State funds for science to be based on merit

Posted in Research on January 7th, 2013 by steve

“No scientific discipline will be excluded when the Government introduces its new research funding programme early in the new year. Funding will only be awarded, however, if a project represents excellence in research and makes an economic or societal contribution, Minister of State for Research Seán Sherlock has said …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 7 January]

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New research strategy prompts unease

Posted in Research on January 7th, 2013 by steve

“Irish Research Council’s Prof Orla Feely believes Government push for return on investment can be met. Change seems the order of the day when it comes to Ireland’s research community …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 7 January]

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Love lost for science policy

Posted in Research on November 29th, 2012 by steve

“In the last year, there has been a major shift in the government’s policy for supporting scientific research. Formerly, the emphasis was on research excellence in any field. Now the priority is for research to have commercial applications and to partner with industry …” (more)

[Paul Higgins & Neal O’Riain, Science Calling!, 29 November]

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What now for scientific funding in Ireland?

Posted in Research on November 19th, 2012 by steve

“The future of scientific funding was a key talking point at Science Foundation Ireland’s summit in Athlone. Change is inevitable, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. And last week when Science Foundation Ireland rolled out its new strategy, Agenda 2020, it re-ignited discussion about the future of scientific research in Ireland …” (more)

[Claire O’Connell, Irish Times, 19 November]

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Funding science

Posted in Research on November 5th, 2012 by steve

“Uncertainty is undermining the previously positive relationship between Ireland’s scientific research community and the main State body that funds research, Science Foundation Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Times, 5 November]

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Funding for science research

Posted in Research on October 29th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – Sidney Altman and his colleagues (October 23rd) highlight the importance of science to the recovery and future development of the EU, and the very real dangers that would follow from possible drastic cuts to the budgets of European-level research funding bodies …” (more)

[Stephen Wills, Irish Times, 29 October]

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Calling guest posts on science policy

Posted in Research on October 22nd, 2012 by steve

“Science research is intertwined with policy and politics. Scientists are impacted everyday by the decisions of policy makers including allocation of funding, strategies and laws. In turn, the outcomes of science can change government policy …” (more)

[Maria Delaney, Science Calling!, 22 October]

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Sinead Morris reports on the prospects of a career in scientific research in Ireland

Posted in Research on September 30th, 2012 by steve

“… and during the week two students from Synge Street School in Dublin won joint first prize in the EU contest for young scientists in Bratislava …” (audio)

[RTÉ This Week, 30 September]

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Submissions sought on science plan

Posted in Research on September 3rd, 2012 by steve

“Researchers, scientists and other interested parties have been invited to make submissions on next year’s annual funding plan for the enterprise body Science Foundation Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Times, 3 September]

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Funding for science

Posted in Research on July 3rd, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton’s announcement of Science Foundation Ireland’s €39 million investment is welcome (Business Today, June 30th), but this new narrow focus on applied science is a serious threat to Ireland’s emerging reputation for world-class basic research …” (more)

[Peter Gallagher and Emma Teeling, Irish Times, 3 July]

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Research Prioritisation Report

Posted in Research on March 2nd, 2012 by steve

“According to an Irish Times story by Dick Ahlstrom and Fiona Reddan the government has approved the report of the Research Prioritisation Steering Group in identifying 14 priority areas for state-funded research …” (more)

[Aidan Kane, Irish Economy, 2 March]

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Research: 14 areas to get €500m

Posted in Research on March 2nd, 2012 by steve

“Fourteen areas of research have been earmarked for €500m of funding as part of the Government’s attempts to turn research ideas into jobs. Information communications technology, health, pharmaceutical and energy are the main sectors that the areas of research fall into …” (more)

[Vincent Ryan, Irish Examiner, 2 March]

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Government’s plan to target core €500m research budget at turning good ideas into good jobs

Posted in Research on March 1st, 2012 by steve

“The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Richard Bruton, TD, along with the Minister for Research and Innovation, Mr Sean Sherlock, TD, today [Thursday] launched the Government’s plan to target the majority of the Government’s core €500m budget that the State spends on scientific research every year on areas with the greatest potential for economic return …” (more)

[SFI, 1 March]

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National Research Forum

Posted in Research on September 12th, 2011 by steve

“Hi all! Welcome back to my Blog after the summer break! Last Tuesday I attended the National Research Prioritisation Stakeholder Forum organised by Forfas – Ireland’s policy advisory board for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation …” (more)

[A President’s Blog by PJ Rudden, 12 September]

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Government-appointed Irish Advisory Council for Science endorses ‘smart economy’ policy despite evidence of failure

Posted in Research on January 17th, 2011 by steve

“The Irish Government’s Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, mainly comprising university insiders, recipients of public funding and a State agency head, has unsurprisingly endorsed the Government’s ‘smart economy’ strategy despite the evidence of failure …” (more)

[Finfacts Ireland, 17 January]

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Research prioritisation

Posted in Research on October 2nd, 2010 by steve

“I confess it is very tempting to feel less than enthusiastic when yet another group is established to chart a strategic direction relevant to Irish higher education. We still don’t really know what (if anything) is happening with the Colin Hunt review, which is supposed to set out a roadmap for higher education …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 2 October]

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Smart, smarter, smartest

Posted in Research on September 30th, 2010 by steve

“Another day, another committee. Forfas has established a high-level group to identify research priorities for Ireland. The group’s composition suggests that its recommendations will be demand-driven. Research is no good, however, unless it is top class. Ireland should research those things at which it can beat the world – and import all other knowledge …” (more)

[Richard Tol, Irish Economy, 30 September]

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Taskforce appointed to identify research priorities

Posted in Research on September 27th, 2010 by steve

“Minister for Enterprise Batt O’Keeffe has appointed a taskforce to identify priority areas for research and ‘smart’ economy Government investment over the next five years …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 27 September]