UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology


Professor Gabriele Lignani receives European Research Council Consolidator Grant

23 November 2023

We're delighted to announce that Professor Gabriele Lignani (Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology) has received a European Research Council Consolidator Grant for his project titled “Transient Reset Of The Pathological Brain”.

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The European Research Council (ERC) awards its Consolidator Grants to outstanding researchers with a proven track record, and between seven to 12 years of experience after completing their PhD. The ERC awarded grants to 308 top scientists and scholars from across Europe as part of its EU Horizon Europe research and innovation programme.

The fund is worth €627 million [£547 million] on total of which more than €12 million [£10 million] was awarded to UCL researchers. The recipients of this year’s Horizon Europe awards come from 23 countries across Europe and represent more than 40 nationalities.

The UK was one of the leading countries receiving grants, with 43 awarded, making it second overall. Six of the 43 grants awarded to UK institutions have been given to UCL researchers.

This year, 38% of grants were awarded to female researchers, the highest proportion since the start of the Consolidator grant scheme and the third consecutive year of growth.  

The proposed research projects cover a wide range of topics in physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

Professor Geraint Rees (UCL Vice-Provost, Research, Innovation and Global Engagement) said: “I am very excited to hear that six UCL researchers have been selected for these ERC grants. The range of research being recognised highlights the breadth of important and impactful work done at UCL and reflects our commitment to supporting research with world-reaching benefits. I’m looking forward to seeing how the ultimate results of these researchers’ promising scientific ideas will result in meaningful changes to people’s lives.”
Iliana Ivanova, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, said: “I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all the brilliant researchers who have been selected for ERC Consolidator Grants.
“I'm especially thrilled to note the significant increase in the representation of women among the winners for the third consecutive year in this prestigious grant competition. This positive trend not only reflects the outstanding contributions of women researchers but also highlights the strides we are making towards a more inclusive and diverse scientific community.”