The Government has moved to substantially increase “frontier research” by allocating €30 million to third level institutions in 36 projects approved by the Irish Research Council. We are delighted to congratulate our Department of History colleague, Dr Ciara Breathnach, on the outstanding achievement of being awarded the amount of €600,000 over four years.
This is not only one of the most significant awards in financial terms received by a member of the Faculty of AHSS to date, it is also highly prestigious and an indication of the quality and standing of Ciara’s research.
The Irish Research Council’s Laureate Consolidator grant will assist Dr Breathnach in investigating death and burial data in Ireland during the period between 1864 and 1922. She will join 34 others around the country who will conduct ground-breaking research in the life sciences, physical sciences and engineering, and the arts, humanities and social sciences.
Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education and Skills, and John Halligan TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, made the announcement recently.
“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”, he added.