20th April 2012
In a further drive to progress Ireland’s science research agenda, Minister for Research and Innovation, Mr Séan Sherlock TD, has today (Friday) announced Government funding of €12.3 million for early-career scientific researchers to carry out pioneering work in Ireland.
The funding will be provided over the next four years through the Government’s science agency, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), through its ‘Starting Investigator Research Grant’ (SIRG) programme. The SFI funding will support a total of 44 researchers and postgraduate students working in areas of relevance to Irish enterprise that include energy, nanomaterials, electricity, cancer research, marine ecology, tissue engineering, cystic fibrosis and immunology amongst others.
Announcing the investment, Minister Sherlock said: “Whilst in recent years we have developed an internationally recognised credible research base here in Ireland it is still essential that we continue to provide for our future economic growth and job creation by establishing a competitive advantage for Irish enterprise through our scientific excellence.”
“We as a Government are determined to ensure that the very best young scientific talent is given compelling reasons to either stay in Ireland or to locate from abroad to conduct top-class research here.
“I am delighted to see that this round of SIRG awards also marks the first co-funding arrangement with the international Marie Curie COFUND scheme, which aims to expand national research programmes and encourage greater transnational mobility. Such a partnership exemplifies the increasingly collaborative and international nature of research activity in Ireland today”, Minister Sherlock added.
Welcoming Minister Sherlock’s announcement, Dr Stephen Simpson, Director of Life Sciences at Science Foundation Ireland, said: “The SIRG programme illustrates a strong and sustained commitment to nurturing the leading researchers of tomorrow. A dedicated ‘early intervention’ scheme such as this helps to pave the way for progression towards commercialisation of ideas at a later stage in the researchers’ careers.”
The award recipients are based in the following 9 Higher Education Institutions:
Cork Institute of Technology; Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies; NUI Galway; Trinity College Dublin; Tyndall National Institute, Cork, NUI Maynooth; National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training; University College Dublin; University College Cork .
Today’s announcement took place in Tyndall National Institute, Cork.
Photographs to follow.
For further information, please contact:
Alva O’Cleirigh, SFI. Tel: +353 1 607 3249 / +353 87 9152553 / Email: Alva.O'Cleirigh@sfi.ie / Twitter: twitter.com/scienceirel
Roisin McCann, Press Officer, Dept. of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation +353 1 6312222/ +353 87 2594144
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Science Foundation Ireland Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) 2012 - Full List of Recipients and Institutions [Funding is for 22 awards recipients + 1 postgraduate student per award]
Dr. Ian O'Driscoll
Ultrashort pulse generation in InAs quantum dots
Dr. Nicola Agostinetti
Seismic imaging, geothermal energy
Seismic imaging and monitoring of the upper crust: exploring the potential low-enthalpy geothermal resources of Ireland
Dr. Manus Biggs
Engineering neuroelectrodes for deep brain stimulation through biomimetic conducting polymers
Dr. Cindy Smith
Marine ecology, microbiology
Molecular Microbial Ecology of Ammonia Oxidation in Coastal Bay Sediments
Dr. Kristin K. Nicodemus
Schizophrenia, systems biology
Systems biology approach to elucidate the genetic architecture of schizophrenia: synthesis of genomics, structural/functional magnetic resonance imaging and cognition.
Dr. Shane Bergin
Surface Energetics of Low Dimensional Nanostructures
Dr. Mark Ahearne
Tissue engineering, corneal replacement
Development of a Novel Stem Cell based Approach for Corneal Tissue Engineering
Dr. Ivana Savic
Thermoelectric properties odf complex bulk materials from first principles
Dr. Robert J. Young
Nanomaterials, quantum memory
Quantum dot molecules for single-photon memory
Dr. Eoghan McGarrigle
Glycoscience, organic chemistry
Towards the Development of 21st Century Synthetic Methods for Glycoscience: Catalyst-Controlled Stereoselective Glycosylation
Dr. Judith Coppinger
Therapeutics, cystic fibrosis
Characterisation of Hsp90 trafficking pathways in Cystic Fibrosis.
Breast cancer, systems biology
Crosstalk between ErbB2 and breast cancer associated receptor tyrosine kinases in resistance to ErbB2 targeted therapies
Dr. Jonathan Bones
A Multi-Omics Investigation to Decipher the Role of Altered Bioprocessing on the Quality of Therapeutic Proteins – Is the Product Really the Process?
Dr. Sinead Corr
Exploration of the role of microRNA (miR)-21 in gut homeostasis and disease.
Dr. Jian Zhao
Signal processing, optical communications
Digital Signal Processing based Optical Communication Systems
Dr. Peter Ossieur
Photonic systems, energy efficiency
Towards Green Photonic Ultra High-Speed Transceivers
Dr. Plamen Stamenov
Spintronics, magnetic materials
Development of High-Field, Real-Time Point Contact Andreev Reflection Techniques and Studies of Spin Polarisation and Propagation in Novel Materials
Dr. Bryan Hennelly
Spectroscopy, cancer diagnosis/blood analysis
Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy and Optical Tweezers for Diagnosis of Cancer and for Multicomponent Blood Analysis
Dr. Run Long
Excitation energy and charge transfer dynamics in new light harvesting photovoltaic materials from theoretical simulation
Dr. Marcus J. Claesson
Inflammation, bowel disease
Molecular diagnostics and metatranscriptomics of colonic bacteria in inflammatory bowel disease
Dr. Martin O'Halloran
Microwave imaging, breast cancer
Microwave Imaging for the Detection and Classification of Early-Stage Breast Cancer
Dr. Damien Thompson
Regenerative medicine, protein engineering
Engineering Multivalent Proteins for Regenerative Medicine (EMPoRiuM)