UL Irish Research Council Awardees Making a Global Impact

Dr Mary Shire, VPR UL, Prof Desmond Fitzgerald, President UL, Prof Jane Ohlmeyer, Chair IRC Board, Mr Peter Brown, Director IRC

The global impact of UL's Irish Research Council awardees was highlighted  when UL hosted a meeting of the Irish Research Council Board. During their visit to the campus, the Board met with senior members of the University Executive and engaged with IRC awardees who presented and discussed their research spanning a wide variety of areas.

Since 1999, UL has received funding for 710 Irish Research Council awards across all disciplines. Since 2012, the Irish Research Council has supported 169 early career researchers, 10 Principal Investigator-led awards and 116 networking grants at the University of Limerick.
Speaking at the showcase of UL IRC research, Dr Mary Shire Vice President Research & Enterprise said; “The Irish Research Council has funded excellent research that has enhanced Ireland’s international reputation. UL is very proud of our IRC awardees and the significant impact their work has for our world.”

“Some recent examples of this impact including the nomination of Dr Johnny Connolly to the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland. Johnny is an IRC enterprise scholar at the Centre for Crime, Justice and Victim Studies, School of Law. In addition, the research of IRC EMBARK Postgraduate Fellow Aimee Stapleton of the Bernal Institute made global headlines recently. Aimee has discovered how to generate electricity from human tears, saliva, and milk. This ground-breaking IRC-funded research could ultimately provide an alternative method of controlling the release of drugs into the body in medical implants.”

To find out more about the Irish Research Council go to www.research.ie