In addition to our core research programme, Lero researchers lead and actively participate as partners in international projects achieving significant success in Horizon Europe programmes and its predecessor Horizon 2020. Lero’s portfolio of projects demonstrates our successful track record in high-impact collaborative research with numerous partners from industry, academia, government, and civil society. Lero’s strives to create software for a better world and works across disciplines for greater impact.

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The ROSETTA programme proposes a transformative agenda to examining the impact of technology in an increasingly accelerated, high pressured world. ROSETTA will provide 19 recruited fellows with the highest quality research environment and a training programme that ensures their ability to provide leadership in the sectors relevant to design evaluation and regulation of technology from a time perspective. ROSETTA will be coordinated by the University of Galway Ireland (main beneficiary) through Lero, Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software and involves 4 other Irish universities: University College Cork, University of Limerick, University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin. Fellows will complete a compulsory secondment at one of 20 Associated Partners. Fellows will be recruited from the fields of computer science, medicine, biomedical engineering, education, psychology, software engineering, information systems, human-computer interaction and business management. Fellows will choose their own research topic within one or more the ROSETTA themes, adding to the truly interdisciplinary nature of the programme. ROSETTA will incorporate international mobility, intersectoral exposure, and interdisciplinarity. Fellows will receive training on the latest, emerging time theories, methods, and equipment through five Summer/Winter schools. Fellows will be provided with a comprehensive set of courses to improve their transferrable skills to diversify their employment options. Fellows will have access to Lero supports such as workshops and seminars, industry collaboration, public engagement, and communications. Fellows will be uniquely positioned to design and evaluate technology, and policies and legislation on technology use with new expertise and perspectives on how technology affects our time. The total budget required to deliver ROSETTA is €3.5M. We request €1.8M from the European Commission to be matched by €1.7M from Lero and the main beneficiary.


Funding Programme Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND 2022

Start date/End date 01 January 2024/31 December 2028

Coordinator University of Galway

Total value of award €3,500,000

Lero Researcher Dr Kieran Conboy



Streamlined Geriatric and Oncological evaluation based on IC Technology for holistic patient-oriented healthcare management for older multimorbid patients 

An ageing population has resulted in growing numbers of complex multimorbid chronic patients who require medical support. Therefore, modern medicine requires a novel, patient-centred attitude for more effective treatment options, as well as lower costs and better decision-making. The EU-funded GERONTE project will combine expertise in public health and public sector digital transformation to harness digital technology to improve the healthcare outcomes of elderly patients with comorbidities. Using the model of cancer multidisciplinary management, it will co-design with patients, caregivers and professionals a patient-tailored approach that will ease care pathways, management and treatment decisions while reducing healthcare costs.


Funding Programme                  Horizon 2020 SC1-BHC-24-2020

Start date/End date                   1 April 2021/31 March 2026

Coordinator                              Universite de Bordeaux

Total value of award                  €5,998,759

Lero Researcher                        Regina Connolly (DCU)




Sign Language Translation Mobile Application and Open Communications Framework

People who are deaf or hard of hearing face the challenge of interacting with others in real-life situations and are often excluded from accessing information in society. The EU-funded SignON project aims to develop a mobile application that will translate between different European sign and verbal languages. The application, a lightweight software running on a standard mobile device, will interact with a cloud-based distributed framework dedicated to the computationally heavy tasks. The application and the framework will be designed through a co-creation approach where users will work together with the SignON researchers and engineers. The application will be easily adaptable to other languages (sign and spoken) and modalities and will ultimately promote equitable exchange of information among all European citizens.


Funding Programme                 Horizon 2020 ICT-2018-20

Start date/End date                  1 January 2021/31 December 2023

Coordinator                              Dublin City University

Total value of award                 €5,616,718

Lero Researcher                        Anthony Ventresque/UCD







Safety Management Systems for Emergency Medical Staff

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals, reports and recommendations from safety incidents, and an emerging body of literature from recent research, have recognised a need for a systematic and systemic approach to safety risk management within the EMS sector. In response to this, Safety Management Systems training for Emergency Medical Services (SMS4EMS) – a European partnership training initiative – will design, develop and deliver a Safety Management Systems (SMS) training solution to the EMS sector. The need for the project has been identified by EMS organisations who recognise the importance for safety, hazard and risk management for their personnel, the patients they serve, and as part of civil protection for the public and wider society.


