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17 Irish-based researchers bank €2m in IRC funding

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17 Irish-based researchers bank €2m in IRC funding

17 Irish-based researchers bank €2m in IRC funding
November 18
12:23 2015

It seems the funding just keeps coming for Irish researchers as 17 researchers based in Ireland have been awarded a total of €2m through the Irish Research Council (IRC) to boost their multidisciplinary research.

The IRC funding comes under the council’s New Horizons scheme for Irish-based researchers who are looking to get their feet off the ground in terms of taking their research concepts and advancing them to a wider European stage.

The eventual goal, according to the IRC, is to develop novel and excellent ideas and to build towards seeking further investment in those ideas from the European Union’s (EU) research and innovation framework, Horizon 2020.

The IRC now hopes this latest funding boost will help Ireland achieve its national target of winning €1.25bn in funding from this programme.

The 17 research projects chosen for funding include projects in the fields of anthropology, medical devices, data analytics, art, politics and online culture.

Prof Jane Ohlmeyer, chair of the IRC, said that the scheme will “nurture outstanding talent and help to promote the development of a research community that is internationally competitive into the future”.

She then added :

“The awards being announced today represent the outcome of a very rigorous, competitive process underpinned by international peer review. The potential for the awardees to go on and win further funding for Ireland through Horizon 2020 is strong.”

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