SFI Starting Investigator Research Grants for three UCD academics

Posted 15 January, 2019

Three academics from University College Dublin have been awarded funding under the Science Foundation Ireland, Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) scheme.

The research projects across health, earth and the environment will share a total of €1.2 million funding over four years.

Dr Maria Prencipe, UCD School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, will lead a project aimed at developing new therapies targeting alternative sites on the Androgen Receptor to treat prostate and breast cancer.

Dr Chris Mark, UCD School of Earth Sciences, will head-up a research project reconstructing history using a novel mineral-dating approach involving the diffusion of lead due in earth minerals.

Dr Amanda Sosa-Avendano, UCD School of Biosystems and Food Engineering, will spearhead a project examining the potential of transforming agri-waste into high value, low carbon products.

The Science Foundation Ireland SIRG supports the development of postdoctoral researchers, and others who have yet to hold an independent research post, in taking the initial steps towards a fully independent research career. It provides them with the opportunity to carry out their own research projects in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“These innovative projects demonstrate the impressive cutting-edge research taking place across Ireland, which has significant potential to positively advance Ireland’s economy and society, and further solidify its reputation as a world-leader in scientific advancements,” said Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, Pat Breen TD. 

"[These] awards help early career researchers develop the essential skills and experience necessary to lead Ireland's future research in the areas of health, energy, materials and technology," said Director General of Science Foundation Ireland, Professor Mark Ferguson.

By: David Kearns, Digital Journalist / Media Officer, UCD University Relations