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Success for Institute members in SFI Future Frontiers programme

Published: Wednesday, 11 May, 2022

Congratulations to four of our Institute members who have been awarded funding for three projects within Science Foundation Ireland's Future Frontiers programme addressing topics such as resilient agriculture, plant disease, and human wildlife conflict. The Future Frontiers programme provides opportunities for independent investigators to conduct highly innovative, collaborative research with the potential to deliver impact, whilst also providing opportunities for high-risk, high-reward research projects. 

Successful Earth Institute member projects:

Associate Professor Tancredi Caruso with co-applicant Dr Jonathan Yearsley (School of Biology and Environmental Science): Delivering food security from grasslands by understanding the link between root microbial networks and resilient agriculture.

Dr Angela Feechan (School of \Agriculture and Food Science): RECEPTAR PATH: Removing susceptibility RECEptors in wheat and barley TARgeted by fungal leaf blight PATHogens.

Dr Adam Kane (School of Biology and Environmental Science): Noisy Neighbours - the movement ecology of urban gulls.

Commenting on the SFI Future Frontiers Programme while announcing the awards on Monday 10 May Minister Simon Harris TD said: “Congratulations to all the researchers who have received funding today as part of the SFI Frontiers for the Future Programme. I am delighted to support this programme which funds individual-led research, with an emphasis on fundamental research at the cutting edge of science and engineering which will help us build a better future for Ireland through discovery, innovation, and impact.“

“Not only will these grants support research in important areas for Irish society, they will also fund the support 216 people in varying research positions across 10 Higher Education Institutes to further develop their research careers. We are investing in talent. I would like to offer my thanks to the Higher Education Institutions for their support in delivering this programme again this year.”

Read SFI's report on the awards here.