Four University of Limerick researchers have been awarded in excess of €1.85 million in funding by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) as part of today’s €23 million funding announcement by Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock. The UL research awards included Career Development Awards to Dr Pat Kiely, Dr Sarah Hudson and Dr Christophe Silien and a Starting Investigator Research Grant to Dr Stephen Dooley.
The University of Limerick became the first Irish university to become a member of the prestigious National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The National Academy of Inventors comprises of US and international universities, governmental and non-profit research institutions and has over 3,000 inventor members and Fellows spanning 200 institutions. Among the members are Nobel Laureates and world top 5 ranked universities including Harvard, Yale and MIT.
Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, which is supported by Science Foundation Ireland, has won industry commitments worth in excess of €400,000 for software modernisation programmes.
“The reality is that there is a lot of old software out there which is still at the heart of many critical applications, particularly in the area of financial transactions. For example, more than 50 years after the COBOL language was invented, the stark fact is that there are 200 times more COBOL transactions daily than Google searches,” commented Professor Brian Fitzgerald, Chief Scientist, Lero.
The Kemmy Business School, UL hosted a conference exploring the impact of austerity on society. ‘Austerity: Economic, Political, and Social Perspectives’.
Speakers include Mark Blyth, Brown University, Jonathan Hopkin, London School of Economics, Niamh Hardiman, University College Dublin, Niamh Hourigan, UCC, John McHale, Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, Stephen Kinsella, UL and Mary Regan, Political Editor, Irish Examiner among others.
Dr. Mark Southern, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Limerick has won the inaugural Knowledge Transfer Ireland Research2Business Award. The inaugural Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) Research2Business award recognises excellence in engagement between researchers and the business community. The award was presented by Sean Sherlock T.D. Minister for Research & Innovation at the launch of the office of Knowledge Transfer Ireland and its web-portal, the first resource of its kind in Europe which took place in Dublin today (28th May 2014).
Research projects in the areas of maths, pharmaceuticals and composite materials at the University of Limerick have been awarded over €4million in SFI funding it has been announced. The announcement cements UL’s reputation as a center for excellence in translational research, focused on delivering real impact for Irish industry.
UL spin-outs have raised in excess of €80 million investment with the generation of over 260 jobs.
The University of Limerick continues to build on the success of its spin-out activity having reached a milestone of over €80 million funding with 260 jobs created to date. In recent years, the University has seen growth in top spin-out companies including: Stokes Bio, Crescent Diagnostics, Poly-Pico Technologies, Cauwill Technologies, Powervation, LearnOpt and Biomass Heating Solutions among others. The University today (Thursday 1st May) marked this milestone by hosting the UL Innovation Awards held at Plassey House.
The University of Limerick will take the lead in Phase 2 of Food for Health Ireland’s (FHI) research programme to explore the role of milk proteins in healthy ageing and performance nutrition.