David Mattingly’s discovery of an ancient lost civilisation in the Libyan desert made headlines around the world in November 2012. His funding source? A 2.4m euro grant from the European Research Council, he tells Miriam Frankel
How much grant funding have you won in total over your career?
I believe that I have been a principal investigator or co-investigator on around 70 grants worth over £4 million in total over 25 years.