Funding Programme                 EU ERASMUS+ Programme

Start date/End date                  1 November 2021/31 October 2023

Coordinator                              Trinity College Dublin

Total value of award                 €277,700

Lero researcher                         Siobhan Corrigan/Derek Ross




Smart monitoring to make coastal cities climate-resilient

Climate change poses huge risks for European coastal cities. Rising sea levels, floods and storms can no longer be ignored. The intensification of extreme weather events, coastal erosion and sea-level rise are major challenges to be urgently addressed by European coastal cities. The EU-funded SCORE project will develop a strategy via a network of 10 coastal city ‘living labs’ to rapidly, equitably and sustainably enhance coastal city climate resilience. In addition to developing innovative platforms to promote business opportunities and financial sustainability of coastal cities, the project will provide prototype coastal city early-warning systems to enable smart, instant monitoring and control of climate resilience in European coastal cities.


Funding Programme                 Horizon 2020-LC-CLA-2020-2

Start date/End date                  1 July 2021/30 June 2025

Coordinator                              Institute of Technology Sligo

Total value of award                 €9,980,831

Lero Researcher                       Francesco Pilla




Individual Change of HAbits Needed for Green European transition


Impacts related to climate change are evident in many sectors of human life, including health, economy and security. The European Green Deal has set the blueprint for a transformational change that will make Europe the first climate-neutral continent in the world. However, this will be difficult to achieve without the active involvement of citizens. With that in mind, the EU-funded I-CHANGE project will promote the strong participation and creative role of citizens and civil society towards environmental protection, as well as changes in habits and the development of more sustainable standards. To that end, it will adopt a multi-disciplinary, participatory approach and create a set of living labs to increase the public’s awareness of the scientific processes underlying climate change.


Funding Programme                 Horizon 2020 LC-GD-10-3-2020

Start date/End date                  1 November 2021/30 April 2025

Coordinator                              Centro Internazionale in Monitoraggio Ambientale - Fondazione CIMA, Italy

Total value of award                 €5,234,117

Lero researcher                         Francesco Pilla




Robotic Survey, Repair and Agile Manufacture


Europe's shipbuilding industry is well known for delivering new cutting-edge production processes. To maintain its competitive strength, it is important to improve shipyard productivity for manufacturing new high-technology vessels and increasing access to the specialist repair and maintenance market. The EU-funded RESURGAM project will deliver a breakthrough in tooling solutions for friction stir welding (FSW), a high-integrity, low-distortion and environmentally benign welding technique. Combining FSW with a new tooling solution and novel in-water robotic systems, the project will deliver a low-cost system for ship steel welding and repair that can be retrofitted to existing CNC machines, allowing for block connections in the shipbuilding process as well as for damaged ships to be repaired in place, without needing a dry-dock.


Funding Programme                 Horizon 2020-EU.3.4 MG-3-7-2020

Start date/End date                  1 February 2021/31 January 2024      

Coordinator                              European Federation for Welding Joining and Cutting, Belgium

Total value of award                  €6,123,140

Lero Researcher                       Daniel Toal, UL




TwinAIR aims to improve urban life by tackling the challenge of indoor air quality improvement by understating its complex interrelationship with external factors. This is achieved by introducing a novel set of tools for identifying sources and tracing a variety of pollutants and pathogens, for enhancing understanding of their effects and assessing their impact on health, for controlling building management systems and services in ways that mitigate part of the impacts and for helping citizens to develop better insights into pollution impacts, along with encouraging healthier, more sustainable choices.

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Funding Programme                 HORIZON-HLTH-2021-ENVHLTH-02-02

Start date/End date                  1 September 2022/31 August 2026

Coordinator                              University of Patras, Greece

Total value of award                 €7,994,070

Lero Researcher                        Francesco Pilla




SoluTions foR mItiGatinG climate-induced hEalth thReats

The main objective of TRIGGER is to identify, monitor and quantify direct and indirect impacts of climate change induced environmental hazards on human health through the direct collection of health, weather-climate, environmental and socio-economic data with user-friendly tools (sensors, simplified models, and data hub). The research activities lead to construct a concrete and workable toolbox, policy briefs and guidelines to support policy and decision makers in developing and applying climate actions supported by up-to-date medical scientific evidence, as well as to release educational activities and materials to raise awareness of the climate-health connections to the wider society.

