Researchers at Maynooth University Dr Deborah Hayden and Dr Karen English have been announced as successful applicants to receive funding under the Irish Research Council’s new Laureate Awards scheme.
Thirty-six researchers will receive funding under the new scheme to conduct ground-breaking research in the Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, and the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Deborah’s research will explore medieval Irish medical texts while Karen’s primary research focus is immunity and infection.
Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education and Skills, and John Halligan TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, officially announced a €29.6 million investment by the Irish Research Council in ‘frontier research’ projects last week.
Commenting on the announcement, Minister Bruton said: “Frontier basic research is very much at the cutting edge of new knowledge. It is research that is daring, that pushes boundaries, and that moves beyond the frontiers of our current understanding. Innovation 2020, Ireland’s five-year strategy for science and technology, research and development, identified a significant gap in the Irish research and innovation landscape in the area of frontier basic research. The Laureate Awards scheme was designed specifically to address this gap, and the Irish Research Council has, through the programme, identified a wealth of clearly talented researchers with brilliant ideas. Investing in cutting-edge, world-class research will strengthen our knowledge base and enhance Ireland’s international reputation, taking us further along our journey to becoming the best education and training service in Europe by 2026”