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)

[, 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]


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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Irish Universities work together to launch €46m software research facility Lero at the University of Limerick

Posted in Research on November 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A €46.4m software research facility launched at the University of Limerick yesterday will help more than 1,000 Irish companies develop and expand their products. Called Lero, it involves unique partnership between all the country’s universities …” (more)

[Jimmy Woulfe, Irish Examiner, 24 November]

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Mark Ferguson: defending the cause of science

Posted in Research on November 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The role of Ireland’s Chief Scientific Advisor is half-way between that of an ambassador and a facilitator for science …” (more)

[Sabine Louët, Euroscientist, 11 November]

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SFI is leading Irish science over a cliff

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on November 5th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“As science week approaches and the dust settles on the annual Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research summit, it’s timely to ask where Irish science is headed? Sadly, it appears to be over a cliff. That is unless someone, somehow, manages to remove control of our national science policy from the hands of politicians who are interested only in looking good at the next election …” (more)

[Sean Duke, Science Spinning, 4 November]


Climbing the international innovation rankings

Posted in Research on September 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“While Ireland may have had some mixed results in the latest international university rankings the country overall is doing very well indeed when it comes to innovation and research ratings …” (more)

[Bary McCall, Irish Times, 28 September]

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Benefits of R&D projects that link third-level with industry

Posted in Research on August 31st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Organisations involved in commercialising R&D argue that strong national R&D programmes that bring together third-level researchers and industry are critical to the economy. This matters at a time when the Government is considering its next five-year plan for State-backed science and technology research and development …” (more)

[Karlin Lillington, Irish Times, 31 August]

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