Budget 2017: More allocated for scientific and humanities research

Posted in Research on October 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Departments of Jobs and of Education have both receive additional money to spend on scientific and humanities research. The Jobs allocation will see Science Foundation Ireland receive a 3.5% increase to €162.5 million, and Enterprise Ireland will have €122 million to invest in research supports, up 3.7% …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Science Foundation Ireland to invest €28m in research equipment and facilities

Posted in Research on January 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Jobs has announced a new €28m investment through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in research equipment and facilities that will benefit some 21 projects …” (more)

[Michael Cogley, Independent, 12 January]

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Science strategy with 2020 time frame overtly enterprise friendly

Posted in Research on December 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Companies willing to engage with the Innovation 2020 science strategy released last week by the Government should benefit greatly from what the plan offers. It is very much in keeping with the existing strategy pursued over the past few years and spearheaded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, with its strong enterprise bias …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 14 December]

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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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Consultation Paper For Successor to Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) strongly welcomes the announcement of plans for a successor strategy to the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2006-2013 …” (more)

[Higher Education Authority, 17 February]

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SFI – Minister Bruton Announces €1.7m In New Research Funding

Posted in Research on June 9th, 2014 by steve

“The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD today (Monday) announced the award of funding of over €1.7 million to support twenty new industry–academia partnerships through the Science Foundation Ireland Industry Fellowship Programme …” (more)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 9 June]

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Making the magic of Silicon Valley happen more quickly

Posted in Legal issues, Research on May 26th, 2014 by steve

“Ireland has long struggled to see research and technology discoveries in higher education laboratories transferring readily into the private sector. There were a host of reasons, with academics and third-level officials blaming the companies …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 26 May]

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Students not registered by Millennium College

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2014 by steve

“Serious issues surrounding the operation of the now closed Millennium College emerged during an investigation by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, it has emerged this evening. The college is the fourth English language school in Dublin to close suddenly and unexpectedly in recent weeks …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 16 May]

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Irish Govt launches plan to woo more second and third-level students into STEM

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2014 by steve

“A new three-year strategy for Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) Smart Futures initiative aims to increase the uptake of science, technology, engineering and mathematics STEM subjects at second and third level by 10% by 2016 …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 17 April]

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New €30 million research centre will act as an innovation hub

Posted in Research on January 27th, 2014 by steve

“Fine Gael Cork North West TD, Aine Collins, has today welcomed the launch of a new €30 million research centre being led by the Tyndall National Institute in collaboration with University College Cork (UCC), Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Dublin City University (DCU) …” (more)

[Sarah Meade, Fine Gael, 27 January]

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New Irish Photonic Integration Centre launched in UCC

Posted in Research on January 24th, 2014 by steve

“Science Foundation Ireland SFI and the Irish Government have launched a new photonic integration centre in Cork that will look to harness the power of light in advanced ICT and medical technology …” (more)

[Colm Gorey, Silicon Republic, 24 January]

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€29m investment at Cork marine research centre

Posted in Research on November 15th, 2013 by steve

“A new centre, which will carry out scientific research into the generation of renewable energy at sea, will be launched in Cork later today …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 15 November]

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Who should be in command and control of higher education?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 28th, 2013 by steve

“The higher-education institutions are going to have to cut another €25 million from their collective funding due to Budget provisions, but that is nothing new. The State’s percentage share in the cost of running our third-level sector has been in decline for years …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 28 October]

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Budget 2014 Breakdown: Science

Posted in Research on October 15th, 2013 by steve

“Since the overall budget figure for Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland are combined for the purpose of Budget 2014, it is difficult to compare exact figures with last year’s budget …” (more)

[Maria Delaney, Science Calling!, 15 October]

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State bent on deforming science foundation

Posted in Research on December 10th, 2012 by steve

“The Government is causing serious and possibly irreparable damage to Ireland’s national capacity to conduct scientific research. Its persistent demand that any State investment in science must deliver a return on investment has placed it on a path that could erode the undoubted reputational and qualitative gains in science that have been made here over more than a decade …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 10 December]

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Minister Sherlock warmly welcomes Government’s on-going strong commitment to research and innovation as a driver of economic recovery

Posted in Research on December 6th, 2012 by steve

“The Minister for Research and Innovation, today (Thursday) warmly welcomed the Government’s strong commitment to Ireland’s research, development and innovation system. This commitment is evidenced by the €384.9m capital allocation to support research funding programmes …” (more)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 6 December]

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Wielding the axe on easy targets

Posted in Research on November 27th, 2012 by steve

“Friday afternoon of a bank holiday weekend is perfect timing if you want to bury news. So it was that a press release was sent out from the Department of Enterprise, Trade, and Employment on the cusp of the October bank holiday weekend, announcing the abolition of the stand alone post of chief scientific adviser …” (more)

[Michael Clifford, Irish Examiner, 26 November]

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Jobs Committee to discuss skills mismatch between industry and third level with Ministers

Posted in Governance and administration on November 26th, 2012 by steve

“The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton TD and the Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn TD will attend the meeting of the Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation tomorrow, Tuesday, 27th November 2012 to discuss the skills mismatch between industry requirements and the courses provided by the third level sector …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas Press Releases, 26 November]

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Major investment by Ireland in European Space

Posted in Research on November 24th, 2012 by steve

“The European Space Agency (ESA) is an intergovernmental organisation that promotes co-operation among European States in space research and technology, and in their space applications for scientific purposes and for operational space application systems …” (more)

[Education Matters, 24 November]

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