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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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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Science Foundation Ireland appoints Deputy Director General

Posted in Research on December 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland has announced the appointment of Dr Ciarán Seoighe as Deputy Director General of Science Foundation Ireland. Ciarán joins Science Foundation Ireland from Accenture and will commence duties on the 15th January 2018 …” (more)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 27 December]

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Science Foundation Ireland – Funding

Posted in Research on December 15th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the Exchequer funding allocated to Science Foundation Ireland on an annual basis since it was established up to 2017; and the 2018 allocation …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 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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Research Funding: PRTLI

Posted in Research on November 25th, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation when the next round of PRTLI funding will occur; if the PRTLI funding programme is not confirmed her plans to provide a successor programme of this type of essential funding for third level institutions; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 23 November]

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Appointment to the Board of Science Foundation Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2017 by steve

IrelandThe Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, in consultation with the Minister for Education and Skills invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates for a vacancy on the Board of Science Foundation Ireland … (more)

[State Boards .ie, 17 November]

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Research Funding Data

Posted in Research on September 21st, 2017 by steve

IrelandJames Lawless (Kildare North, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of SMEs that have undertaken applied research in conjunction with a funded agency or institution under the aegis of her Department in each of the past ten years, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 20 September]

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Funding undergraduate education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – On September 7th, two events occurred in Dublin, barely a kilometre apart, that demonstrate the policy inconsistency that besets Irish higher education. At the Royal Irish Academy, Maynooth University convened a seminar on the funding of undergraduate education, with a focus on income-contingent loans …” (more)

[Tom Boland, Irish Times, 11 September]

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More focused approach to scientific research is paying off

Posted in Research on September 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The announcement of four new Science Foundation Ireland research centres is one of the most significant investments in scientific endeavour in Ireland of recent years, and will maintain momentum for an approach that is generating globally-significant research …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 7 September]

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New €20m fund for agricultural research and innovation

Posted in Research on September 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A new €20 million fund for agricultural research and innovation has been announced by the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF). The ‘Ireland AgTech Fund (IAF)’ will invest in start-up and early stage AgTech companies that can ‘generate significant economic impact’ in the Irish agriculture and food sectors …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 6 September]

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SFI to invest €72m in four new research centres

Posted in Research on May 2nd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Professor Mark Ferguson says the country needs to invest in areas of real potential to ensure future economic competitiveness. Eight new world class multimillion euro research centres have received approval in principle from Science Foundation Ireland. However, only four will be able to proceed straight away as there is no funding available for the others …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 2 May]

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Failure to Recruit Top Academics Sees Trinity Develop a New Method for Strategic Hires

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s University Council approved a proposed new method for strategic hires, following the College’s disappointing recruitment of only one of five targeted professors under the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Targeted Professors initiative …” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 25 February]

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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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