their research in an organisation located in an EU member State or Associated Countries.  Just 10% of applicants were successful on this occasion, in a funding round of €429 million.  The funding (a maximum of €1.5 million per grant) is provided over a period of up to five years.  Researchers must have between two and seven years’ experience since completion of their PhD or equivalent, and a scientific track record ‘showing great promise’.  The Starting Grant is intended to enable them to set up their own research teams and pursue ground-breaking ideas.  The funded research covers all disciplines in the following domains – physical sciences and engineering; life sciences; and social science and humanities.  A full list of projects to receive grants is available here.