Prestigious ERC Award for Professor Pat Monaghan
Professor Pat Monaghan (Institute for Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine) has secured five years of major funding support, totalling £2.1M from the European Research Council's (ERC) Advanced Grant scheme.
Pat's interests broadly lie in behavioural and population ecology, with particular emphasis on the responses of animals to changing environmental conditions and proximal factors influencing these responses. This award will support work on intergenerational effects of environmental stress, particularly the effects of maternal stress on offspring telomere length and longevity, using zebra finches. This is a research area that Pat has recently begun to explore and one which remains greatly understudied.
In preparing this application, Prof Monaghan deliberately set out to write an ambitious, technically challenging, high-risk proposal that, if successful, would lead to major breakthroughs in this research area. Pat's approach was very well received by the ERC panel, somewhat in contrast to UK Research Councils. Advanced Grants are intended to support established, innovative scientists across Europe to pursue ground-breaking, high-risk research that opens up new directions in any field.
Significantly, Pat is the University of Glasgow's first successful applicant to the ERC Advanced Grant scheme. Hopefully her success will encourage other researchers at Glasgow to submit applications that push at and beyond the frontiers of science (http://erc.europa.eu).