850 research jobs to be supported with investment in science research

Posted in Research on May 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Investment of almost half a billion euro in cutting-edge science research is set to support the work of up to 850 researchers over the coming years. The Government announced on Thursday that it will invest €230 million in six Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centres …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 May]

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Universities across Ireland in all-island collaboration

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Presidents and Vice-Chancellors of ten universities in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have met at Queen’s University Belfast. At this meeting, all universities confirmed their commitment to collaborating, on an all-island basis, across a broad range of research and education initiatives …” (more)

[IUA, 12 April]

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University of Limerick to lead new €21m data science research training centre

Posted in Research on March 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The University of Limerick is to lead a new €21 million research training centre for data science, it has been announced. In partnership with University College Dublin and Maynooth University, UL is to lead a new €21 million SFI Centre for Research Training in Foundations of Data Science, with industry partners coordinated by Skillnet Ireland …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 6 March]

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Colleges and companies to partner on courses for ‘future economy’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Some 90 companies are going to partner with Irish third-level colleges in running postgraduate courses and research programmes to train students in key skills needed in the digital science, data, and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 5 March]

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A Hint of Blue Skies for Irish Science?

Posted in Research on February 9th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“I was quite excited the other day when I got an email notifying me that Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has announced a new funding programme called Frontiers for the Future. What particularly caught my attention are the so-called Frontiers for the Future Projects …” (more)

[In the Dark, 9 February]

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Science Foundation Ireland – Research Centres

Posted in Research on January 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the location of each SFI research centre; and the amount of funding allocated to each such centre in 2018 and 2019, by county, in tabular form …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 January]

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Science Foundation Ireland – Funding

Posted in Research on January 24th, 2019 by steve

IrelandBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the capital and current funding allocated to Science Foundation Ireland on an annual basis since it was established up to 2018; and the 2019 allocation for same …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 January]

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Appointment as Chairperson to the Board of Science Foundation Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Chairperson of the Board of Science Foundation Ireland. The ideal candidate for the position should demonstrate in their application evidence of: a proven record of achievement at an appropriately senior level that demonstrates the necessary vision, leadership and management skills, as well as personal resilience; prior experience of Board membership or of Chairing a Board …” (more)

[StateBoards.ie, 16 January]

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Science Foundation Ireland Research Plan

Posted in Research on January 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Dr Maria Prencipe, UCD Conway Institute, and Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, discusses the launch of Science Foundation Ireland’s annual plan that will be finding 20 research projects across a range of sectors” (podcast).

[RTÉ – Drivetime, 16 February]

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Sustainability and Irish Science

Posted in Research on December 19th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There’s an interesting news item in the Education section of the Irish times about the appointment of Prof Séamus Davis to positions at both the University of Oxford and University College Cork, under a Science Foundation Ireland scheme intended to capitalize on Brexit (and the imminent loss of EU funding it implies) and the unhappy situation for science in the USA …” (more)

[In The Dark, 19 December]

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Irish university makes first Brexit-inspired academic appointment

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

Ireland“The first in a series of world-class academic appointments aimed at capitalising on Brexit and uncertainty in the US is to be announced on Wednesday. UCC has made a joint appointment with Oxford University of a leading experimental quantum physicist, Prof Séamus Davis …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 19 December]

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‘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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