Science Foundation Ireland – North-South Collaboration

Posted in Research on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of SFI awards that have been made to HEIs for collaborations between the North and South under the CSET, SRC, PICA and PIYRA programmes; the details of the awards for the years 2015 and 2016 showing which HEIs and research teams benefitted from these awards, in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 February]

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Professor Mark Ferguson reappointed as Director General of Science Foundation Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland today announced the reappointment of Professor Mark Ferguson as Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland. Professor Ferguson will serve a further five year term …” (more)

[SFI, 8 February]

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Research under way to attract UK scientists to Ireland

Posted in Research on January 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s research community is preparing for changes that will come once Brexit arrives. There are overt efforts to coax leading UK scientists to set up in Ireland with the promise of research funding. Novel ways of bringing top scientists here on a part-time basis are also being organised …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 31 January]

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Love appointed as Higher Education Authority chief

Posted in Governance and administration on January 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dr Graham Love has been appointed new Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority following the retirement last August of Tom Boland. Dr Love worked in senior roles in Science Foundation Ireland before assuming his current position as Chief Executive of the Health Research Board …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 6 January]

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Gender warning to third levels

Posted in Research on December 13th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Moves to withhold research funds from universities that fail to deal with gender inequality have been welcomed by an academic union.The Irish Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland and Health Research Board will only allow those from 20 publicly-funded third-level colleges apply for competitive funding if they have met minimum requirements to deal with the issues from the end of 2019 …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 13 December]

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Colleges to lose funds over gender inequality

Posted in Research on December 10th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Only colleges tackling academic gender inequality will be eligible for a slice of an annual €230m public research fund. The measures aimed at getting more than 20 publicly funded institutions to take gender equality in research careers more seriously will take effect from the end of 2019. Only those with the minimum bronze accreditation under the Athena Swan gender equality scheme …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 10 December]

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Budget 2017: More allocated for scientific and humanities research

Posted in Research on October 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Departments of Jobs and of Education have both receive additional money to spend on scientific and humanities research. The Jobs allocation will see Science Foundation Ireland receive a 3.5% increase to €162.5 million, and Enterprise Ireland will have €122 million to invest in research supports, up 3.7% …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 11 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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Irish-funded scientist under investigation over his research

Posted in Legal issues on August 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A Scottish-based scientist who was awarded grants worth almost €500,000 from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is under investigation amid allegations that he falsified and duplicated research into new treatments for cystic fibrosis …” (more)

[Peter Geoghegan, Irish Times, 29 August]

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Stem graduates ‘are qualified for just about any job’

Posted in Governance and administration on August 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“While there is certainly a growing need for graduates in Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects from a range of growth sectors across the economy, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) director general Prof Mark Ferguson believes there are compelling reasons beyond direct job opportunities for students to consider courses in this area …” (more)

[Barry McCall, Irish Times, 25 August]

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Ireland’s researchers are punching above their weight despite ‘below-average investment’

Posted in Research on August 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s researchers are delivering among the best returns in Europe on the money put into their projects – despite ‘below-average public investment’ in the sector. That is according to Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), whose director general Mark Ferguson said …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 6 August]

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UCD, Trinity and Tyndall Institute dominate SFI funding

Posted in Research on August 4th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Researchers at three institutes got €36m of €55m pledged by Science Foundation Ireland. Researchers at Trinity, UCD and Cork’s Tyndall National Institute won nearly €36 million of the more than €55 million pledged in research grants by Science Foundation Ireland …” (more)

[Sunday Business Post, 3 August]

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Wanted: more qualified PhD students for life sciences

Posted in Teaching on July 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Highly qualified graduates, and plenty of them, are central to sustaining Ireland’s life sciences success. But how to get them? ‘There is an ever-increasing need for ever better graduates’, says Mark Ferguson, director general of Science Foundation Ireland …” (more)

[Sandra O’Connell, Irish Times, 28 July]

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Multi-million euro award boosts universities’ cancer research

Posted in Research on April 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“New medical treatments for cancer, cardiovascular disease and rare conditions could flow from a multi-million euro research award jointly funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and pharma giant Pfizer …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 13 April]

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Science Foundation Ireland to invest €28m in research equipment and facilities

Posted in Research on January 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Jobs has announced a new €28m investment through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in research equipment and facilities that will benefit some 21 projects …” (more)

[Michael Cogley, Independent, 12 January]

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Science agency unveils plan to open large research centres

Posted in Research on December 15th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland expects to open three to five large research centres. The foundation also plans a new research programme to encourage more blue skies and close to market research and will continue to address gender imbalance in Ireland’s labs …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 15 December]

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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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Scientific talent in Ireland needs to be backed by investment

Posted in Research on December 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s got talent in scientific research, but we need to keep investing it to attract even more. That’s according to Dr Jim Sullivan of global biopharmaceutical company AbbVie, which is embarking on two new collaborations with Irish research groups …” (more)

[Claire O’Connell, Irish Times, 7 December]

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New €26m geoscience research centre at UCD

Posted in Research on December 2nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“100 research positions will be created. A new €26 million world class geoscience research centre has been opened at University College Dublin. 100 highly skilled research positions will be supported by the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG), which will focus on discovering and safely sourcing materials, water and energy …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 2 December]

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