UCC Researchers in Tyndall and APC awarded Science Foundation Ireland Career Development Awards

30 May 2018
Left to right: Dr Tomasz Piwonsk,Tyndall National Institute Dr Padraig Cantillon Murphy, Tyndall National Institute, Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General Science Foundation Ireland, Mr John Halligan, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation and Dr Marcus Claesson, APC Microbiome Ireland and University College Cork.

Science Foundation Ireland's Career Development Award Programme recently funded four early career researchers in University College Cork.

The awards support Ireland’s research talent pipeline by funding excellent researchers still in the early stages of their scientific career. One UCC grant is co-funded with Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland. The awards will contribute to the advancing research in areas such as energy, materials, environment, technology, and health.

Announcing the awards, Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan TD said, “The awards announced today demonstrate the impressive cutting-edge research taking place in the universities across Ireland. The Science Foundation Ireland’s Career Development Awardees are the future leaders of research and innovation in Ireland. Through their promising work, they will continue to shape our research community, and generate positive impacts at a national and global scale. I believe that the important projects receiving funding today will advance Ireland’s economy and society, and further solidify its reputation as a world-leader in scientific advancements.”

The four UCC awardees are Dr Marcus Claesson working in APC Microbiome Ireland, Dr Tomasz Piwonsk, Dr Padraig Cantillon Murphy and Dr Stefan Schulz all based in the Tyndall National Institute.

The UCC research projects are:

Name Project Title Co-funded Award Amount

Marcus Claesson,


A translational 'omics' approach for predicting treatment outcome in newly diagnosed children with ulcerative colitis


Tomasz Piwonski,


Novel widely tunable swept sources, based on synchronized multi-section slotted semiconductor lasers for Optical Coherence Tomography


Stefan Schulz,


Nitride-based light emitters: From carrier localization and non-radiative recombination processes to quantum transport and device design

SEAI co-funded €585,620

Padraig Cantillon Murphy,


Intelligent Magnets for Surgery 4.0   €462,000

Commenting on the awards Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland, stated, “Science Foundation Ireland supports researchers at every stage of their careers. The Career Development Awards are a superb reflection of our investment in early-career researchers who display great potential and lead projects of major impact. This Programme helps those researchers develop the skills and experience necessary to lead Ireland’s future research in areas such as health, energy, materials and technology. The projects have been selected following a rigorous competitive international merit review process. I look forward to witnessing the positive impacts that these projects will have for Ireland and wish each awardee every success in their continued scientific research and careers.”

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