Research Office Delivers Training in Grant Proposal Writing

Last week saw the official roll out of a newly developed training course on ‘Grant Proposal Writing’ from UL’s Research Office. The half-day course is one of the services provided to help support the development of research careers and forms part of the Research Career Development Programme coordinated by the Human Resources division. The course was designed by Dr Martina Prendergast, UL Research Officer who also delivers the training.

HEA announces € 12 M in support of Higher Education Landscape reforms in 2018

The National Strategy for Higher Education provides for substantial changes to the landscape of Irish higher education.

The HEA, with the support of the Department of Education and Skills, recognises that such reforms carry additional costs and has provided for a fund to support consortia engaged in implementing reforms of the higher education landscape, including those seeking designation as Technological Universities. The fund is not expected to be able to cover all costs arising, but to make a contribution to those costs.

UL shortlisted for two Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards

The University of Limerick has been shortlisted in two out of five categories for the annual Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) Impact Awards. The awards recognise top performance in industry engagement and commercialisation of research and pay tribute to the business and research performing organisations involved in knowledge transfer. The awards also acknowledge and celebrate the technology transfer offices and the contribution that staff make to supporting knowledge transfer and commercialisation.

Marie Curie Fellowships and training at UL

PIs seeking Marie Curie fellows?

Are you a PI seeking good candidates for Marie Curie fellowships at UL ? The next call for proposals is opening shortly and will close on 12th September. We are now in the phase of identifying fellows and their mentors and we expect to have this phase completed by the end of April.

Proposal writing workshops will take place in UL during May and early June for applicants and their supervisors.

SSPC making gender balance a strategic priority

(l-r) Dr Denise Croker, SSPC General Manager, Dr Marie Kissane, Team Leader, Technical Services/Manufacturing Science, Eli Lilly, Dr Damhnait Gleeson, Science Foundation Ireland, Gillian Morgan, Commercial Manufacturing Process Specialist, Janssen, Karen Blakely, Commercialization Project Lead, MSD and Professor Michael Zaworotko, SSPC Co-Director. 

BNest Showcase Event 2018

Bnest, Ireland’s first dedicated social enterprise incubator based at the Nexus Innovation Centre, recently held its annual programme showcase event. The Bnest Programme is specifically designed for emerging social enterprises. This is a six month peer programme, working with a small group of fellow social entrepreneurs, focused on each working on their individual enterprise but expected to contribute to the others as well.

Government announces revised Research Priority Areas for 2018 - 2023

Several revisions and updates to themes and priority areas to reflect developments since 2012

The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, welcomed the publication of the report ‘Research Priority Areas 2018 – 2023’.

Nexus based start-up SmartFactory secures €500,000 funding as part of Enterprise Ireland HPSU Fund

(l-r) Anthony Kelly, SmartFactory, Gert O’Rourke, Nexus and Brendan Shepard, SmartFactory

Irish manufacturing solutions firm SmartFactory announced funding of €500,000 as part of the Enterprise Ireland High Potential Start-Up fund. The investment was announced at the recent Start-Up Showcase Event in Croke Park and will see SmartFactory expand its operations and double its workforce over the next three years.