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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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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Research Funding

Posted in Research on March 26th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the steps he plans to take in response to the unprecedented move by over 900 scientists expressing concern regarding the Government’s research policy and over-concentration on commercial research …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 26 March]

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Scientific Research

Posted in Research on March 26th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the steps he is taking to ensure Science Foundation Ireland continues to fund basic fundamental scientific research; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 26 March]

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Priority Questions: Scientific Research

Posted in Research on March 26th, 2015 by steve

IrelandDeputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his policy on capturing the long-term benefits of scientific research, following an open letter by over 900 scientists (details supplied); his strategy for the funding of applied research and basic research; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Questions, 26 March]

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Funding basic research in science

Posted in Research on March 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As scientists in Ireland and Irish scientists abroad, we are committed to making our contribution to Ireland’s recovery by doing the best and most innovative research possible. However, we are deeply concerned about the research policies implemented by the current Government …” (more)

[Tom Cotter and others, Irish Times, 18 March]

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Research scientists lobby Government over funding

Posted in Research on March 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“More than 800 leading research scientists have joined forces to lobby the Government as it prepares a new national strategy for scientific research. In a letter to The Irish Times today, they outline proposals for developing a strong research base within Ireland …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 18 March]

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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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Research report sets out progress in turning ideas in jobs – Sherlock

Posted in Research on July 7th, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, TD, has welcomed the publication of the First Progress Report on implementation of the National Research Prioritisation Exercise which is Ireland’s Research and Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategy …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 7 July]

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The Two Faces of Ireland’s R&D Development Approach

Posted in Research on March 12th, 2014 by steve

“From the late 1990s onwards, the Irish Government embarked on a strategy of significantly enhancing the scientific, technological and innovative capacity of the country, as part of its aim to develop as a knowledge and innovation-based economy …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 12 March]

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Medical research funding must think in a more joined-up way

Posted in Research on November 25th, 2013 by steve

“We all need a reality check from time to time, a fresh perspective offered by someone with an outsider’s view. It pulls you up short and forces you to reconsider why and how you are doing things, and identifies room for improvement …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 25 November]

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SFI’s remit extended under new legislation

Posted in Legal issues, Research on October 11th, 2013 by steve

“Legislation extending the remit of Science Foundation Ireland was signed into law by Minister for Research and Innovation Seán Sherlock today …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 11 October]

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Research Funding Does Not Seem to Match Research Performance

Posted in Research on June 29th, 2013 by steve

“From the abstract: ‘Agencies that fund scientific research must choose: is it more effective to give large grants to a few elite researchers, or small grants to many researchers? Large grants would be more effective only if scientific impact increases as an accelerating function of grant size.’ …” (more)

[Constantin Gurdgiev, True Economics, 29 June]

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The Link between Research and Education

Posted in Research on March 1st, 2013 by steve

“Last week’s announcement of research centres has reinforced the policy of this government that will prioritize research resources into areas that bring together research and enterprise …” (more)

[The World According to Gar, 28 February]

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Policy speak with Minister Séan Sherlock

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2013 by steve

“Irish and European science policy was on the agenda when Science Calling caught up with Minister of State for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock, in his office in Kildare Street recently …” (more, audio)

[Maria Delaney, Science Calling!, 18 February]

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New €60m scientific investment in prioritised areas – Minister Sherlock

Posted in Research on January 25th, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD, and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, today announced funding, totalling €60million, dedicated to 85 pioneering research initiatives …” (more)

[The Labour Party, 25 January]

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Make sure science keeps its spark

Posted in Research on January 9th, 2013 by steve

“Value for money from investment in R&D is more important than ever, which is why the role of the Government’s chief scientific adviser is so vital, writes Research Minister Seán Sherlock …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 9 January]

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Researchers’ disquiet likely to remain until funding plan published

Posted in Research on January 7th, 2013 by steve

“The science community should have nothing to fear from the research prioritisation process, according to Minister of State for Research Seán Sherlock …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 7 January]

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