Archive for research funding

Norway and Switzerland fight FP8 budget hike

Posted in research with tags , , , , on 29 January 2011 by Steve

“Norway and Switzerland are opposing a budget increase for the next Framework Programme, which starts in 2014, fearing that their contribution to its costs could grow out of all proportion. Both countries are outside the EU and would have to pay significantly more towards Framework 8 than previous Framework Programmes if its budget increases …” (more)

[Inga Vesper and John Fogarty, Research, 25 January]


Ireland bucks trend with plan to increase research spending

Posted in research with tags on 27 January 2011 by Steve

“Given the turmoil in many areas, one may question the status of support for research in 2011 and beyond. There are two aspects, the immediate one of the 2011 R&D budget and longer-term national strategy. In the budget for 2011 despite cutbacks in many sectors the prospects for research are positive …” (more)

[Conor O’Carroll, Irish Times, 27 January]

Another threat to the humanities and social sciences?

Posted in research with tags , , , on 13 December 2010 by Steve

“A group of scholars at the Freie Universität in Berlin is distributing via E-mail and their website alarming information about downsizing of the EU research funding in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The EU is currently drawing up its 8th framework program, in which it decides how to allocate its money …” (more)

[Ingrid Robeyns, Crooked Timber, 13 December]

Is industry funding of university research dangerous?

Posted in research with tags , on 26 November 2010 by Steve

“Last year in this blog I published a post in which I raised various questions about links between universities and industry, and in particular whether industry funding for university research can compromise academic integrity …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 26 November]

Farewell to the Haldane Principle?

Posted in research with tags , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“Many scientists – myself included – were so relieved at the outcome of the recent Comprehensive Spending Review that we thought the government had accepted the argument that Science is Vital more-or-less completely. Most of us have stopped worrying about whether we’re going to have to go about to carry on doing science and just got on with doing it for the past few weeks …” (more)

[In the Dark, 17 November]

Ex-Intel CEO says Ireland’s 3% of GDP research target not adequate; Wise or crazy advice?

Posted in research with tags , on 17 November 2010 by Steve

“A former Intel CEO said on Tuesday that Ireland’s 3% of GDP (gross domestic product) research target is no longer adequate. Is this wise or crazy advice in an economy where the indigenous sector only accounts for about 10% of tradeable goods and services exports? …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 17 November]

Ireland needs to revise its 3% GDP target for R&D upwards

Posted in research with tags , on 16 November 2010 by Steve

“Former Intel CEO Craig Barrett has said that the 3pc target for investment of GDP into R&D for Ireland is no longer a reasonable target and called for increased State investment in R&D projects …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 16 November]

Innovation Ireland: O’Keeffe urges latest research policy advisory group to focus on new ‘high-quality jobs’

Posted in research with tags , , on 10 November 2010 by Steve

“The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe TD, today told the new group drawing up an action plan for public investment in research to focus on the creation of new high-quality jobs and to set aside sectoral interests …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 10 November]

The Way it was for Research in Ireland

Posted in research with tags , on 29 October 2010 by Steve

“As the buzz of Science Foundation Ireland’s event to celebrate ten years of existence and growth last week dissipated, I found myself thinking back to an earlier period of science in Ireland. The contrast is staggering and seems to be from a different country and world. I returned to Ireland, for the first time, in 1981 …” (more)

[Frank Gannon’s Blog, 29 October]

Despite decent showing in R&D spend, Europe warns of ‘innovation emergency’

Posted in research with tags , on 26 October 2010 by Steve

“The world’s recent financial meltdown did not hit research spending as hard as might have been expected, according to the EU’s latest investment scoreboard. R&D investment from the world’s largest spenders on research dropped 1.9% in 2009 …” (more)

[Daniel Cressey, The Great Beyond, 26 October]

R&D and the economic crisis: top EU firms cut investment less than US rivals, but Europe still well behind

Posted in research with tags on 26 October 2010 by Steve

“The European Commission’s 2010 ‘EU Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard’ shows that R&D investment by top EU companies fell by 2.6% in 2009, even though sales and profits fell much more, by 10.1% and 21.0% respectively …” (more)

[AlphaGalileo, 26 October]

Government promises continued backing for research investment

Posted in research with tags on 26 October 2010 by Steve

“The Irish government put on a strong show of support for continued state investment in research at an event to mark the 10th anniversary of research funder Science Foundation Ireland in Dublin on 21 October. The Taoiseach Brian Cowen addressed the meeting …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Research, 25 October]

Cowen reaffirms State’s commitment to investment in scientific research

Posted in research with tags , , on 22 October 2010 by Steve

“The government remains fully committed to ongoing State investment in scientific research, Taoiseach Brian Cowen has said …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 22 October]

ERC awards €580 million to novice researchers

Posted in research with tags , on 20 October 2010 by Steve

“The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded €580 million in ‘Starting Grants’ to 427 researchers at the beginning of their research careers. Each award is worth up to €2 million and the total represents an increase of 40% since last year’s funding round …” (more)

[Joseph Milton, The Great Beyond, 19 October]

Euroscience is here to help both science and society

Posted in research with tags on 16 October 2010 by Steve

“The crisis that has hit Europe is fresh in our minds – not only an economic crisis but also, more importantly, a crisis of institutions. The impact of monetary union has been vanishly small compared to the expectations it created. Now Europe understands it cannot compete with China, India or even the United States in terms of industrial production. Europe wants to become a knowledge-driven economy …” (more)

[Michael Arvanitis, Exquisite Life, 15 October]

We saw the impact of too little support for research in the flight of the scientific geese during the dire 1980s

Posted in research with tags on 27 August 2010 by Steve

“Are we making progress towards a knowledge economy? How do we know whether we are achieving this goal or whether our tax euro are being squandered on labs and scientists? …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 27 August]

Big science feels the pinch in Europe

Posted in research with tags on 24 August 2010 by Steve

“Long insulated by multi-year budgets and treaties, Europe’s multinational research organizations and the glittering scientific projects they fund are finally feeling the financial pain of their member states …” (more)

[Geoff Brumfiel, Nature, 24 August]

Government announces €37m research boost

Posted in research with tags on 9 August 2010 by Steve

“The government has announced an additional €37m in funding for university research centres, which it said will facilitate the creation of jobs in Ireland’s so-called ‘smart economy’. The €37 million investment, which will be spread over six years, takes the funding of the Government’s competence centres programme to €90m over that period …” (more)

[Irish Times, 9 August]

Research funding vital for economy

Posted in research with tags , on 22 July 2010 by Steve

“Last Friday the Government continued its commitment to investing in research with more than €296 million to develop infrastructure and research capacity across the higher education sector. With universities and institutes of technology bringing in €63 million from private and international competitive sources this makes of total of €359 million …” (more)

[Conor O’Carroll, Irish Times, 22 July]

Economics trumps health and security for Europe’s in-house research

Posted in research with tags , on 3 July 2010 by Steve

“The European Commission’s in-house research arm is shifting resources from health and security work to a new focus on economics, its director general announced today. However, with its budget remaining flat for the foreseeable future, this means those areas identified as lower priorities will be cut …” (more)

[HT: Garret McMahon]
[The Great Beyond, 3 July]