Maynooth University student launches €22m investment in early-career research

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Maynooth University student launches €22m investment in early-career research

Valesca Lima

A Maynooth University student met with the Minister for Training and Skills, John Halligan, TD recently to launch €22m investment in early-career research.

Valesca Lima, a postdoctoral researcher based at Maynooth University was one of five students that met with the Minister at Government Buildings last week to mark the announcement of an investment of over €22 million in early-career researchers by theIrish Research Council.

A totl of 288 postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers will benefit from the investment, under the Irish Research Council’s Government of Ireland programmes. 

Valesca is one of the 288 researchers who will be supported through this programme with her research focusing on housing activism and homelessness in Dublin and Lisbon.

Announcing the investment, Minister Halligan said the Irish Research Council’s Government of Ireland programmes are aimed at ensuring a strong pipeline of research talent for future years.

“Innovation 2020, Ireland’s strategy for research and development, science and technology, sets out a vision for Ireland as a global innovation leader,” he said.  “Investment in early-career researchers – across all disciplines – is key to achieving this vision.

“The Irish Research Council’s Government of Ireland programmes support exceptional researchers at postgraduate and postdoctoral levels. The investment announced today will fund some of our brightest minds to develop their research interests and progress their careers, thereby ensuring Ireland has a strong pipeline of research talent well into the future.

“The skills developed by these researchers — intellectual curiosity, self-directed working, resilience in the face of inevitable setbacks — are highly prized by employers while research outputs in the form of invention and innovation support Ireland as a strong competitor for investment."