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UCC awarded €3.1 million funding for groundbreaking research

10 Oct 2022

Research into the Earth’s mantle, the absence of women in historical record and the coming generation of wireless communication are among the ground-breaking research at University College Cork (UCC) that has been awarded  €3.1 million of funding under the Irish Research Council’s Starting and Consolidator Laureate Awards Programme.

Under the scheme, researchers receive funding for cutting-edge projects equally divided across the fields of the humanities; physical sciences and engineering; life sciences; and social sciences.

The UCC researchers awarded funding were:

  • Dr Patrick O’Callaghan - ‘Law and the Inner Self’
  • Dr Máirín MacCarron - ‘Time for Women? Gender, chronology and historiography before AD900’
  • Professor Maria Cahill - Exploring the Potential of Freedom of Association’
  • Dr Kate Kiseeva - Oxidation state and fluid speciation in the deep Earth
  • Dr James Cuffe - Mapping Patterns of Cyber-Social Transformation in the Smart City
  • Dr Xing Ouyang- Versatile Waveforms for Radio Access Enabling Ubiquitous Communications towards Future 6G Wireless Networks and Beyond

Commenting at the national launch  Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris, T.D.  stated “These talented researchers will no doubt contribute hugely towards the world-class excellence that is the bedrock of our research system in Ireland, pushing the boundaries of research knowledge and finding new discoveries that deepen our understanding of the world around us, by looking to the past, questioning the present, and unlocking our future potential.”

The Laureate programme encompasses two streams of funding, namely ‘starting’ funding for early-career researchers who are to receive €400,000 each and ‘consolidator’ funding for mid-career researchers who are to receive €600,000 each. 48 ground-breaking research projects were funded nationally.

Also commenting, Dr Louise Callinan, Director of the Irish Research Council, said: “The 48 researchers who will receive funding under the Starting and Consolidator Laureate Awards Programme have the potential to make ground-breaking advances in their respective fields and to bolster Ireland’s competitiveness in European research funding.

Commenting Professor John Cryan, Vice-President for Research and Innovation stated: "I’d like to congratulate all of our Laureates on achieving these prestigious awards which range from the humanities to law to deep tech but share the goal of addressing major societal needs and creating a better future for us all."

Further information about the Laureate Awards is available at

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