John Regan, Aoife Gowen and Anil Kokaram are among the scientists in Ireland to have benefited from Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions

The EU funds dozens of initiatives that support scientific research but few have the overall impact of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. These have (...)

Trinity College Dublin professor in genetics Aoife McLysaght. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Geneticists at Trinity College Dublin have found a faster new way to help identify genes associated with a number of medical conditions, including aut(...)

Prof Jennifer McElwain  (right) and Dr Claire Belcher, with plants in a carbon dioxide atmosphere chamber, as part of the programme for experimental atmosphere and climate, at UCD Thornfield.  Photograph: Eric Luke

You are a paleobotanist – what does that mean? “Paleo” means old and “botany” means the scientific study of plants. So I study fossil plants, many (...)

Irish researchers have won 75 awards, worth €97million, since 2007 across the full range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and the sciences.

Ireland is “getting its act together” when it comes to winning research funding from the European Research Council (ERC), but we are still playing ca(...)

Prof Mark Ferguson, director of the Science Foundation of Ireland,  hopes to impress the European Research Council’s president Jean-Pierre Bourguignon when he visits Dublin next week. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

“Give a dog a bad name” is an apt way to describe Ireland’s early engagement with the European Research Council (ERC), a key funding body within the E(...)

Brexit presents major opportunities for researchers – but are we ready to grasp them? Image: Getty

Jane Ohlmeyer In an age when science knows no borders, what does Brexit mean for researchers in Ireland? For generations we have studied and collab(...)

 Prof Louise Richardson: “The best source of good intelligence against the bad guys operating in our midst are the communities in which they operate.”  Photograph:  Alan Richardson/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit is a major concern for Prof Louise Richardson, the first woman vice-chancellor in the 900-year history of the University of Oxford. On a vis(...)

If Ireland wants to be an innovation leader it has to unleash the creativity that exists in labs up and down the country. It needs to find ways to sup(...)

Prof Laoise McNamara: “Osteoporosis is a huge healthcare challenge, and that’s a big motivation to keep going with the research.” Photograph: Eric Luke

What do you work on? We are trying to understand how bone responds to mechanical forces. The whole area is called “mechanobiology” and it is at the(...)

Prof Mark Ferguson:  “The clear message is that there are great opportunities for companies of all sizes in the programme.” Photograph: Jason Clarke

The EU Horizon 2020 programme has a €80 billion budget over seven years to support excellent science, research and innovation in both industry and aca(...)

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