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Irish Research Council Announces €27m in Irish Research Council Funding

30 Sep 2022
Irish Research Council announces €27m in Irish Research Council funding to support the next generation of top researchers.

The Irish Research Council has today announced €27m in funding for new research projects under the Irish Research Council’s flagship Government of Ireland programmes. The investment will fund 316 awards in total, namely 239 postgraduate scholarships and 77 postdoctoral fellowships.

Under the scheme, the awardees will conduct research on a multitude of topics, ranging from a future Irish arts policy, machine translation and social media, protecting wild bee populations and bioplastics.

Welcoming the announcement, Louise Callinan, Director of the Irish Research Council, said: "The prestigious Government of Ireland awards recognise and fund pioneering research projects, along with addressing new and emerging fields of research that introduce creative and innovative approaches across all disciplines, including the sciences, humanities and the arts. Funding schemes like the IRC’s Government of Ireland programmes are vitally important to the wider research landscape in Ireland, as they ensure that researchers are supported at an early stage of their career and are given an opportunity to direct their own research."

Successful School of Chemistry awardees

Award Applicant               Supervisor Project Title
Postgraduate Amy Twomey Dr. Davide Tiana Synthesis of Methyl Acrylate from CO2 Catalysed by Metal-Organic
Postgraduate Diarmuid Nagle Dr. Peter Byrne                                      Development of Green Catalytic Methodology for Alkylation of
Nucleophiles, Starting from Alcohols
Postgraduate Éabha McMahon Dr. Stuart Collins and Prof. Anita Maguire Exploring the Potential of Enantioselective Copper Bisoxazoline
Catalysts in Intermolecular C-H Insertion
Postgraduate Rebecca O'Keeffe Dr. Stuart Collins and Prof. Anita Maguire Enantioselective C-H Insertion with α-Diazosulfonates

Early Career Researcher Event

The new postgraduate awardees will be honoured at a special event for early career researchers being hosted by the Irish Research Council in Dublin on 30 September. At the event, chaired by Dr Shane Bergin from University College Dublin, the researchers will receive expert advice about career pathways and ways of communicating their research from leaders in these fields in the form of two panel discussions. The panel on career pathways will feature Anne-Julie Lafaye from the National Monuments Service and Dr Julie LeMoine from HorizonIRs. The communications for researchers panel will feature Dr Maeve O’Rourke from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the University of Galway, Dr Dónal Mulligan from DCU’s School of Communications and Dr Cara Augustenborg, Assistant Professor in Landscape Studies and Environmental Policy at University College Dublin.

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