Four Irish projects to share €10m of EU research funding

Money will support work on topics such as farm animal genetics, extreme trauma, Victorian-era books

Dan Bradley, professor of population genetics at Trinity College Dublin, is to evaluate ancient genetic characteristics of farm animals to help write new chapters on ancient human history.

Dan Bradley, professor of population genetics at Trinity College Dublin, is to evaluate ancient genetic characteristics of farm animals to help write new chapters on ancient human history.

Four Irish researchers are to benefit from a total of €10 million in grants to study the ancient genetic make-up of farm animals, complete a data analysis of 36,000 Victorian-era books, examine the impact of extreme trauma and investigate novel substances that could reduce energy and carbon footprints.

The European Research Council (ERC), an EU institution, has allocated €2.5 million to each of the projects under its “advanced grant” programme, which seeks to facilitate exploration of the most daring and creative ideas.

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