Doctoral students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2018 by steve

Catherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of students in State-funded third level education facilities that undertook doctoral research in 2017 and to date in 2018; and the number of these that were State funded …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 19 June]

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Universities demand hike in EU research funding

Posted in Research on June 17th, 2018 by steve

“In the wake of the European Commission’s release of its outline for the Ninth Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon Europe, 14 European associations of universities released a joint statement on Friday calling upon the European Union institutions to double the budget for Horizon Europe, improve its content and reconsider the budget distribution over the different pillars of the programme …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 15 June]

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EC gives details of €100 billion research proposal

Posted in Research on June 9th, 2018 by steve

“The European Commission has announced the details of its €100 billion (US$118 billion) proposal for the next long-term budget for its research and innovation programme for 2021-27, which it calls the ‘most ambitious research and innovation programme ever’. Horizon Europe, as the new programme is known, ‘will build on the achievements and success of the previous research and innovation programme (Horizon 2020) and keep the European Union at the forefront of global research and innovation’, the commission declared on Thursday …'” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 8 June]

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‘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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The UK’s participation in Horizon Europe: caught in a game of high politics?

Posted in Research on June 4th, 2018 by steve

“On 6 March 2018 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) released its proposed vision for the EU’s Ninth Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2021-2027). Recently christened Horizon Europe, this is the world’s largest and most competitive research funding programme, established at a time of growing uncertainty as to whether the UK wants, can afford, or will be allowed to fully participate …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, Centre for Global Higher Education]

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Innovation in Research Publishing and in Funding Proposals, both Quality and Quantifying

Posted in Research on June 4th, 2018 by steve

“How is this to be assessed: both the quantification of, and the quality of, innovation in research publications, and in research proposals requesting research funding. This important paper, by me, and Michael Orlov and Boris Mirkin ….” (more)

[Fionn Murtagh’s Blog, 3 June]


Research and Development Funding

Posted in Research on June 1st, 2018 by steve

Barry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the status of the increased investment in research and development as outlined in budget 2018; the amount of the €5 million allocation that has been spent; the projects on which it has been spent; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 31 May]

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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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Redefining a Post-Brexit EU-UK Partnership in Research and Higher Education

Posted in Research on April 11th, 2018 by steve

“The complexity of the intricate relationships linking European Union (EU) member states as well as the EU institutions and their member states appears to have been misunderstood in the United Kingdom (UK) at the time of the June 2016 referendum …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, College of Europe Policy Brief, April]

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Should research funding be allocated at random?

Posted in Research on April 8th, 2018 by steve

“Earlier this week, a group of early-career scientists had an opportunity to quiz Jim Smith, Director of Science at the Wellcome Trust. The ECRs were attending a course on Advanced Methods for Reproducible Science that I ran with Chris Chambers and Marcus Munafo, and Jim kindly agreed to come along for an after-dinner session which started in a lecture room and ended in the bar …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 7 April]


New €30m programme for ground-breaking research

Posted in Research on March 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government has moved to substantially increase ‘frontier research’ by allocating €30 million to third level institutions in 36 projects approved by the Irish Research Council. Details of the council’s inaugural ‘Laureate Awards’ were announced by the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, who confirmed they were in response to a gap identified in critical basic research being conducted in Ireland …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 23 March]

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Government announces €29.6 million investment in frontier research

Posted in Research on March 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education and Skills, and John Halligan TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, today announced a €29.6 million investment by the Irish Research Council in ‘frontier research’ projects …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 22 March]

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The Man Selling Science to Ireland’s Politicians

Posted in Research on March 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Despite our country’s small size, Irish research is performing exceptionally well on a world stage. With a clutch of world-class research centres and universities that compete with the best in the world when it comes to securing research funding, Ireland has a reason to pat itself on the back …” (more)

[Jamie Sugrue, University Times, 19 March]

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Horizon 2020 Strategy Funding

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2018 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the amount drawn down by Ireland from the Horizon 2020 fund to date; and the areas to which the funds have been allocated …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 30 January]

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52% Cut In Research Funding For Irish Third Level Since 2016

Posted in Research on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Just €14.4 million has been allocated in Budget 2018 compared to allocations of €30.4 million and €14.4 million in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Ireland’s future economic prosperity is being put at risk by the apparent failure of the Government to adequately resource third level funding schemes, claims Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Niall Collins TD …” (more)

[Hot Press, 15 January]

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Yes, Let’s Double Science Funding. But Why Not Arts Too?

Posted in Research on January 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As our economy picks up, we can expect more calls like the one this week from Prof Mark Ferguson, the Director of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Yet his call for a doubling of science funding – pitched as a vital cog in Ireland’s future – is an apt reminder of the vastly unequal funding landscape for arts and science researchers. If the path to research funding is rocky for Ireland’s scientists, it’s an alpine climb for staff in arts faculties …” (more)

[University Times, 14 January]

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Funding for science research needs to double, says SFI

Posted in Research on January 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s investment in science needs to almost double over the coming years if it is to be able to innovate on the scale required to transform the economy, according to Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Speaking at the launch of SFI’s review of 2017 and the research body’s outline of plans for 2018, its director general Prof Mark Ferguson said there was no issue about the quality research being conducted in Ireland …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 10 JAnuary]

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State spending on scientific research needs to increase by over €100m per year, expert warns

Posted in Research on January 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ireland needs to increase State spending on scientific research by more than €100m a year to compete successfully with other countries, warned the Government’s science advisor. The work of 4,000 scientific researchers in Ireland will be funded with the help of €172.5m this year from taxpayers but State-aid for research projects needs to grow to €300m a year within the next few years, said Professor Mark Ferguson, director general of the Science Foundation of Ireland …” (more)

[Alan O’Keeffe, Independent, 9 January]

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The cross-subsidy of research by teaching is a myth

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“Research is loss-making. This is perhaps the most frequently uttered mantra of modern university life in the UK. Vice-chancellors on headline-grabbing salaries, who claim to run today’s universities with the same precision chief executives employ to run multinational businesses, tell us that the only way that their institutions can afford to carry out their most unique activity – research – is to subsidise it via teaching and other income streams …” (more)

[Peter Coveney and Christopher Greenwell, Times Higher Education, 14 December]

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€26m funding announced for research, development and innovation

Posted in Research on December 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Government has announced €26 million in additional funding for research, development and innovation this year. €12 million will be used to meet commitments under Cycle 5 of the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions. A further €10.6 million will go to Science Foundation Ireland to support its Research Infrastructure programme activity …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 December]

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