Success Stories

Our aim for each client we work with is for them to be successful in Horizon Europe. We have had the pleasure of working with many different Coordinators, research groups and individual researchers, providing advice and consultancy on their research proposal, and sharing their joy when they were awarded funding. Below are some selected examples:

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Title: An alliance of European marine research infrastructure to meet the evolving needs of the research and industrial communities.


Introduction: An alliance for implementing marine research on clean and healthy oceans

With our oceans and seas playing a key role in monitoring climate change, marine research is very important for a better understanding of the changes in our environment and the effects these changes pose for our future. The ocean is difficult to explore and requires specialist vessels and equipment which the EU-funded EurofleetsPlus project is providing. With a fleet of 27 state-of-the-art research vessels from European and international partners, marine researchers and scientists will have the opportunity to work with the best marine equipment and infrastructures, exploring the ocean in ways that have not been possible until now, ultimately enabling scientists to better conduct their research. The alliance will prioritise supporting innovation and research on clean and healthy oceans.

Funding Call: H2020-INFRAIA-2018-1

Overall budget: € 9 999 360,58


Project Status: Ongoing Project (Start date 1 February 2019, End date 31 October 2023)

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Title: Microbiome Applications for Sustainable food systems through Technologies and Enterprise


Introduction: Although microorganisms dominate almost every ecological niche in our planet, it has only been during the past 10-15 years that we have begun to gain insights into the composition and function of microbial communities (microbiomes) as a consequence of major advances in High Throughput DNA sequencing (HTS) technologies. These approaches have allowed a comprehensive analysis of microbiomes for the first time. Following initial curiosity-driven investigations of microbiomes using HTS technologies, the field has evolved to harness the insights provided, leading to the development of a new multi-billion euro industry focused on characterisation and modulation of microbiomes. The vast majority of this investment has been in the clinical space. In contrast, far less is known about microbiomes across complex food chains, making it difficult to harness food-chain microbiome data for the development of more sustainable food systems and to yield innovative products and applications. This is despite the evident importance of microbes throughout the food chain. MASTER will take a global approach to the development of concrete microbiome products, foods/feeds, services or processes with high commercial potential, which will benefit society through improving the quantity, quality and safety of food, across multiple food chains, to include marine, plant, soil, rumen, meat, brewing, vegetable waste, and fermented foods. This will be achieved through mining microbiome data relating to the food chain, developing big data management tools to identify inter-relations between microbiomes across food chains, and generating applications which promote sustainability, circularity and contribute to waste management and climate change mitigation. We will harness microbiome knowledge to significantly enhance the health and resilience of fish, plants, soil, animals and humans, improve professional skills and competencies, and support the creation of new jobs in the food sector and bioeconomy.

Funding Call: H2020-SFS-2018-1

Overall budget: € 12 264 008,53


Project Status: Ongoing Project (Start date 2 January 2019, End date 1 January 2023)

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Title: People, Place, Policy and Practice for Play


Introduction: New research opportunities in the occupation of play

Europe needs more researchers in occupational science and occupational therapy – a profession dedicated to assisting individuals in everyday living. In the whole of the EU, only five Member States offer PhDs in occupational therapy. No country offers PhDs in occupational science. The EU-funded P4PLAY project is a European Joint Doctorates (EJD) programme that will develop a new understanding of the occupation of play – mutually engaged in by parents and young children and believed to be central to the development of social competence – and play deprivation. EJD will create the first advanced trans-European occupational therapy doctoral training programme aiming to prepare high quality specialised physicians for innovative research and services in occupational science and therapy.

Funding Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2019

Overall Budget: € 2 275 640,64


Project Status: Ongoing project (Start date 1 March 2020, End date 29 February 2024)

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Title: Arctic and North Atlantic Security and Emergency Preparedness Network


Introduction: Innovation platforms for Arctic and North Atlantic security

Successful interactions between security and emergency response institutions in the Arctic and the North Atlantic hinge on the provision of new research and innovation programmes. In this context, the EU-funded ARCSAR project will establish international best practices and propose innovation platforms. The project will advise on their integration and promote the industrialisation of results. The project will detect innovations that could address capability issues and other gaps, improve performance, and designate priorities as regards common capabilities demanding additional standardisation. ARCSAR will study whether more measures are needed to respond to composite challenges, including surveillance and mobilisation in case of danger, emergency response capability in search and rescue (SAR), protection against environmentally unfriendly and terrorist actions.

