Starting Grant Statistics

Posted in Research on January 10th, 2022 by steve

Ireland“Today the European Research Council (ERC) announced the first round of winners of Starting Grants under the new Horizon Europe programme. The results make for interesting reading. Some 397 grants were awarded worth a total of €619 million, i.e. about €1.5 million each on average, all intended for researchers in the early stages of their careers. A complete list of award winners can be found in this PDF document. Congratulations to all of them! Here is the breakdown by host country …” (more)

[In the Dark, 10 January]

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European universities warn of risks as UK remains outside EU science

Posted in Research on November 7th, 2021 by steve

“Lobby groups for over 1,000 universities have urged the European Commission to finalize the UK’s association to the EU’s research and innovation program, as Britain remains frozen out over Brexit disputes …” (more)

[Cristina Gallardo, Politico, 4 November]

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How EU Budget Cuts are Threatening the Future of Irish Research

Posted in Research on October 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Since its establishment in 2007, the European Research Council (ERC) has developed a reputation for excellence. Its grantees have won seven Nobel Prizes, four Fields Medals and five Wolf Prizes, along with the 6,100 publications produced by its grantees being among the top one per cent most cited in their respective fields …” (more)

[Jane Cook, University Times, 8 October]

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Harris Promises ‘Bright New Era’ For Irish Research

Posted in Research on September 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris today promised a ‘bright new era for research in Ireland’, saying that Ireland’s recent achievements in research funding should ‘only make us more ambitious’ …” (more)

[Jane Cook, University Times, 16 September]

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Four Irish projects to share €10m of EU research funding

Posted in Research on April 1st, 2020 by steve

“Four Irish researchers are to benefit from a total of €10 million in grants to study the ancient genetic make-up of farm animals, complete a data analysis of 36,000 Victorian-era books, examine the impact of extreme trauma and investigate novel substances that could reduce energy and carbon footprints. The European Research Council (ERC), an EU institution, has allocated €2.5 million to each of the projects under its ‘advanced grant’ programme, which seeks to facilitate exploration of the most daring and creative ideas …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 31 March]

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The EU will not tolerate cherry-picking by the UK

Posted in Research on February 21st, 2020 by steve

“UK academics love the ERC, but selective participation in Horizon Europe is unlikely to be on the table, says John Womersley. Right at the end of the UK prime minister’s recent parliamentary statement on British intentions during the next 11 months of negotiations with the European Union comes a brief sentence on which the UK’s research and higher education communities are pinning great hope …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 20 February]

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It’s Not My Brexit Either

Posted in Research on February 3rd, 2020 by steve

“I am trying to decide whether to remove the Twitter ‘Scientists for the EU’ twibbon from my profile. I still am a scientist and I’m still pro EU, but there’s no longer quite the same message to be conveyed …” (more)

[Athene Donald’s Blog, 2 February]

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Irish universities secure six prestigious European research grants

Posted in Research on December 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities have secured six out of just over 300 lucrative European research grants which are awarded to the continent’s top scientists and scholars. The Irish performance is an improvement on the last round when there was just a single European Research Council (ERC) grant winner from Ireland …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 10 December]

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Govt Short-Sightedness Causing Crisis in Research and Development

Posted in Research on September 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Science, Technology, Research and Development, James Lawless, has said the short-sighted approach taken by Fine Gael in only funding research with expedient commercial outputs has greatly hampered the research and development ecosystem in Ireland …” (more)

[Fianna Fáil, 15 September]

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University Presidents Call for Urgent Changes to State Research Funding Following Poor Outcome from EU Programme

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Presidents of Ireland’s seven universities, represented by the IUA, have called on the Government and the national research funding agencies to urgently address strategic deficiencies in how Irish research is funded, following the outcome of the latest European Research Council (ERC) funding programme. Only one Irish-based researcher was funded out of a total of 408 grant awards from the €621 million funding programme …” (more)

[IUA, 13 September]

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IUA Calls for Funding Rethink, as Ireland Gets Only One EU Research Grant

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The presidents of all seven Irish universities today called for a rethink on how research is funded in Ireland after the European Research Council’s granted Irish-based researchers only one of its 408 grants …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 13 September]

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Ireland secures just one of over 400 European research grants

Posted in Research on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Just one of more than 400 recently announced European research grants has been awarded to Ireland prompting calls for an overhaul in how the Government carries out its own funding. The presidents of seven third level institutions represented by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) have said national funding for primary research is far behind that of other countries …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 13 September]

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Academics doing ‘life-changing’ research could lose EU funding in no-deal Brexit, universities warn

Posted in Research on March 19th, 2019 by steve

“Academics could lose hundreds of millions of pounds in European Union (EU) research funding if the UK crashes out of the bloc without a deal, Universities UK (UUK) has said. Those who applied for the latest round of grants from the European Research Council (ERC) will find out if they were successful on 8 April …” (more)

[Zamira Rahim, Independent, 19 March]

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Appointments to the Board of the Educational Research Centre

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill a vacancy on the Board of the Educational Research Centre. Essential: Applicants must demonstrate in their application evidence of one or both of the following:- Corporate Governance and Compliance: Significant senior level experience in the areas of corporate governance and/or compliance in either a public, private or community and voluntary sector organisation …” (more)

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‘Moonshot’ science trumps basic research in EU budget proposals

Posted in Research on June 8th, 2018 by steve

“Curiosity-driven science has lost out to huge ‘moonshot’ research projects in plans for the next European Union research and innovation programme, Horizon Europe. University representatives were left disappointed by a smaller than expected proposed budget increase for the European Research Council, arguably the continent’s most prestigious funder of basic research …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 7 June]

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TCD surging ahead of Dublin rivals UCD rivals on basic research

Posted in Research on May 5th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“UCD you’ve got a problem! I realised the extent of UCD’s problem after I put in a request this morning to the European Research Council (ERC) for a list of Irish holders of their coveted advanced grants …” (more)

[Sean Duke, Science Spinning, 5 May]


Ireland, Europe and scientific research

Posted in Research on October 11th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – On Thursday, The Irish Times published the article ‘Why Ireland has a bad reputation for research’ about the upcoming visit to Ireland of European Research Council (ERC) president Jean-Pierre Bourguignon (‘Why Ireland has a bad reputation for research’, Analysis, October 6th). It highlights the low success rate of Irish researchers when applying for funding to the ERC …” (more)

[Luke O’Neill and others, Irish Times, 11 October]

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Why Ireland has a bad reputation for research

Posted in Research on October 6th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“‘Give a dog a bad name’ is an apt way to describe Ireland’s early engagement with the European Research Council (ERC), a key funding body within the EU’s Horizon 2020 research budget …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 6 October]

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Ireland failing at European research level

Posted in Research on July 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s dire showing in the latest round of European Research Council (ERC) advanced grants last week, suggests that basic scientific research here is not up to European, let alone world, standards …” (more)

[Sean Duke, Science Spinning, 10 July]

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Irish government under fire for turning its back on basic research

Posted in Research on March 17th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Ireland’s drive to focus government research grants on areas that might create jobs and wealth is ‘short-sighted’ and is destabilizing the country’s basic-research fabric, say around 900 scientists in a letter to the Irish government. The call is aimed at changing the course of Ireland’s national research strategy, which is currently under revision …” (more)

[Declan Butler, Nature, 17 March]

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