‘Women-only’ posts not the answer to gender imbalance – TCD academic

Posted in Governance and administration on November 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A senior Trinity College Dublin academic has said she is not sure if the creation of ‘women-only’ professorships in third level institutions is the way to improve gender balance in the education system. Prof Linda Doyle, dean of research at the university, said that from a feminist perspective there was a need to do something for women to ensure a greater number of them fill senior academic posts …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 12 November]

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Science Foundation Ireland

Posted in Research on October 26th, 2018 by steve

IrelandBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the amount allocated to the strategic partnership programme for SFI in each year since it was established; and the number of approved applicants in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 October]

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Science Foundation Ireland Staff

Posted in Governance and administration on October 19th, 2018 by steve

IrelandMary Butler (Waterford, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the criteria and qualifications required to sit on the Science Foundation Ireland oversight review panel; the make-up and format of the panel; the remit of the panel to consider the funding allocation 2019-2025; the reason for the necessity of an additional panel; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 October]

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Outgoing Chief Executive of HEA outlines reasons for resignation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The outgoing CEO of the Higher Education Authority, Dr Graham Love has outlined some of the reasons for his unexpected resignation from the body in August after 18 months in the role. He was speaking as both the Department of Education and the Higher Education Authority appeared before the Public Accounts Committee this afternoon …” (more)

[Edel McAllister, RTÉ News, 18 October]

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Government investment in Research and Development amounts to over €750m in 2018 – Minister Halligan

Posted in Research on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, John Halligan TD, has welcomed the latest figures on Government investment in research and development (R&D) published today by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, which show that over €750m is estimated to have been invested in R&D in 2018 …” (more)

[Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, 5 October]

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Science Foundation Ireland Grants

Posted in Research on October 4th, 2018 by steve

IrelandSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour): I thank the Minister of State with responsibility for this issue for coming before the House today. I want to raise the issue of the defunding of the INFANT research centre, a perinatal healthcare centre in University College Cork. It is a Science Foundation Ireland funded research centre that is led by female investigators and the only one of its kind in the State. The centre deals specifically with ensuring better health outcomes for pregnant women and their children and babies, both in utero and after birth …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 3 October]

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Expert quit centre role after ‘flawed’ funding assessment

Posted in Research on October 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A leading expert in the health research landscape said she quit her governance position at a perinatal research centre because the university where it is based failed to challenge Science Foundation Ireland’s decision not to fund it …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan and Elaine Loughlin, BreakingNews.ie, 3 October]

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SFI decision to pull funding from INFANT centre follows ‘robust’ process

Posted in Research on October 1st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) said its decision not to provide a new round of funding for a high-profile research centre was made following a robust process. SFI has decided not to provide a new round of funding to the University College Cork-based INFANT centre once its current allocation comes to an end next year, RTÉ reported on Monday …” (more)

[Vivienne Clarke, Irish Times, 1 October]

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€22 million manufacturing research centre to be hosted in UCD

Posted in Research on September 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD and Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD have launched a new advanced manufacturing research centre which is to be hosted in UCD in partnership with 5 other higher education institutes …” (more)

[Brían Donnelly, University Observer, 25 September]

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Trump and Brexit could lure more scientists to Ireland, says research chief

Posted in Research on July 24th, 2018 by steve

“Uncertainty in the UK and US scientific communities because of combined effects of Brexit and Donald Trump’s controversial policies could provide Ireland with a competitive advantage, according to the director general of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) …” (more)

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

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Science Foundation Ireland invests €173m in research projects

Posted in Research on July 18th, 2018 by steve

“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) said it invested €173 million in research programmes last year and supported over 1,500 industry collaborations, its annual report shows. The organisation said research programmes it backed generated €116 million in non-exchequer funding …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 18 July]

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Science Foundation Ireland

Posted in Research on July 6th, 2018 by steve

Maurice Quinlivan (Limerick City, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the budget allocation for Science Foundation Ireland for 2016, 2017 and 2018, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 5 July]

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Gender Balance – SFI

Posted in Research on June 23rd, 2018 by steve

Fiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the progress in achieving more gender balance in funded research under Science Foundation Ireland’s Agenda 2020 strategy; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 June]

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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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Appointment to the Board of Science Foundation Ireland

Posted in Research on May 31st, 2018 by steve

“The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, in consultation with the Minister for Education and Skills invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates for the vacancy on the board of Science Foundation Ireland. Applicants must be a member of a recognised professional accountancy body and have senior-level experience of a Research Funding organisation or a commercial enterprise …” (more)

[StateBoards.ie, 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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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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Funding priorities of Science Foundation Ireland need re-balancing

Posted in Research on February 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), which receives the largest proportion of Irish research funding from the Government, needs to be reconfigured to ensure its supports basic third-level research more, according to Fianna Fáil spokesman on science James Lawless …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 11 February]

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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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