Funding Call: H2020-SEC-2016-2017-2

Overall budget: € 3 885 272,50


Project Status: Ongoing Project (Start date 1 September 2018, End date 29 February 2024)


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Title: Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe


 Introduction: The CAROLINE Fellowship Programme proposed by the Irish Research Council (IRC) will provide a unique opportunity for researchers to further develop their skills, competencies and experience through inter-sectoral collaboration with NGOs and International Organisations (IO). Proposals will be invited from all disciplines that speak to the overarching theme of global sustainable development as set out under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for shared economic prosperity, social development, and environmental protection. CAROLINE will fund 50 experienced researchers across two modes; International Fellowships (three-year) and Irish Fellowships (two-year). The IRC, a national agency, funds excellent research across all disciplines. Unique aspects of CAROLINE include the European and global resonance of the overarching research theme, the inclusion of NGO and IO partners with the host research performing organisations, flexibility in secondments, comprehensive approaches to equal opportunities and gender aspects, and dedicated core training and career support activities. Research outcomes and activities of the CAROLINE Fellows will benefit Europe, given the significance of the theme to Europe 2020, e.g. in employment, climate change and energy, education, and poverty reduction. CAROLINE will deliver experienced researchers with enhanced skills in inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary research and better access to a wider set of future career opportunities. The IRC has built an impressive array of support for this proposal from stakeholders in Ireland, Europe and internationally, including research performing-organisations, NGOs, IOs and other partners.

Funding Call: H2020-MSCA-COFUND-2015

Overall budget: € 9 204 000


Project Status: Completed Project (Start date 2 June 2016, End date 1 June 2021)

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Title: Ocean-based Negative Emission Technologies – analyzing the feasibility, risks, and cobenefits of ocean-based negative emission technologies for stabilizing the climate


Introduction: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on Global Warming underlines that all projected actions aiming to limit warming up to 1.5 °C also require the use of negative emission technologies (NETs). So far, the majority of NETs studies have focused on land-based technologies, which are unlikely to be a sufficient climate mitigation measure to compliment emission reductions. Knowledge of ocean-based technologies that may have a higher capacity to remove and store carbon, is still limited. The EU-funded OceanNETs project will explore the feasibility, positive and negative impacts of ocean-based NETs and demonstrate whether they can play a substantial and sustainable role in medium-to-long-term actions to limit warming. Additionally, the impacts of ocean-based NETs on society and the Earth system, as well as the effects of ocean-based and land-based NETs interactions, will be assessed.

Funding Call: H2020-LC-CLA-2019-2

Overall budget: € 7 310 895


Project Status: Ongoing Project (Start date 1 July 2020, End date 30 June 2024)

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Title: Solutions for the mushroom industry to emerging disease threats from Trichoderma and Virus


Introduction: The MushTV Consortium is a network of 17 mushroom compost producers, grower associations, businesses and research organisations from across Ireland, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium and Poland working together to tackle real industry concerns. One of the key challenges facing the mushroom industry is the regulatory obligation to adopt an ‘Integrated Pest Management’ (IPM) approach to pest and disease control, as stipulated in the Sustainable Use of pesticides Directive 2009/128/EC (SUD), in order to safeguard our environment and the consumer.

Two compost-related diseases concerned the MushTV network at the start of this project; ‘compost green mould’ caused by Trichoderma aggressivum and ‘Brown Cap Mushroom Disease’ which causes mushrooms to turn brown and loose quality. Both can infect at an early stage in the cycle and severely reduce production. In addition, the industry has few chemical products available to control disease outbreaks so it relies heavily on understanding the biology of the problem organisms and excellent hygiene standards. Another area of concern was finding IPM-compatible products for the control of other diseases such as Cobweb, Dry Bubble and Wet Bubble for when they get out of control as there are few products available for use. Research outputs from the MushTV project have resulted in major advances being made in our knowledge and understanding of all these diseases: how they spread and how they can be controlled, and this has enabled us to provide practical IPM solutions, technologies and advice to the sector.

Funding Call: FP7-SME-2011

Overall budget: € 3 424 926,24

Coordinator: Agricultural Catchments Programme

Project Status: Completed Project (Start date 1 January 2012, End date 31 March 2015)

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Title: Smart Protein for a Changing World. Future-proof alternative terrestrial protein sources for human nutrition encouraging environment regeneration, processing feasibility and consumer trust and accepta


Introduction: Developing future-proofed protein supply chains

Proteins are essential nutrients for the human body. All food made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts and seeds are considered part of the protein group. The main challenge is ensuring global access to healthy diets from sustainable food systems. The EU-funded SMART PROTEIN project is addressing this issue through future-proofed protein supply chains with a positive impact on the bio-economy, environment, biodiversity, food and nutrition security and consumer trust. It is validating and demonstrating innovative, cost-effective and resource-efficient plant protein products from fava bean, lentil, chickpea and quinoa. Microbial biomass proteins will be created from edible fungi by upcycling side streams from pasta (pasta residues), bread (bread crust) and beer (spent yeast and malting rootlets) industries.

