Funding Basic Research in Ireland

Posted in Research on May 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I received an email the other day about a scheme run by Science Foundation Ireland. Among other things, the Technology Innovation Development Award is intended (among other things) ‘… enables researchers to demonstrate the technical feasibility of an applied research project directed toward the development of a new or innovative technology, product, process or service that has potential for further commercial development’. The thrust of this scheme is pretty typical of funding calls in Ireland, and it spurred me to go on a mini-rant …” (more)

[In The Dark, 15 May]

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Funding priorities of Science Foundation Ireland need re-balancing

Posted in Research on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), which receives the largest proportion of Irish research funding from the Government, needs to be reconfigured to ensure its supports basic third-level research more, according to Fianna Fáil spokesman on science James Lawless …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Funding science and engineering

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The critical responses to my letter (August 6th) by Garret FitzGerald and Cormac O’Raifeartaigh (August 8th) and David McConnell (August 11th) on the topic of the Government’s funding of science and of engineering appeared to be more concerned with the promotion of basic research rather than the refutation of the various points in my argument …” (more)

[John Kelly, Irish Times, 31 August]

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Funding science and engineering

Posted in Research on August 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof John Kelly, a former senior member of the UCD faculty of engineering, wrote (August 6th) that the Government should emphasise research in applied science more than basic science …” (more)

[David McConnell, Irish Times, 11 August]

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Funding science and engineering

Posted in Research on August 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Further to recent correspondence (August 6th and 7th), there is no question that basic research can lead to all sorts of applications. Likewise, the process of solving real-world problems, as both engineers and scientists do, can stimulate research in new areas of basic science …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 8 August]

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Science and engineering

Posted in Governance and administration on August 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – What a depressingly outdated concept of the balance between science and engineering presented in the letter by Prof John Kelly (August 6th). Throughout the leading academic centres in the US, science and engineering are interwoven, particularly in the pursuit of advances relevant to human health …” (more)

[Letters from Garret FitzGerald and Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 7 August]

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Science, research and the economy

Posted in Research on August 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dick Ahlstrom, in his interview (‘Minister knows importance of research goes beyond economy’, August 4th) with the Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English, asks if there is too strong an emphasis on applied research in favour of basic research …” (more)

[John Kelly, Irish Times, 6 August]

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Irish scientist criticises State’s lack of support for basic research

Posted in Research on August 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Irish astronomer involved in identifying the most powerful aurora recorded around a failed star outside the solar system has criticised the Government’s lack of support for basic scientific research …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 5 August]

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Minister knows importance of research goes beyond economic benefits

Posted in Research on August 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Does Ireland have a future conducting research and making important world-class discoveries? The answer will depend on success in devising a strategy for building an international reputation for research …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 4 August]

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Ibec pushing for more visionary science policy

Posted in Research on May 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ibec wants to see more scientific research and wants the Government to spend lots more in support of it. Astrologers always believe that big things will happen when planets align. If Mars, Jupiter and Saturn line up surely that must be a sign that change is coming or the end is nigh …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 4 May]

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Research Funding – Definition of ‘Basic Research’

Posted in Research on May 1st, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the definition of basic research used by his Department in deciding allocations to different types of research …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 30 April]

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Ireland’s narrow research focus on commercial technology is short-sighted

Posted in Research on April 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Research funding remains almost exclusively targeted at certain technological areas that are considered important. A recent letter to The Irish Times, signed by more than 1,100 scientists, noted that funding for scientific research in Ireland has become increasingly focused on the commercialisation of technological applications …” (more)

[Cormac O’Raifeartaigh, Irish Times, 30 April]

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Scientific Research

Posted in Research on April 23rd, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will seek to rebalance the funding of science research such that the Government’s preference for funding oriented basic research, applied research and over-basic research in view of the fact that this preference has led to steadily decreasing numbers of research staff in Irish universities …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 21 April]

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Ibec says Government should increase science research funding

Posted in Research on April 23rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government should establish a fully independent advisory body for science and should also increase State funding for research, Ibec has said. These and other recommendations were included in a submission from the business representative body to an InterDepartmental Cabinet committee currently devising a new national science policy …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 23 April]

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Engineering as well as science plays critical role in universities

Posted in Research on April 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Irish university science academics are worried with the recent changes in the Government’s policy for funding research. In a letter to The Irish Times (March 18th) they wrote of the Government’s short-sighted drive for applied research which has a potential for industrial innovation …” (more)

[John Kelly, Irish Times, 17 April]

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Irish scientists protest ‘funding apartheid’

Posted in Research on April 16th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of researchers sign letter warning of cost of focusing exclusively on business-led priorities. Science in the Republic of Ireland is being destroyed by a ‘scientific apartheid’ that reserves most competitive research funding for 14 priority areas largely chosen for commercial reasons …” (more)

[Paul Jump, Times Higher Education, 16 April]

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Science research funding

Posted in Research on April 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – We are very surprised at the criticism of recent Government decisions to divert a greater proportion of third-level research funding from pure science to applied science (ie, engineering) as in our view this change was long overdue …” (more)

[PJ Rudden, Irish Times, 15 April]

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Science and funding policy

Posted in Research on April 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – David McConnell’s excellent piece (‘Science in crisis as scientists lose confidence in policy’, Opinion & Analysis, April 2nd) on the crisis in Irish science policy reminds me of a story, perhaps apocryphal …” (more)

[Tom Ray, Irish Times, 7 April]

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Funding of scientific research

Posted in Research on April 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Prof David McConnell (Opinion, April 2nd) eloquently supports the case made in an earlier letter signed by many Irish scientists who argued for greater funding for basic research in the Irish higher education system. There is little doubt that balanced and sustained investment of public funds in both basic and applied scientific research yields significant economic and social dividends over time …” (more)

[Aidan Kennedy, Irish Times, 6 April]

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Science is in crisis and scientists have lost confidence in Government policy

Posted in Research on April 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Government university funding has fallen dramatically and the rules by which SFI funds individual research scientists have drastically altered. Readers may have seen the letter now signed by about 1,100 Irish scientists and engineers asking the Government to restore confidence in the Irish scientific research system …” (more)

[David McConnell, Irish Times, 2 April]

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