Website                                    under construction

Funding Programme                 HORIZON-HLTH-2021-ENVHLTH-02-03

Start date/End date                  1 September 2022/31 August 2026

Coordinator                              University of Bologna, Italy

Total value of award                 €11,227,759

Lero researcher                         Francesco Pilla




Versatile artificial intelligence investigative technologies for revealing online cross-border financing activities of terrorism

Anti-FinTer will improve law enforcement capabilities, increase capacity and develop expertise in the area of terrorist financing associated with activities in dark web, crypto-assets, new payment systems, and darknet marketplaces.


Funding Programme                     Internal Security Fund – Police Programme

Start date/End date                      1 January 2022/31 December 2024

Coordinator                                 Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)

Total value of award                     € 1,347,789

Lero Researchers                        Martin Mullins/Martin Cunneen/Darren Shannon/Kevin McDonnell



Enhancing Citizen Observatories for healthy, sustainable, resilient and inclusive cities

CitiObs will consolidate and apply tools and practice-based knowledge for co-creating data, knowledge and local action via Citizen Observatories (COs): these tools will enhance existing and new citizen observatories to engage citizens and marginalised communities, add value to environmental observations in the urban context, increase and validate citizen observations of the urban environment as part of the existing in-situ Earth Observation systems, co-create inclusive local actions for sustainability and ensure that CO data contributes to research and policy development towards the objectives of the European Green Deal. To ensure broad use, the CitiObs tools and approaches will be developed in co-creation with COs in 5 Frontrunner cities, finetuned with 30 Implementer cities and showcased to 50 Fellow cities.


Funding Programme        HORIZON-CL6-2022-GOVERNANCE-01-08

Start date/End date         01 January 2023/31 December 2026  

Coordinator                    NILU STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FORLUFTFORSKNING, Norway        

Total value of award        € 5,272,950   

Lero researcher               Francesco Pilla        



Heritage activation through engaging experiences towards sustainable development

The future of Europe’s rich cultural heritage is facing several challenges due to various threats including climate change, natural or man-made disasters and lack of finance. Meanwhile, global processes have a deep impact on the values attributed by communities to urban areas and their settings. Despite Europe’s common values and creative diversity of traditions, crafts, arts and architecture, social discrimination, based on ethnicity, race, sex or gender and other characteristics persists in Europe, and is one of the key drivers of social exclusion. Access to cultural heritage experiences contributes to social cohesion and inclusion, by strengthening resilience and the sense of belonging and improving well-being. In this view, there is a need for new design solutions that are resilient to the changing conditions and sensitive to local cultural heritage, and to local topographic and climatic conditions. HERITACT will consider cultural transformations driving sustainability and will explore new cooperation paths among relevant stakeholders, interested in designing a new European way of life in line with the New European Bauhaus. To this end, HERITACT intends to empower communities’ co-creation capacity and to redefine the role of cultural heritage in urban regeneration. HERITACT will identify and enhance community-oriented processes and will introduce innovative and inclusive architectural and design solutions and cultural-artistic practices to support environmental and cultural sustainability, and to strengthen the cultural and creative industries through community awareness and policy making across European urban areas of many different scales and cultural settings. Interdisciplinary methodologies will provide stakeholders at 3 different cultural urban contexts across Europe a decision-support system based on collaborative approaches for the reactivation of unused cultural heritage spaces, and/or for enhancing diverse communities’ cultural identity and values.


Funding Programme                 HORIZON-CL2-2022-HERITAGE-01-10

Start date/End date                   01 March 2023/28 February 2026      

Coordinator                               PANEPISTIMIO PATRON, Greece       

Total value of award                  €2,999,389   

Lero researcher                        Francesco Pilla              



Delivering a useable method for mapping groups in attitude networks by developing a robust prototype, development community, and exploitation model to maximize the social value of the breakthrough

There is a way to construct bipartite graphs directly from opinion surveys. The ERC-funded Attitude-Maps-4-All project will do so by applying a mathematical method that will yield a network representation of opinion-based groups. The method uncovers group structure, locates individuals in the space, allows the application of network methods to analyse their relations, and detects ideological polarisation, providing new insight on social attitudes and opinions, in a wide range of disciplines related to modelling attitudes and human behaviour. Understanding these processes is essential for addressing urgent social challenges requiring cross-partisan synchronisation of core attitudes and opinions. The project will prototype a robust software architecture and training resources, test and assess them, and explore cooperation for commercialisation.


