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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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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Trinity drop in world list sparks row over funding

Posted in Governance and administration on September 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new controversy is erupting over State funding for university researchers after Trinity College Dublin (TCD) dropped 44 places in the latest annual global rankings. In a further blow to the nation’s higher education reputation, the only Irish entry in the world’s top 200 tumbled from 120th to 164th in the UK-based Times Higher Education table …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 12 September]

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Appointments to the Irish Research Council

Posted in Research on July 13th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills invites applications from the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Academic Community to fill 3 vacancies on the Irish Research Council. Candidates must demonstrate in their application evidence of the following at an appropriately senior level: …” (more)

[StateBoards.ie, 12 July]

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All publicly funded Irish research to be made freely available from 2020

Posted in Research on July 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A new government framework on ‘open research’ states that all Irish scholarly publications resulting from publicly funded research are to be made openly available from 2020. The framework was launched by Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan and contains a set of initiatives designed to change the culture of Irish academia …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 11 July]

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IUA welcomes Government announcement of €12m IRC investment in curiosity driven basic research

Posted in Research on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes the announcement today by Ministers Joe McHugh and John Halligan of €12 million investment by the Irish Research Council in ground-breaking, basic research projects. Twelve researchers will each receive a maximum of €1 million funding under the Irish Research Council’s Advanced Laureate Awards to conduct leading-edge research over four years …” (more)

[IUA, 11 April]

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The future of research between Ireland and the UK in a post-Brexit world

Posted in Research on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Mags Walsh, Director of the British Council in Ireland, has contributed this piece about the important relationship between the UK and Ireland from a research perspective. The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. They aim to create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 11 December]

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New €30m programme for ground-breaking research

Posted in Research on March 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Government has moved to substantially increase ‘frontier research’ by allocating €30 million to third level institutions in 36 projects approved by the Irish Research Council. Details of the council’s inaugural ‘Laureate Awards’ were announced by the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton, who confirmed they were in response to a gap identified in critical basic research being conducted in Ireland …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 23 March]

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Government announces €29.6 million investment in frontier research

Posted in Research on March 23rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education and Skills, and John Halligan TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, today announced a €29.6 million investment by the Irish Research Council in ‘frontier research’ projects …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 22 March]

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Irish Research Council

Posted in Research on February 22nd, 2018 by steve

IrelandCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the sum of moneys allocated by the Irish Research Council in each of the years 2012 to 2017 and to date in 2018 under the enterprise partnership schemes or employment led schemes; the amount recouped from employers in each of those years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 February]

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Irish Research Council welcomes establishment of gender equality task force for higher education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on November 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Research Council has welcomed the launch by Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD of a gender equality task force in higher education. Commenting today, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Chair of the Irish Research Council, said …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 6 November]

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Irish Research Council Appoints Peter Brown as Director

Posted in Research on October 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Peter Brown has been appointed as the new Director of the Irish Research Council (IRC), one of Ireland’s most important funding bodies. Brown, who has been Interim Director of the IRC since May 2017, will take up the role with immediate effect. He’ll replace Dr Eucharia Meehan, who left the position to become chief executive of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) …” (more)

[Kilian Tscherny, University Times, 18 October]

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Irish Research Council welcomes long-term commitment to supporting blue sky research

Posted in Research on October 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Research Council has welcomed a long-term commitment from Government to supporting research across all disciplines and career stages in today’s Budget announcement. The Government have announced a capital allocation of €21m over the period 2018-2021 to support the development of a pipeline of researchers at all career stages and disciplines …” (more)

[Irish Research Council, 10 October]

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Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies appoints new head

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), an internationally-renowned institute for basic research and scholarship, has appointed Dr Eucharia Meehan as its new registrar and chief executive. She was director of the Irish Research Council since it was established in 2012 …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 29 May]

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Ministers Bruton and Halligan announce the launch of the Irish Research Council’s €2.5m Frontier Research (LAUREATE) Programme

Posted in Research on April 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, and Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD, today (Thursday) announced the launch of the Irish Research Council’s €2.5 Million Frontier Research Programme, which will be titled the Irish Research Council’s Laureate Awards. The Programme will aim to attract world class researchers to Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 6 April]

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Funding research vital to society

Posted in Research on March 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The importance of funding ‘basic research’ for the future wellbeing of Irish society and our economy is clearly articulated by John FitzGerald (‘Research to shape public policy is hard to measure – and fund’, Business Opinion, March 3rd), although he could have added that the Irish Research Council funds basic research across all disciplines …” (more)

[Jane Ohlmeyer, Irish Times, 7 March]

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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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Third Level Funding – Research

Posted in Research on January 20th, 2017 by steve

IrelandFiona O’Loughlin (Kildare South, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if funds will be allocated in 2017 for research in third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 17 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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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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