Funding Call: H2020-SFS-2019-1

Overall budget: € 9 607 843,75


Project Status: Ongoing Project (Start date 1 January 2020, End date 30 June 2024)


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Introduction: A dual degree training programme addresses two sides of the same coin

Polyurethanes are among the most versatile plastic materials and are virtually ubiquitous. They are found in products such as the foams of mattresses and couches, in building insulation and in coatings and paints, to name just a few. Conventionally, polyurethanes are produced in a reaction relying on isocyanate molecules and polyols. However, growing evidence supports the potential health hazards of occupational exposure to isocyanates, and polyols are primarily derived from fossil fuels. The EU-funded NIPU project is tackling this two-pronged challenge by providing training to bright minds, leading to double doctoral degrees in two different countries. Stimulating the development of sustainable and safe non-isocyanate polyurethanes will ensure the booming polyurethane industry and the sectors it serves keep moving full steam ahead.

Funding Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020

Overall budget: € 3 168 250,20

Coordinator: UNIVERSITE DE MONS Germany

Project Status: Ongoing Project (Start date 1 January 2021, End date 31 December 2024)

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Title: Spatial thinking in STEM learning: Training a new generation of researchers to increase enrolment and gender balance in STEM learning by addressing deficits in spatial ability among children in Europe


 Introduction: Addressing barriers to STEM learning for all

Although STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education plays a key role in sustainable growth and stability and encourages critical thinking and innovation, enrolment in STEM subjects among young Europeans remains low. In fact, the large gender gap in spatial ability in favour of males means females are over-represented in the low spatial ability group and more disadvantaged in STEM learning. The EU-funded SellSTEM project will train early-stage researchers (ESRs) to bring new insights into how to tackle the low enrolment and recruitment rates and the large gender gap in STEM education. The project will (i) train ESRs to collect and analyse spatial ability data from children, (ii) develop innovative ways to raise spatial ability above existing levels and (iii) work with teachers to find ways to sustainably embed these new approaches into classroom practice.

Funding Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020

Overall budget: € 4 037 154,48


Project Status: ongoing Project (Start date 1 January 2021, End date 31 December 2024)

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Title: Development of new chemical imaging techniques to understand the function of water in biocompatibility, biodegradation and biofouling


Introduction: Water is the first molecule to come into contact with biomaterials in biological systems and thus essential to the processes of biodegradation, biocompatibility and biofouling. Despite this fact, little is currently known about how biomaterials interact with water. This knowledge is crucial for the development and optimisation of novel functional biomaterials for human health (e.g. biosensing devices, erodible biomaterials, drug release carriers, wound dressings). BioWater will develop near and mid infrared chemical imaging (NIR-MIR-CI) techniques to investigate the fundamental interaction between biomaterials and water in order to understand the key processes of biodegradation, biocompatibility and biofouling. This ambitious yet achievable project will focus on two major categories of biomaterials relevant to human health: extracellular collagens and synthetic biopolymers. Initially, interactions between these biomaterials and water will be investigated; subsequently interactions with more complicated matrices (e.g. protein solutions and cellular systems) will be studied. CI data will be correlated with standard surface characterization, biocompatibility and biodegradation measurements. Molecular dynamic simulations will complement this work to identify the most probable molecular structures of water at different biomaterial interfaces.
Advanced understanding of the role of water in biocompatibility, biofouling and biodegradation processes will facilitate the optimization of biomaterials tailored to specific cellular environments with a broad range of therapeutic applications (e.g. drug eluting stents, tissue engineering, wound healing). The new NIR-MIR-CI/chemometric methodologies developed in BioWater will allow for the rapid characterization and monitoring of novel biomaterials at pre-clinical stages, improving process control by overcoming the laborious and time consuming large-scale sampling methods currently required in biomaterials development.

Funding Call: ERC-2013-StG

Overall budget: € 1 487 681,95


Project Status: Project Completed (Start date 1 February 2014, End date 31 January 2019)


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Title: Building an Interoperable, Data-Driven, Innovative and Sustainable European Agri-Food Sector


Introduction: IoT-based data analysis to improve farming

A top goal for the EU is to support sustainable agriculture and food production, protect natural resources and boost food safety. Smart farming via GPS, soil scanning, data management, and IoT technologies could help attain the EU goal of ameliorating the quantity and quality of farming production. The EU-funded DEMETER is a large-scale project deployed in 18 countries, 15 of which are EU member states. The project will analyse data obtained from a wide range of actors (production sectors and systems) to provide an integrated interoperable data model enabling optimal resource management in the European agri-food sector.