Funding Programme                 ERC-2022-POC1 - ERC PROOF OF CONCEPT GRANTS1

Start date/End date                  01 September 2022/29 February 2024

Coordinator                              University of Limerick, Ireland

Total value of award                 €150,000

Lero researcher                         Mike Quayle


Systems Methods Context

SyMeCo (Systems, Methods, Context) proposes a transformative agenda, one that is cognisant of the changing landscape of software development, while seeking to shape it. The key research strands explore what we build (Systems), how we build these systems (Methods), for the world we want (Context). The 60-month research training programme will fund 16 postdoctoral fellowships at Lero, and will incorporate international mobility, intersectoral exposure, and interdisciplinarity. Lero is Ireland’s Research Centre for Software, headquartered at the University of Limerick (UL, Beneficiary), with partners in other Irish universities and institutes of technology. The Implementing Partners will be University College Cork, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, National University of Galway and Trinity College Dublin. The ten Associated Partners are drawn from Lero’s extensive Industry network and comprise a mixture of multi-national corporations and SMEs. The programme aims to attract researchers from the fields of computer science, software engineering, information systems, human-computer interaction and business management. During their 2-year fellowship, fellows will receive discipline-specific skills training to assist career development and will be provided with a comprehensive set of courses to improve their transferrable skills to diversify their employment options. Fellows will also avail of a 4-day Summer School incorporating the themes of Systems, Methods, Context with one day dedicated to Industry & Entrepreneurship. Trained fellows will be attractive to industry, the public sector or academia. The SyMeCo research training programme will produce the next generation of European leaders in software development that will have the skills to help in Shaping Europe’s Digital Future and contribute to the newly launched European Declaration on Digital Rights and Principles. This proposal seeks €1.52 million EC funding to match Lero co-funding of €1.38 million.


Funding Programme             Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND 2021

Start date/End date                 01 January 2023/31 December 2027

Coordinator                              University of Limerick, Ireland  

Total value of award                €2,900,000   

Lero researcher                       Brian Fitzgerald        


Leadership for Sustainable Digital Transformation in Europe

DIGI+ is a world-class research fellowship programme, cofunded by MSCA, on Sustainable Digital Transformation that aims for a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative researcher leaders, able to face current and future challenges aligned with EU’s Digital and Green Agenda. Driven by the ambition of sustainable ecosystems the DIGI+ research programme is focussed on developing innovative digital transformation approaches addressing cross-disciplinary challenges, relevant to current policies and strategies in the European Research Area. The programme funds 20 Postdoctoral Researchers to advance digital transformation practices in four multidisciplinary research themes: 1) Innovative Business Models and Data Ecosystems; 2) Digital Culture and Skills ; 3) Data Governance; 4) Innovative Digital Technologies and Adoption aligned with the EU sustainable development goals.


Funding Programme                 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND 2021

Start date/End date                  01 January 2024/31 December 2028

Coordinator                              Maynooth University, Ireland

Total value of award                 €3,400,000

Lero researcher                         Markus Helfert


Renewable Energies System for Cities 

Guided by its ambitious target to achieve carbon-neutrality by 2050, the EU is throwing a spotlight on the technology supporting this green transition while also focusing on the general skillset of the working force in terms of employing and mastering sustainable technologies. The EU-funded RES4CITY project envisions a codesigned educational framework for upskilling the workforce to integrate, influence, and combine the existing best practices for renewable energies and fuel technologies in the cities. RES4CITY will define microprogrammes, develop serious games for learning and training, establish the industry-academy programme, and analyse industry-based case studies. The programme will be developed and tested in coordination with public governance, industry, NGOs and citizens.


Funding Programme                 HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-02

Start date/End date                  01 October 2022/30 September 2025

Coordinator                              Maynooth University, Ireland

Total value of award                 € 2,499,934

Lero researcher                         Fabiano Pallonetto


Flexible energy systems Leveraging the Optimal integration of EVs deployment Wave

