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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Fears over effects of no-deal Brexit on student exchanges and research funding

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Research on December 12th, 2020 by steve

“University staff and students remain ‘in the dark’ about whether they will be able to access vital research funding and take part in exchange opportunities when Britain leaves the EU. Higher education leaders are calling on the Government to prioritise full participation in the Erasmus+ exchange scheme and the Horizon Europe research funding programme as a no-deal Brexit looms …” (more)

[Eleanor Busby, Belfast Telegraph, 12 December]

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Arecibo telescope’s fall is indicative of global divide around funding science infrastructure

Posted in Research on December 11th, 2020 by steve

International“A mere two weeks after the National Science Foundation declared it would close the Arecibo single-dish radio telescope – once the largest in the world – the observatory took a dramatic dying breath and collapsed on Dec. 1, 2020 …” (more)

[Raquel Velho, The Conversation, 11 December]

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Cork’s Tyndall National Institute secures over €56m in EU research funds

Posted in Research on November 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education and Research Simon Harris has paid tribute to the Tyndall National Institute in Cork after it surpassed more than 100 EU funded awards totalling over €56 million for research projects. Mr Harris said that the Tyndall’s securing of over 100 Horizon 2020 awards totalling some €56.1 million from the EU for research and innovation over the past seven years made it one of the most successful institutes in Ireland for European funding …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 17 November]

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Tyndall National Institute wins 100th Horizon 2020 award

Posted in Research on November 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Cork’s Tyndall National Institute has succeeded in securing more than €56m in funding as it reaches the milestone of its 100th Horizon 2020 award. It makes the centre one of the most successful institutes in Ireland for European funding …” (more)

[Brian Finn, RTÉ News, 12 November]

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Harris announces €53m for 71 scientific research projects

Posted in Research on November 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A broad range of Irish scientific research is to be supported by the latest round of Science Foundation Ireland’s Frontiers for the Future programme – 71 research grants totalling €53 million have been allocated for work to be carried out in 12 higher education institutions …” (more)

[Kevin O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 4 November]

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€53m in grants goes to scientific research projects

Posted in Research on November 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Millions are set to be pumped into scientific research projects, ranging from anti-ageing to potential new treatments for Alzheimer’s and Crohn’s ­disease. The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, announced 71 grants valued at €53m under the Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) ‘Frontiers for the Future’ programme …” (more)

[Eavan Murray, Independent, 2 November]

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Going Dutch: a new approach to Research Funding?

Posted in Research on October 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“My attention was recently drawn to a proposal for a radical overhaul of the research funding system in the Netherlands by the Dutch Academy of Sciences. The document I linked to above is in Dutch but the principles are easily understood. To prevent academics having to waste so much time writing proposals that have a very limited chance of success, it is proposed to introduce ‘rolling grants’ for which no application is needed …” (more)

[In the Dark, 18 October]

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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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Minister Harris welcomes historic €1 billion in funding from Horizon 2020

Posted in Research on September 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Ireland has reached the momentous milestone of having won just over €1 billion to date from the current European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020. Horizon 2020 began in 2014 and will conclude in the main at the end of this year, with the launch of the next Framework Programme, Horizon Europe in 2021 …” (more)

[DFHERIS, 28 September]

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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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Minister Harris announces €4.3 million investment in enterprise research partnerships

Posted in Research on August 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Today, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, announced a €4.3 million investment in the Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Partnership Scheme, providing funding for fifty enterprise-focused research awards …” (more)

[Rebecca Deasy-Millar, Trinity News, 17 August]

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IUA supports the securing of a strong outcome for research in the EU-UK future relationship: Reaching an agreement on UK participation in Horizon Europe

Posted in Research on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The EU and UK have been discussing UK participation in Union Programmes, including Horizon Europe, as part of the negotiations on a future EU-UK relationship. It is encouraging that both sides have committed to the principle of UK participation in their mandates, recognising that collaboration between the UK and the EU in the framework programmes strengthens our ability to tackle shared challenges, such as cancer and climate change …” (more)

[IUA, 22 July]

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Universities ‘disappointed’ with scaled back EU research funding proposals

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Research on July 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Today, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) have called for an ‘ambitious’ long-term EU budget for research, innovation and education. LERU stated that Europe’s universities are ‘disappointed and concerned’ by what they describe as the ‘limited’ budget proposed for the EU’s flagship higher education and research programmes Horizon Europe and Erasmus+ …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 14 July]

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‘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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