‘Waterford Ireland’s ICT innovation capital’: Top ranking for WIT in European research funding

Posted in Research on July 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Recent EU Commission data shows that Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has attracted more research funding from the EU in the area of ICT than all the other institutes of technology combined and more than many Irish universities and technology companies …” (more)

[Dylan White, Limerick Leader, 2 July]

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‘Programme for Government: Our Shared Future’ (June 2020)

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research, Teaching on June 17th, 2020 by steve

IrelandThe full (draft) Programme is here; extracts related to third level are here.

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Time for a Department of Higher Education and Research: COVID-19 makes it clear we need a voice for science at Cabinet

Posted in Research on May 25th, 2020 by steve

IrelandAn Open Letter to the Members of Dáil Éireann. Five years ago over 1,000 Irish scientists wrote to government urging a rebalancing of funding toward basic research. Basic discovery research is exactly the type that produces the scientists, skills and serendipitous solutions we need when faced with an unexpected challenge like COVID-19. Half a decade on from that letter little has changed for the better …” (more)

[IrishScientists.org, 25 May]

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Key Covid-19 Research Funding Announcement Welcomed by Universities

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association welcomes the announcement of €5 million in funding grants to key COVID-19 research and innovation projects by Minister Heather Humphreys today. 26 ground-breaking research projects have been funded today (26th April), 21 by the Health Research Board/Irish Research Council and a further 5 by the Science Foundation Ireland/Enterprise Ireland/IDA Ireland …” (more)

[IUA, 29 April]

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NUIG says funding will support Covid-19 focused research

Posted in Research on April 29th, 2020 by steve

“The President of NUI Galway has said significant investment in profound research focused on helping human health and well-being during the current health emergency will be announced today by the Taoiseach. Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh said the funding will support medical, technical and social research projects specifically focused on Covid-19, a number of which are based at NUI Galway …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 April]

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The purpose of publications in a pandemic and beyond

Posted in Research on April 22nd, 2020 by steve

“… The virus is reminding us that the purpose of scholarly communication is not to allocate credit for career advancement, and neither is it to keep publishers afloat. Scholarly communication is about, well, scholars communicating with each other, to share insights for the benefit of humanity. And whilst we’ve heard all this before, in a time of crisis we realise afresh that this isn’t just rhetoric, this is reality …” (more)

[Elizabeth Gadd, Wonkhe, 22 April]

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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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Irish researchers win backing from €344m pilot fund

Posted in Research on March 15th, 2020 by steve

“Researchers from University College Cork, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, as well as a number of Irish startup companies, were among the successful applicants to a new €344m European pilot innovation fund. The Irish universities were chosen from among what the European Innovation Council (EIC), which runs the fund, described as 100 game-changing ideas from across Europe …” (more)

[Fearghal O’Connor, Independent, 15 March]

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EU leaders desert research in Brussels budget showdown

Posted in Research on March 2nd, 2020 by steve

“Individual countries are failing to champion European Union research spending, raising doubts about the bloc as a serious funder of science, university lobbyists in Brussels have warned after a recent budget summit ended in deadlock. In recent years, Brussels policymakers have talked up research and innovation as a key part of what the EU does …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 2 March]

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They Wanted Research Funding, So They Entered the Lottery

Posted in Research on February 15th, 2020 by steve

“A survey of New Zealand scientists found that recipients of a randomized funding program favored random allocations of some kinds of grant money …” (more)

[Dalmeet Singh Chawla, New York Times, 14 February]

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Science and teaching

Posted in Research on February 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Dr Yvonne Kavanagh of the Institute of Physics Ireland (‘Time to focus on science and research’, Letters, February 5th) rightly asserts that in order to put science and innovation at the forefront of our national development, it is imperative to ensure that every second-level student has access to a specialist physics teacher …” (more)

[Tom Morris, Irish Times, 6 February]

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Time for focus on science and research

Posted in Research on February 5th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir,– As we approach the formation of a new government of Ireland, in the immediate aftermath of the UK’s departure from the EU, it is imperative that the next government pursues policies to support and develop Ireland’s physics and wider science community …” (more)

[Yvonne Kavanagh, Irish Times, 5 February]

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Universities must have continued access to EU funding streams – Archibald

Posted in Research on February 3rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sinn Féin MLA Caoimhe Archibald had said Brexit must not be allowed to damage scientific research and that the concerns of the scientific community must be heard. The party’s climate and economy spokesperson was speaking after representatives of university, research and science groups across Europe issued a statement calling for universities in Britain and the north to have ‘full association’ with European research projects after Brexit …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 3 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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Ahead of an Election, Research Becomes Political

Posted in Research on February 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Top Irish academics argue that the importance of research is being ignored, to the detriment of the future. As the general election draws ever closer, politicians across the country are feverishly digging their heels in on their commitments to solve the country’s most pressing social and economic issues …” (more)

[Rachel O’Leary, University Times, 1 February]

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A requiem for impact?

Posted in Research on January 27th, 2020 by steve

“With the government launching a major review of research bureaucracy and methods, James Wilsdon asks: is the end of the road for impact measures in grant applications? …” (more)

[Wonkhe, 27 January]

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Department of Education clashes with research agency over future direction

Posted in Research on January 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Education has clashed with the country’s largest State-funded research agency over how taxpayers’ money should be spent, documents show. Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has been drawing up a strategy for the years 2020 to 2025 to guide the direction of future investment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 January]

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Science Foundation Ireland publishes Annual Plan for 2020

Posted in Research on January 9th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) today published its Annual Plan for 2020. Key priorities are: a continued focus on individual-led research programmes, challenge-based funding initiatives including programmes to address climate action, international engagement through partnerships with funding agencies, public engagement programmes to drive public interest and participation in STEM, partnerships with enterprise and supporting Ireland’s world class SFI Research Centres …” (more)

[DBEI, 9 January]

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Ireland lagging behind in funding ‘blue skies’ scientific research

Posted in Research on January 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Government is increasingly under fire for how the nation lags its European counterparts in funding basic, ‘blue skies’ research, the kind in which real world applications are not immediately clear. During Science Week 2019, Fianna Fáil’s science spokesman James Lawless, stated it was ‘over-concentrating resources around applied-commercial research at the expense of basic/discovery research’ …” (more)

[Conor Purcell, Irish Times, 2 January]

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Research funders need to embrace slow science

Posted in Research on January 1st, 2020 by steve

“Uta Frith courted controversy earlier this year when she published an opinion piece in which she advocated for Slow Science, including the radical suggestion that researchers should be limited in the number of papers they publish each year. This idea has been mooted before, but has never taken root …” (more)

[BishopBlog, 1 January]

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