Celebrating Irish researchers' success
Irish companies and academic researchers who have made a significant contribution to research in the country have been awarded for their efforts.
At a special ceremony titled 'Ireland's Champions of EU Research', held in Dublin on 8 June, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins presented outstanding achievement awards to the high achievers.
The main aim of the awards is to recognise the contribution that Irish research success has had on Ireland's allocation of Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) funds. Since FP7 kicked off in 2007, over 1,200 applicants from Ireland have won EUR 384 million in funding.
Five researchers received outstanding achievement awards for their projects which were ranked first place in the EU in their respective research areas. Three Irish companies also received awards: Intel Ireland, Opsona Therapeutics and Wavebob.
Opsona Therapeutics Ltd and Wavebob are just two examples from the 104 Irish small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that between them have won close to EUR 70 million in EU research funding for Ireland under FP7. Out of all 27 Member States, Ireland leads the way with the highest degree of SME participation.
National Director of FP7 Ireland, Dr Imelda Lambkin, commented: 'Tackling societal challenges concerning our health, the sanctity of our environment, increasing energy and transport demands, these project leaders are living proof of the world-class research that is ongoing in Ireland and testament to the robust research infrastructure that has been built in Ireland in recent years.'
The event also saw a panel discussion cover issues on how to increase Ireland's participation in the final round of funding. The Irish national target is to secure EUR 600 million by the end of 2013. The final call for applications which will open in July 2012 has the largest budget to date, coming in at an estimated EUR 9 billion.
Participants also discussed how best to prepare for forthcoming opportunities under Horizon 2020, the new EU Framework Programme for research and innovation that comes into force from 2014 with a budget of EUR 80 billion.
President Higgins presented awards to the following researchers: Dr Louise Dunne from University College Dublin for her leadership of the TURaS project ('Transitioning towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability'); Dr Jennifer Edmond from Trinity College Dublin for her leadership of the CENDARI ('Collaborative European Digital/Archival Infrastructure') project; Professor James Heckman from University College Dublin for his leadership of the DEVHEALTH ('Understanding Health across the Lifecourse: An Integrated Developmental Approach'); Martin Hynes from the Irish Research Council for his leadership of the INSPIRE ('International Mobility Fellowships in Science Engineering and Technology') project; and Dr Jennifer Claire McElwain from University College Dublin for her leadership of the OXYEVOL ('Atmospheric oxygen as a driver of plant evolution over the past 400 million years').
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Data Source Provider: European Commission Representation in Ireland
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Subject Index: Scientific Research; Innovation, Technology Transfer; Social Aspects; Regional Development; Coordination, Cooperation; Economic Aspects