Rethink of EU research membership rules may offer UK ‘solution’

Posted in Research on August 16th, 2017 by steve

“The redrawing of the criteria for associate membership of the European Commission’s next research framework programme could offer the UK a ‘solution’ for accessing continental grants and collaborations post-Brexit, a sector leader has said …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 16 August]

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High Level Group says EU must double research budget

Posted in Research on July 5th, 2017 by steve

“A group of experts selected by the European Commission to recommend what changes to make to the current European Union research programme Horizon 2020 when it ends in three years’ time, has called for a doubling of the budget and for it to pay more attention to the gap between science and innovation …” (more)

[Jan Myklebust and Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 5 July]

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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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New €68m medical research centre to open in Galway

Posted in Research on September 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A new centre for medical device research representing a unique partnership between Irish universities and industry is opening in NUI Galway. The Cúram centre represents a €68 million investment in medtech research. Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and industry players have invested €49 million over six years to the project …” (more)

[Dominic Coyle, Irish Times, 26 September]

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Evaluating the EU’s Horizon 2020 and designing FP9

Posted in Research on August 28th, 2016 by steve

EU“As input to the work programme of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 for the period 2018-20 and the next framework programme – FP9 – Norwegian and Danish authorities have published their recommendations …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 26 August]

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Brexit: Treasury pledges to underwrite Horizon 2020 projects

Posted in Research on August 15th, 2016 by steve

UK“The Treasury has pledged to underwrite Horizon 2020 projects beyond the UK’s EU membership, a decision expected to provide assurances over the funding status of UK-based researchers …” (more)

[The Engineer, 15 August]

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Horizon 2020 funds projects with Irish participants to tune of €251m

Posted in Research on March 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Research projects involving Irish participants have won €251 million in funding from the European Union’s programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020 …” (more)

[Irish Times, 26 March]

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Science strategy promises more funding

Posted in Research on December 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government’s new science strategy will help bring full employment and a sustainable economy, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. ‘Innovation 2020 is a fundamental part of our plan to keep the recovery going’, he said …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 9 December]

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Government plans for €5bn spend on scientific research

Posted in Research on December 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Government will today reveal a €5 billion spending programme which will see the numbers involved in scientific research and development (R&D) activities rise from 25,000 to 40,000 over the next five years …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 8 December]

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Irish research projects secure €180m in EU funding

Posted in Research on November 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Since 2014 over 440 Irish applicants have secured nearly €180m in funding for research and innovation projects under an EU scheme. The finance has been made available via Horizon 2020, an EU funding programme for such projects that runs from 2014-2020 and has a budget of around €80bn …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 26 November]

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Why Irish eyes are smiling in Horizon 2020

Posted in Research on November 9th, 2015 by steve

EU“One of the surprise success stories in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme this year was the entry of four Irish universities into the list of the 50 top-performing universities. But how did they do it? …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 6 November]

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Horizon 2020: Statements

Posted in Research on October 9th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDamien English (Meath West, Fine Gael): I welcome this opportunity to address Seanad Éireann on Ireland’s results so far in Horizon 2020, the biggest ever European research and innovation programme. With approximately €78 billion of funding available over seven years, Horizon 2020 is the EU funding programme for research and development for the period 2014 to 2020. Its objectives are to enable a world-class research system for Europe, to support European leaders …” (more)

[Seanad debates, 8 October]

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The constant battle for Horizon 2020

Posted in Research on September 27th, 2015 by steve

EU“The first European research framework programme was launched in 1984, with just over €3 billion (US$3.3 billion). Over 30 years, Europe has pooled more and more resources into a tool that has proven its worth many times, helping to structure and reinforce European collaborative research in an increasingly competitive environment …” (more)

[Thomas Estermann and Enora Bennetot Pruvot, University World News, 25 September]

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EU hiring rules could catch out universities, warns Brussels

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2015 by steve

EU“Universities could lose up to a quarter of European Union research funding if they fail to comply with new rules designed to promote fair recruitment, a Brussels official has warned. Under the six-year €80 billion (£58.5 billion) Horizon 2020 settlement agreed in May, UK universities are expected to receive roughly £2 billion in EU funding over the next two years …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 14 September]

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Ireland achieves €127 million in EU Research funding

Posted in Research on July 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Mr Damien English TD, Minister for Skills Research and Innovation, today (28 July 2015) congratulated Ireland’s researchers and companies for their €127 million success in the first year of Horizon 2020, the current EU programme funding research and innovation …” (more)

[SFI, 28 July]

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Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland investing €50m to expand its research activities

Posted in Research on June 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is to invest €50 million in a major drive to expand its research activities. The five-year investment plan will create 100 research jobs, including 40 full-time academic posts, and will provide new laboratories and facilities to support their work …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 22 June]

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Horizon 2020: Surge in applications but low success rate

Posted in Research on June 22nd, 2015 by steve

EU“Up to the end of February 2015, after 14 months, Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2014-20, had received 45,000 applications. This represents a large surge in the number of applications …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 19 June]

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False barriers are hindering innovative research

Posted in Research on May 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fostering favourable conditions for research and innovation is one of the key things that Europe has to get right – at the institutional level of universities, at government level, and at EU level. But what do we have to do to ensure that pathways to research are open and supported, so that we get innovative products and services, engaged and dynamic entrepreneurs, and growth and competitiveness on the continent? …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, University World News, 1 May]

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Science Europe Welcomes Protection of H2020 Budget

Posted in Research on April 22nd, 2015 by steve

EU“Science Europe welcomes the decision by the European Parliament’s Committees on Industry, Energy and Research (ITRE), Budget (BUDG) and Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) to protect the Horizon 2020 budget from a proposal to reallocate part of its funds for the EFSI plan …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 22 April]

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Science Europe Statement on the use of EU Research Funds to Finance the European Fund for Strategic Investments

Posted in Research on March 30th, 2015 by steve

EU“In December 2014 Science Europe issued a strong warning against cutting funding for Horizon 2020 in order to finance the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), stressing that diversion of resources away from research would undermine Europe’s capacity to secure long-term investment in excellent research and to innovate …” (more)

[Science Europe, 30 March]

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