‘Moonshot’ science trumps basic research in EU budget proposals

Posted in Research on June 8th, 2018 by steve

“Curiosity-driven science has lost out to huge ‘moonshot’ research projects in plans for the next European Union research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe. University representatives were left disappointed by a smaller than expected proposed budget increase for the European Research Council, arguably the continent’s most prestigious funder of basic research …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 7 June]

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TCD surging ahead of Dublin rivals UCD rivals on basic research

Posted in Research on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD you’ve got a problem! I realised the extent of UCD’s problem after I put in a request this morning to the European Research Council (ERC) for a list of Irish holders of their coveted advanced grants …” (more)

[Sean Duke, Science Spinning, 5 May]

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Ireland, Europe and scientific research

Posted in Research on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – On Thursday, The Irish Times published the article ‘Why Ireland has a bad reputation for research’ about the upcoming visit to Ireland of European Research Council (ERC) president Jean-Pierre Bourguignon (‘Why Ireland has a bad reputation for research’, Analysis, October 6th). It highlights the low success rate of Irish researchers when applying for funding to the ERC …” (more)

[Luke O’Neill and others, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Why Ireland has a bad reputation for research

Posted in Research on October 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“‘Give a dog a bad name’ is an apt way to describe Ireland’s early engagement with the European Research Council (ERC), a key funding body within the EU’s Horizon 2020 research budget …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 6 October]

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Ireland failing at European research level

Posted in Research on July 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s dire showing in the latest round of European Research Council (ERC) advanced grants last week, suggests that basic scientific research here is not up to European, let alone world, standards …” (more)

[Sean Duke, Science Spinning, 10 July]

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Irish government under fire for turning its back on basic research

Posted in Research on March 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s drive to focus government research grants on areas that might create jobs and wealth is ‘short-sighted’ and is destabilizing the country’s basic-research fabric, say around 900 scientists in a letter to the Irish government. The call is aimed at changing the course of Ireland’s national research strategy, which is currently under revision …” (more)

[Declan Butler, Nature, 17 March]

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Irish scientists win European funding ranging from €1.9m to €2.75m

Posted in Research on March 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Seven scientists based in Ireland have won major grants from the European Research Council, ranging in value from €1.9 million to €2.75 million …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 13 March]

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UCC and NUIG scientists receive €2 million each in funding

Posted in Research on March 4th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Researchers in University College Cork (UCC) and National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) have received about €2 million each in research funding from the European Research Council. Both awards were given for research in the ‘life sciences’ category …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 4 March]

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Science Foundation Ireland aims to build on progress of 2014

Posted in Research on January 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has published its annual plan for 2015 as well as a review of key milestones and achievements during 2014. The coming year will see the organisation focusing on growing and linking existing research centres with industry and international collaborators …” (more)

[Barry McCall, Irish Times, 26 January]

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Horizon 2020 funding raid a ‘great concern’

Posted in Research on January 23rd, 2015 by steve

EU“A group of European research and education organisations have expressed their ‘great concern’ over plans to take funds from the Horizon 2020 budget to provide money for a strategic investment fund …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 23 January]

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The warning lights are flashing for parts of Horizon 2020

Posted in Research on January 21st, 2015 by steve

EU“When Horizon 2020 was adopted at the end of 2013, the League of European Research Universities was optimistic about the programme’s future and satisfied that many priorities had been addressed. Simplification was first among these, but funding, excellence, open access, the European Research Council (ERC) and the place of the social sciences and humanities were also crucial …” (more)

[Kurt Deketelaere, Research, 21 January]

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All I want for Christmas is a Government policy on science

Posted in Research on December 15th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Yuletide is upon us and it is time to put together a list of what gifts the research community might like to find under the Christmas tree. Some prezzies will cost the Government a bit of money, but not much …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 15 December]

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European research funding: it’s like Robin Hood in reverse

Posted in Research on November 7th, 2014 by steve

EU“The EU’s Horizon 2020 programme has a budget of £63bn, but don’t expect a share unless you’re in one of the wealthiest countries and have a string of articles published in top journals …” (more)

[Guardian, 7 November]

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What Swiss migrant referendum means for future of EU research

Posted in Research on March 6th, 2014 by steve

EU“In a referendum on 9 February, the Swiss population voted against mass immigration. That outcome will have far-reaching consequences on the position of Switzerland in European research cooperation …” (more)

[Manfred Horvat, The Conversation, 6 March]

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Research funding over the horizon

Posted in Research on November 11th, 2013 by steve

“You might not think of it amid the fireworks and champagne corks, but when January arrives European research will enter a new phase. That’s because Horizon 2020 formally kicks off in 2014 …” (more)

[Claire O’Connell, Irish Times, 11 November]

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Irish Innovation: Basic and applied research battles in Ireland and Europe

Posted in Research on September 3rd, 2013 by steve

“While basic or curiosity research is important, Irish and European science lobbies are pressurising governments to give funding priority to it even though innovation does not necessarily follow from science …” (more)

[Finfacts Ireland, 3 September]

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Three Irish researchers secure €2m in EU R&D funding

Posted in Research on July 19th, 2013 by steve

“Three Irish researchers have been announced as recipients of the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants and will share €2m between them to pursue their cutting-edge research in physical sciences and engineering …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 19 July]

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‘Room for growth’ in Irish science funding – ERC

Posted in Research on May 17th, 2013 by steve

“The head of the main funding body for scientific research in Europe has said there is ‘room for growth’ for Irish scientists applying for and securing European research grants …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 May]

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Irish nanoscientist awarded €2.5m ERC grant to pursue nanowire research

Posted in Research on April 3rd, 2013 by steve

“Prof John Boland, the director of the nanoscience institute CRANN, has been awarded €2.5m from the European Research Council (ERC), to continue pursuing research into how nanowire networks can lead to new smart materials …” (more)

[Silicon Republic, 3 April]

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A chance to drive forward Europe’s science

Posted in Research on March 20th, 2013 by steve

EU“WANTED: An ambitious and skilled science administrator to oversee a continent-wide research programme with considerable impact and a steadily increasing budget. Diplomatic skills essential. Must be able to travel …” (more)

[Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker, Nature News & Comment, 20 March]

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