UCC Researchers awarded Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Investigator Programme grants

29 Sep 2017
Prof Mark Ferguson (SFI), Prof Rosemary O'Connor (UCC), Minister John Halligan TD, Prof Andrew Wheeler (UCC), Prof Marcel Jansen (UCC)

Science Foundation Ireland has awarded three University College Cork researchers grants under the SFI Investigators Programme.

The Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD announced an investment of €43 million in research programmes through SFI Investigators Programme. 

University College Cork Professors Rosemary O'Connor, Andrew Wheeler and Marcel Jansen were funded through the programme. 

Minister Halligan said "This funding recognises some of Ireland's top researchers and enables them to advance vital research areas in Ireland including health, technology, agriculture and energy. I am confident the teams being supported will generate important new scientific breakthroughs. In addition, today's investment provides 20 companies with access to invaluable expertise and infrastructure across the country. These collaborations between industry and academia are integral to further enhancing Ireland's reputation for research excellence."

Professor Rosemary O'Connor is funded to target regulators of cellular metabolism to promote healthy ageing.

Professor Wheeler will use advanced robotic technology and novel 3D visualisation tools to explore and monitor the PBC defining seabed processes that dictate where corals occur and their sensitivity to climate change and fisheries/ oil industry impact. 

The research study by Professor Jansen will develop state-of-the-art LED technology that will enable scientists to manipulate UV to advance understanding of how plants respond positively to UV-wavelengths which, until now, has not been possible due to the limitations of current UV-technologies.

Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government of Ireland stated "the Science Foundation Ireland Investigators Programme funds outstanding individuals performing excellent, impactful research. ..... I have the highest expectations for the projects funded today, and look forward to seeing the benefits to Ireland's society and economy."

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