FLOW boosts and demonstrates multifaceted EV smart charging and V2X integration into energy systems thanks to a range of comprehensive solutions providing answers to the needs of all actors involved. These solutions include highly replicable user-centric products, concepts, configurations and mechanisms to optimise operation. Cross-sector harmonisation and standardisation is delivered to facilitate activities of stakeholders and EV users. Advanced interoperable solutions enhance planning, operation and assessment of EV charging for seamless integration into the energy system and identification of the most appropriate scenario based on a multi-criteria model, leveraging appropriate business models and tailored services. FLOW also delivers multi-actor orchestration to ensure data exchange and synchronisation across actors for VGI and EV flexibility services. These solutions are deployed in 5 demonstrations (including 2 testbeds and 3 large-scale demos) in CZ, IE, IT, DK, and ES covering a wide range of applications (e.g. V1G/V2B/V2H/V2G, public/private/semi-public, urban/rural/touristic, car/small- & medium commercial) to validate and quantify the benefits associated with enabling and valorising EV flexibility, alleviating grid challenges, and fostering mobility and energy decarbonization. Expected impacts include GHG emission reduction of 0.6MtCO2/y grid reinforcement saving up to 1.3B€/country, increase local RES by 14% and avoid RES curtailment by 4TWh. The consortium includes 26 partners from 9 European countries covering the entire value chain, including OEM, technology providers, CPOs, aggregators, DSOs, TSO, ICT developers, RTOs experts in users, mobility, harmonisation, optimisation tools, energy integration and leveraging the networks of umbrella associations from the electromobility and the DSOs. These ensure replicability and scalability to foster the EV penetration trends, thanks also to comprehensive communication, dissemination and exploitation actions.


Funding Programme                 HORIZON-CL5-2021-D5-01-03

Start date/End date                  01 July 2022/30 June 2026

Coordinator                              FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE RECERCA DE L'ENERGIA DE CATALUNYA, Spain                   

Total value of award                 €9,873,630

Lero researcher                         Fabiano Pallonetto


Blockchain for the Environment: Open Interdisciplinary Education on Generating Disruptive Change through Impactful DLT Applications

Environmental issues are the most pressing nowadays and certain changes in social behaviour could help to solve some of them. Blockchain - the technology that creates the foundation for trust between people without the need for intermediaries - if applied soundly, could impact social behaviour and contribute to the mitigation of the environmental crisis we are facing. The Blockchain technology is currently at the stage of development when we can still shape the impact it will produce in the years to come. Training computer scientists in using this technology in a fair, creative, inclusive way is crucial to bring about a new paradigm in organising human activities. The challenge is to bridge the gap between, on the one hand, narrow specialised IT professionals who understand how Blockchain technology works but lack knowledge from the real-world domains where the technology could actually produce positive impact, and, on the other hand, the professionals from such domains as environmental protection, medicine, agriculture etc. - who have expertise in their own domains, but no knowledge of Blockchain. In order to bridge this gap, the project will aim to equip Computer Science students and professionals with a methodology enabling them to leverage Blockchain’s potential, and with specialised knowledge from the field of Environmental Studies, where innovative Blockchain-based solutions could produce significant positive impact. The course will also teach Computer Science students Design Thinking methodologies to help them come up with ideas of Blockchain applications to produce social and environmental impact. A human-centred approach to education and research in this field, including ethical aspects, will help computer science students broaden their perspectives and create new knowledge. The second part of the course will be aimed at students in environmental sciences, teaching them the basics of blockchain, in order to help facilitate the interdisciplinary dialogue.

Website                                     Under construction

Funding Programme                 ERASMUS + Cooperation Partnership in School Education (Key Action 2)                  

Start date/End date                  01 February 2022/31 January 2025

Coordinator                              Aalborg University, Denmark

Total value of award                 €276,450

Lero researcher                         Tiziana Margaria


Relaxed Semantics Across the Data Analytics Stack

The RELAX European Doctoral Network aims to train a cohort of highly mobile and adaptable researchers to become experts in the design of scalable and efficient data-intensive software systems. These experts will master the specific skill of navigating the semantics or correctness conditions of applications, with the goal of enhancing scalability, response times, and availability. Working across the disciplinary specialisms of data science, data management, distributed computing and computing systems, the Fellows will develop knowledge of the broad issues underpinning data analytics systems. The bespoke training programme fosters intellectual enquiry and combines technical and scientific research training with courses in innovation, management and leadership. The training network addresses a critical skills gap in data analytics expertise, which needs urgently addressed to support innovation and employment in a fast-growing European data economy. The 14 partner organisations representing 8 countries will benefit first-hand through intersectoral collaboration and an Open Innovation model.


Funding Programme                 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) HORIZON-MSCA-2021-DN-01                  

Start date/End date                  1 March 2023/28 February 2027

Coordinator                              CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOGSKOLA AB, Sweden

Total value of award                 €2,537,878

Lero researcher                         David Gregg