Funding Call: H2020-DT-2018-2

Overall budget: € 17 538 849,97


Project Status: Ongoing Project (Start date 1 September 2019, End date 28 February 2023)

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Title: Enrichment of macular pigment, and its impact on vision and blindness


Introduction: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in the developed world. The macula, the central part of the retina, is responsible for optimal spatial vision. There is a growing body of evidence that a lack of a dietary pigment at the macula, known as macular pigment (MP), is associated with increased risk of AMD.
MP contains the carotenoids lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z) and meso-zeaxanthin (meso-Z). The typical western diet contains around 60 carotenoids, and 18 have been identified in human serum. However, only three are found at the macula, indicating the unique biological selectivity for their uptake at this location. The function of MP remains undetermined. It is likely that the accumulation of MP has evolved because of its optical and antioxidant properties; for example, MP limits retinal oxidative damage passively (through filtration of blue light) and actively (by quenching free radicals). Furthermore, its optical properties suggest a key role for MP in enhancing visual performance and supporting ‘super’ vision by reducing the effects of chromatic aberration and light scatter.
Recent research has shown that MP can be augmented by dietary supplementation in most (but not all) subjects, suggesting that the macular concentrations of these carotenoids are suboptimal in many people. My laboratory has discovered that a dip in the central portion of this pigment, seen in around 12% of individuals, is an undesirable feature of its spatial profile and may be linked to an inability to generate meso-Z at the macula. However, we have identified that enrichment of MP can be achieved by inclusion of meso-Z in a dietary supplement.
We propose to uniquely enrich MP and assess its impact on visual performance in normal subjects and visual function in patients with AMD. This groundbreaking study will advance our understanding of the protective and optical hypothesis of MP, and potentially improve normal vision and prevent or delay blindness due to AMD.

Funding Call: ERC-2011-StG_20101109

Overall budget: € 1 493 342


Project Status: Competed Project (Start date 1 October 2011, End date 30 September 2016)

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Title: Prisons: the Rule of Law, Accountability and Rights


Introduction: PRILA will create the first account of how mechanisms for securing rights, ensuring accountability and achieving adherence to the rule of law are experienced in European prisons. Prisons are places where considerable power differentials exist, and are unique sites for the expression of the values which underpin public and prison law. Systems to ensure that prisoners are treated fairly and that rights are upheld are essential to ensure that imprisonment is conducted in ways that are just and promote good order. These are fundamental principles of the ‘European’ way in penal policy and penal law. Existing accounts of the deployment of penal power overlook key elements of how accountability, the rule of law, and rights are experienced. PRILA will document how prisoners, prison staff, staff of accountability bodies experience structures for ensuring decisions and actions taken in prison are fair, transparent, consistent, subject to appeal and review, and in compliance with principles of human rights. In doing so, PRILA will transform and extend accounts of legitimacy in prisons, judicial review of administrative action, the pains of imprisonment, and understandings of how penal power is experienced. Drawing on the disciplines of public and prison law, human rights, comparative law, and the sociology of punishment, the project will utilise legal, qualitative and quantitative research methods to create an account of how ‘accountability work’ is experienced. It will also examine how accountability structures are manifestations of penal ideologies or types of prison regimes. The project will advance current judicial and legal conceptions of accountability, the rule of law, and fairness, by reference to how these concepts are experienced in practice, and examine whether and how they are distinctively ‘European’. The project will thereby support the creation of better penal policies and practices aimed at the protection of the rule of law and rights in the prison context.

Funding Call: ERC-2015-STG

Overall budget: € 1 428 342,50


Project Status: Ongoing Project (Start date 1 April 2016, End date 31 March 2022)


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Title: Novel Biomaterial-based Device for the Treatment of Progressive MS- – An Integrated Pan- European Approach


Introduction: Novel biomimetic device leads to advances in multiple sclerosis treatment

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurodegenerative condition characterised by demyelination and axonal loss. Currently, there is no cure for this disease, which is associated with significant morbidity. The EU-funded PMSMatTrain project is in the process of developing a medical device that releases a combination of anti-inflammatory molecules and remyelination and neuroprotective drugs. The device employs a biomimetic hyaluronan scaffold and will be tested in disease models in vitro and in vivo, providing at the same time insight into key disease mechanisms. Once manufactured and commercialised, the PMSMatTrain device will offer an easy to apply, disease-modifying therapy for MS.

