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Recognising research excellence

The most valuable asset that UCD Conway contributes to science, economy and society are our people; highly skilled and trained researchers who have progressed to leading positions in academia, industry, policy and public agencies, at home and abroad. Conway researchers have received many personal awards in recognition of their work such as enrolment to membership of the Royal Irish Academy (including Prof Cormac Taylor, Prof Pat Guiry & Prof Mark Crowe in 2013).

Conway early career researchers have also been recognised through the award of prestigious fellowships such as the L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science (Dr Lydia Lynch, 2009), the European Young Researcher Award (Dr Donal Brennan, 2010), SFI-HRB-Wellcome Trust Biomedical Partnership fellowship (Dr Fiona McGillicuddy, 2012), the Sir Henry Wellcome postdoctoral fellowship (Dr Colm Ryan, 2014) and the St Luke's Young Investigator award (Dr Donal Brennan, 2010; Dr Patricia McGowan, 2011; Dr Darran O'Connor, 2012; Dr Maria Prencipe, 2014). 

Securing competitive funding

Scientific research is expensive but the returns are impressive. According to the National Institutes of Health in the USA, every $1 invested in basic research returns an average of $80 in economic benefits. UCD Conway has prospered on the initial strategic investments from the Irish Government, but has successfully taken on the challenge to procure research funding from alternate sources including industry and the European Union. In 2012, non-exchequer funding accounted for approximately 50% (€13.8M) of our funded research. This remarkable success in securing competitive non-exchequer funding has now reversed the dramatic decline in grant funding precipitated by the financial crisis in 2008.‌

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