Archive for SFI

Science funding remains central to recovery

Posted in research with tags , on 17 February 2011 by Steve

“According to the director general of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), John Travers, a change of government will not mean any significant change in approach to State investment in research, and that there is an acceptance across all parties that investment in research will help rebuild the economy when recovery comes …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 17 February]


Irish science funding hangs in electoral balance

Posted in research with tags , on 15 February 2011 by Steve

“In December last year, John Travers took over as director-general of the research-funding body Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Appointed on an interim basis for six months while a permanent replacement is found, the former head of the government advisory board Forfás takes over at a difficult time …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Nature, 15 February]

International success for Science Foundation Ireland-funded researchers

Posted in research with tags , , on 31 January 2011 by Steve

“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has welcomed the announcement that two of its leading funded researchers, Professors Luke O’Neill and Ken Wolfe – both based at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) – have each been successful in securing special funding from the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) …” (more)

[Education in Ireland, 31 January]

Access to world-class facilities announced for Tyndall

Posted in research with tags , , , on 12 January 2011 by Steve

“Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe, TD has announced that Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has embarked on a further five-year programme to facilitate access for higher education institutions to world-class facilities and experts at Tyndall National Institute, UCC …” (more)

[UCC, 12 January]

Ten Years of Achievements by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)

Posted in research with tags on 11 January 2011 by Steve

“Two of my recent blogs dealt with research in Ireland in the eighties and the steps leading to the establishment of SFI. Dilogies don’t sound nice so I will make it a trilogy by reflecting on what SFI has achieved in its first ten years …” (more)

[Frank Gannon’s Blog, 11 January]

Ireland Holds its Nerve on Science Research

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

“Despite the country’s parlous economic situation, the Irish government has provided a modest increase in funding for its main university research funding agency Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in 2011 …” (more)

[Cormac Sheridan, BioWorld, 29 December]

Knowledge is power

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

SCIENCE FOUNDATION IRELAND: Early diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death in a range of illnesses including cancer, cardiovascular disease and meningitis. DCU’s BDI is working to shorten the odds …” (more)

[Irish Times, 17 December]

UCD and NUI Maynooth based researchers receive €1.9m funding from Science Foundation Ireland

Posted in research with tags , , on 14 December 2010 by Steve

“President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, has today (Tuesday, 14th December 2010) received the Science Foundation Ireland President of Ireland Young Researcher Award (PIYRA) two winning researchers, Dr Neil Ferguson, UCD, and Dr Nataša Mitić, NUI Maynooth, at a special ceremony in Áras an Uachtaráin …” (more)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 14 December]

Google Research Awards for SFI funded Researchers

Posted in research with tags on 11 December 2010 by Steve

“On Wednesday, Google Research announced their Quarter 4 Research Awards, in which they awarded $6 million to academic researchers. Of the 112 awards made, two were made to SFI-funded researchers …” (more)

[Steve Flinter, 10 December]

Science Foundation Ireland welcomes Government’s commitment to research and development

Posted in research with tags on 10 December 2010 by Steve

“Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has welcomed the Government’s continued commitment to science research and development, following the announcement of Budget 2011 …” (more)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 9 December]

SFI Appoints John Travers as interim Director General

Posted in research with tags on 7 December 2010 by Steve

“The Board of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has appointed Mr John Travers as interim Director General of the organisation. Mr Travers will take up the appointment immediately …” (more)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 6 December]

The Birth of SFI

Posted in research with tags , on 1 December 2010 by Steve

“In the last blog, triggered by the 10-year anniversary of the start of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), I reflected on research in Ireland in the eighties and early nineties …” (more)

[Frank Gannon’s Blog, 29 November]

The regeneration game

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

“The recently announced Science Foundation Ireland funding of almost €10 million for the Regenerative Medicine Institute (Remedi) at NUI Galway could pave the way for clinical trials of new therapies and treatments for diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus and osteoarthritis …” (more)

[Irish Times, 26 November]

Minister Lenihan announces Science Foundation Ireland ‘Researcher of the Year’

Posted in research with tags , , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Mr Conor Lenihan TD, today (Monday, November 15th, 2010) announced Professor Jean-Pierre Colinge of Tyndall National Institute, Cork, as winner of Science Foundation Ireland’s ‘Researcher of the Year 2010’ accolade …” (more)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 15 November]

Lenihan highlights critical role of Science Foundation Ireland as researchers gather for major summit

Posted in research with tags , , on 15 November 2010 by Steve

“… Minister Lenihan was speaking in advance of today’s Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Science Summit in Athlone, where over 300 of Ireland’s leading scientific researchers are gathering for a two-day strategic think-in. The theme of this year’s Summit is ‘Mining Minds – A New Decade of Discovery’. The Science Summit 2010 will feature keynote addresses today from Ms Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation & Science, and Mr Rory McInerney, Vice President, Intel, as well as a panel of leading figures from industry and research …” (more)

[Science Foundation Ireland, 15 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]

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]

Science body backs smart jobs plan

Posted in research with tags , on 21 October 2010 by Steve

“The Government’s science agency, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), backed more than 600 partnerships between research teams and firms last year in a move aimed at generating high-quality jobs, according to the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keeffe TD …” (more)

[Cork Politics, 21 October]

Leading figures from Ireland’s software sector converge for collaborative showcase

Posted in research with tags , on 19 October 2010 by Steve

“Mr Conor Lenihan TD, Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, today (Tuesday, October 19th 2010) addressed leading academic and industry figures in the software sector at a special software industry-focused showcase hosted by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Irish Software Innovation Network (ISIN) …” (more)

[SFI, 19 October]

Government Announces New Research Funding Partnership with the Wellcome Trust

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

“Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney T.D., and Minister for Labour Affairs and Public Service Transformation, Dara Calleary T.D., have welcomed the announcement today of a partnership agreement between Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the Health Research Board (HRB), with the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation based in the UK …” (more)

[HT: Shane O’Mara]
[SFI, 29 September]