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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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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