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UCC researchers awarded as part of €21m Irish Research Council programmes

23 Oct 2020

Early career researchers across all academic disciplines at University College Cork are among those to share in funding worth over €21 million, announced today.

A total of 37 UCC researchers have been awarded Postgraduate Scholarships or Postdoctoral Fellowships as part of the Irish Research Council’s Government of Ireland programmes, announced by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD.

The programmes have granted a total of 209 Postgraduate Scholarships and 87 Postdoctoral Fellowships to researchers at Higher Education Institutes across the country.

UCC researchers awarded by the programme are working in diverse fields from Film Studies to Physics, Italian to Economics and more.

The awardees have been congratulated by Professor Anita Maguire, UCC Vice President for Research & Innovation.

“Funding from the IRC to our highly talented early career researchers can be career defining, by allowing them to pursue research into a very broad range of disciplines spanning the humanities, social sciences and STEM. Congratulations to all of the recipients, especially those in UCC,” she said.

Welcoming this year’s awardees, Minister Harris said:

“I am delighted to announce this investment by government in developing the next generation of research leaders across disciplines. Across higher education, enterprise, civil society and the public sector, expert knowledge and skills is a critical need for our present and our future. The awards announced today support a pipeline of research talent which will be at the forefront of addressing the many challenges and opportunities we face.

"The COVID crisis alone has demonstrated the importance of investment in expertise across all disciplines, whether in the form of advice on public health, the development of vaccines and treatments within industry, or, crucially, in working through the many longer term social, economic and cultural impacts of the crisis. It can be seen today how Ireland is benefiting from investment in basic research made some years ago, and this will be the case in the future with ongoing support for the pipeline of excellent researchers. I wish the many awardees starting their new projects the very best,” he said. 

Click HERE for a full list of awardees. 


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