Funding Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018

Overall budget: € 3 962 143,44


Project Status: Ongoing Project (Start date 1 May 2019, End date 30 April 2023)

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Title: Super-resolution optical microscopy of nanosized pore dynamics in endothelial cells


Introduction: DeLIVER will train a new generation of ESRs in the development and application of newly developed high speed and high resolution imaging tools in biomedical research. ESRs will be cross-pollinated with concepts and skills in physics and biomedicine, in particular in super-resolution optical imaging (a.k.a. optical nanoscopy), analytical image reconstruction, and optical micro-manipulation methods. These skills are applied to reveal for the first time the function and dynamics of nanosized pores in endothelial cells (EC) that present the main barrier between the blood and vital organs for human physiology, such as the liver, brain, kidneys, and the eyes. Very little is known about the extremely important physiological function of these unique structures and their role in the transfer and/or clearance of metabolites and pharmaceuticals to vital organs. The current generation of optical nanoscopes, however, is rather slow and can only be applied to isolated, typically fixed (i.e. dead) cells rather than biomedically relevant tissues. Also, newcomers to the field need to familiarize themselves with a whole new set of potential problems that might arise in the use of optical nanoscopy, such as image reconstruction-related artifacts to name just one example.This is an area of research where European enterprises are very active. Excellent training in new scientific and complementary skills, combined with international and intersectoral work experience, will instil an innovative, creative and entrepreneurial mind-set in DeLIVER’s ESRs, maximising economic benefits based on scientific discoveries. These specialised, highly trained, and mobile ESRs will have greatly enhanced career prospects. The training in novel physical methods with highly relevant experience in the biomedical sciences will allow them to confidently navigate at the interface of academic, clinical and private sector research.

Funding Call: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017

Overall budget: € 3 728 513,16


Project Status: Ongoing Project (Start date 1 January 2018, End date 31 December 2021)

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Title: Organic Ionic Plastic Crystals Nanocomposites for Safer Batteries


Introduction: Objective 

Nowadays, important safety concerns limit large-scale use of lithium batteries for electric vehicles and stationary storage. Despite their high ionic conductivity, conventional liquid electrolytes for lithium batteries are highly flammable and can leak out of the battery case. Safer electrolytes are needed to enable the next-generation of rechargeable batteries.

The eJUMP Global Fellowship aims to develop innovative nanocomposites electrolytes based on Organic Ionic Plastic Cristals (OICPs) – a novel class of solid state electrolytes with intrinsic safety and high ionic conductivity. The eJUMP approach is to prepare composites materials from OIPCs and polymer nanoparticles – which can act both as reinforcement but also add function via a purposely designed nanoparticle interfaces. The knowledge generated by eJUMP will help to establish specific design criteria for the fabrication of this new class of solid electrolytes.

The fellow – Dr. Luca Porcarelli – will carry out the research and training activities of the outgoing phase at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Electromaterials Science (Deakin University, Australia), under the supervision of Prof. Maria Forsyth. The incoming phase will take place at POLYMAT (University of the Basque Country, Spain) at the Innovative Polymer Group of Prof. David Mecerreyes. The quality of the multidisciplinary research program will broaden the scientific knowledge of the fellow and help him to set the basis for the development of a new class of products providing performance competitive with traditional electrolytes and improved safety standards.

Funding Call: H2020-MSCA-IF-2017

Overall budget: € 245 440,80


Project Status: Ongoing Project (Start date 1 January 2019, End date 31 December 2021)

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Title: Solutions @ Underwater Radiated Noise


Introduction: Objective 

Underwater radiated noise (URN) emitted from commercial ships and other vessels can negatively impact aquatic species and their ecosystems, potentially threatening their survival. The EU-funded SATURN project brings together expertise from disciplines like bioacoustics, maritime engineering, shipping and other fields, to engage stakeholders to develop solutions to the problem of URN. SATURN will examine: i) which sounds pose the greatest threat to aquatic species and how they are produced and propagated; ii) short and long-term effects of URN on invertebrates, fish, and marine mammals; and iii) the most promising options for reducing negative impacts of URN. SATURN will develop and progress standards for terminology and methodology across all disciplines working on URN, producing recommendations for effective underwater sound management.

Funding Call: H2020-MG-2020-SingleStage-INEA

Overall budget: € 8 965 963,75


Project Status: Ongoing Project (Start date 1 February 2021, End date 31 January 2025)