UL researchers granted share of €30m in funding 

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UL researchers granted share of €30m in funding 

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton and Minister of State John Halligan officially announced the €29.6 million investment

LIMERICK researchers are to receive a share in €30m funding investment announced by Government. 

Professor Kevin Ryan and Dr Ciara Breathnach, researchers at the University of Limerick have been announced as successful applicants to receive funding under the Irish Research Council’s new Laureate Awards scheme.

Thirty-six researchers will receive funding under the new scheme to conduct ground-breaking research in the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, and the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Professor Ryan focuses on Nano-sciences while Dr Breathnach investigates death and burial data in Ireland from 1864 to 1922. 

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton and Minister of State John Halligan officially announced the €29.6 million investment by the Irish Research Council in ‘frontier research’ projects last week.

“Frontier basic research is very much at the cutting edge of new knowledge,” said the minister. “It is research that is daring, that pushes boundaries, and that moves beyond the frontiers of our current understanding.” 

Innovation 2020, Ireland’s five-year strategy for science and technology, research and development, identified a gap in the Irish research and innovation landscape in the area of frontier basic research, he added.

“The Laureate Awards scheme was designed specifically to address this gap, and the Irish Research Council has, through the programme, identified a wealth of clearly talented researchers with brilliant ideas.

“Investing in cutting-edge, world-class research will strengthen our knowledge base and enhance Ireland’s international reputation, taking us further along our journey to becoming the best education and training service in Europe by 2026.” 

Minister Halligan said: “Frontier research is key to understanding the world around us and developing the bedrock of knowledge necessary for social, technological and environmental progress.

“We would not have devices like mobile phones, or indeed the internet, without frontier basic research. Innovation 2020 targets Ireland to become an Innovation Leader, and this investment being announced by the Department is a very positive step on the way to achieving this.”

Director of the Irish Research Council Peter Brown said: “Supporting research that pushes out the frontiers of knowledge is a key priority of the Irish Research Council.”

“With the establishment of the Laureate Awards we are taking steps to ensure that exceptional individual researchers are supported to achieve world-class standing in their respective areas of expertise.”

Further information about the Laureate Awards is available at www.research.ie