Minister Harris launches national consultation on the future of research and innovation in Ireland

Posted in Research on June 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD today (Friday) launched a national public consultation to hear people’s views on the future of Ireland as a world leader in research and innovation. The aim of the public consultation is to develop the next National Research and Innovation Strategy which will build the capacity and capability of the research and innovation system to tackle the big issues facing our country …” (more)

[Merrion Street, 11 June]

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End Israeli access to Horizon and billions in EU funding – Rose Conway-Walsh TD

Posted in Governance and administration on May 27th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin spokesperson on Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Rose Conway-Walsh TD, has said there is a ‘window of opportunity’ to use the powerful lever of Horizon funding to pressurise Israel to end its apartheid regime. Teachta Conway-Walsh said …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 May]

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Research Funding

Posted in Research on May 21st, 2021 by steve

IrelandGerald Nash (Louth, Labour): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the funding that has been allocated for spending on grants and supports and structural funding for blue sky research in higher education institutions in each of the years 2019 to 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dail written answers, 19 May]

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Minister Harris announces €23 million investment in Ireland’s top post-doctoral researchers

Posted in Research on May 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today (Friday 7 May) announced €23 million in funding for a programme for post-doctoral researchers to become research leaders. The investment, which is a joint initiative between Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Irish Research Council (IRC), will see some 40 early career researchers, across all disciplines, supported to develop cutting-edge projects through awards of up to €550,000 over a four-year period …” (more)

[gov.ie, 6 May]

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Ryanair gives Trinity College €1.5m for research on sustainable aviation fuels

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin will begin researching sustainable aviation fuels and zero-carbon flying with the aid of €1.5 million from Ryanair. The airline and the university said on Thursday that the Ryanair Sustainable Aviation Research Centre at Trinity would work on sustainable aviation fuel, zero carbon aircraft propulsion and noise mapping …” (more)

[Barry O’Halloran, Irish Times, 29 April]

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Universities call on EU not to restrict Horizon access

Posted in Research on April 26th, 2021 by steve

“Research-intensive university groups representing 77 universities across Europe have signed a joint statement urging the European Union not to restrict access for associated countries, such as the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Israel, to parts of its multi-billion-euro Horizon Europe research programme, including those covering space and quantum projects …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 23 April]

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Irish Universities secure over €80m with their industry partners to develop ground-breaking disruptive technologies

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“IUA welcome the announcement of 29 innovative research projects awarded under the third round of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund by Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar today. This Fund, established under Project Ireland 2040, drives collaboration between Ireland’s world-class research base in the higher education sector with industry …” (more)

[IUA, 22 April]

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New €9m scheme aims to boost science research capacity of technological universities

Posted in Research on April 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government is investing €9 million to boost the research capacity of technological universities and institutes of technology in the area of science and technology. The move will include the funding of replacement lecturers for academics involved in successful research applications, as well as between 20 and 40 PhD students overall …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 15 April]

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Minister Harris announces new SFI programme to support research in Technological Universities and Institutes of Technology

Posted in Research on April 15th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today (Thursday) announced details of the Science Foundation Ireland Frontiers for Partnership Awards programme, which aims through an investment of €9 million to increase research capacity within Technological Universities (TUs) and Institutes of Technology (IoTs) …” (more)

[MerrionStreet.ie, 15 April]

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Science Foundation Ireland – Funded PhDs

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Research on April 5th, 2021 by steve

IrelandPádraig O’Sullivan (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of applications for SFI funded PhDs in the past five years; the number of awards that were granted; the trends for both the applications and the awards; if this trend was caused by a funding issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 31 March]

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Research Funding – Irish Humanities Alliance proposal

Posted in Research on April 5th, 2021 by steve

IrelandNeale Richmond (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has considered a proposal by an organisation (details supplied) for an all-island initiative to promote humanities research on the island; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 31 March]

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€95 billion European research and innovation programme launched

Posted in Research on March 25th, 2021 by steve

“Horizon Europe, the European Union’s new research and investment programme – the biggest programme ever undertaken in Europe – has been launched today. The new multidisciplinary programme will run until 2027 and will be backed by a budget of over €95 billion …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 25 March]

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Basic Research in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on March 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“I realised today that I hadn’t yet posted a reaction to the announcement earlier this month by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) of a new five-year strategic plan. Although much of the document Shaping Our Future is fairly bland – as strategic plans usually are – there are some very welcome things in it …” (more)

[In the Dark, 21 March]

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The Irish Times view on funding science and research

Posted in Research on March 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Science has demonstrated its capacity to deliver in responding to Covid-19. Effective vaccines were developed in a less than a year while scientists contributed hugely to the global response to the pandemic. At the same time, the sector now has a place at the Cabinet table via minister Simon Harris and his new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science …” (more)

[Irish Times, 4 February]

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Research and Development

Posted in Research on February 27th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the public expenditure on research and development and as a percentage in each year since 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 February]

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UL and MTU to benefit from €193m investment in SFI Research Centres

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris has today announced an investment of €193 million in five Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres for six years. Lero, the SFI Research Centre for Software, led by University of Limerick (UL) and ADAPT, a SFI research centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology led by Trinity College Dublin in partnership with Munster Technological University (MTU) and other universities and institutes of technology across the country are among those to benefit …” (more)

[Nicole Glennon, Irish Examiner, 1 February]

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State to invest €193m in research on cybersecurity, AI and e-health

Posted in Research on February 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The State is to invest €193 million over six years into research on cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, ethics and data privacy, smart medical devices, e-health and telecommunications. Announcing the €193 million investment in five Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centres, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris said it reflected Ireland’s position as a world leader in research and innovation …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 1 February]

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From Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe: Why it is not yet ‘business as usual’ for UK universities

Posted in Research on January 26th, 2021 by steve

“The EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement, commonly known as the ‘Brexit deal’, has been welcomed by the UK and EU research communities, as it states the political will to continue close scientific cooperation under Horizon Europe, the 9th European research programme. The terms and conditions to join the programme as an associated member still need to be negotiated and agreed. However, the Brexit deal puts an end to a climate of uncertainty for UK-based researchers that started in June 2016 with the Brexit vote in the middle of Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe’s predecessor …” (more)

[Marco Cavallaro, LSE, 26 January]

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Funding ‘Blue Skies’ Research in Ireland

Posted in Research on January 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Before Christmas, Ireland’s new Department for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science embarked on a consultation about its strategy for 2021-23. Like most other departments, the Department of Theoretical Physics at Maynooth made a collective submission to this consultation and we await further developments …” (more)

[In the Dark, 4 January]

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Horizon 2020 by the numbers: how €60 billion was divided up among Europe’s scientists

Posted in Research on December 22nd, 2020 by steve

“The end of this year marks the close of the European Union’s massive 2014–20 research programme, Horizon 2020. Over the past six years, more than 150,000 participants – including research institutes, companies and individual scientists – have collectively received almost €60 billion (US$73.5 billion) in research funding …” (more)

[Quirin Schiermeier, Nature, 22 December]

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