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New Foundations Awards for five UCD projects tackling societal and governmental challenges

Posted 15 February, 2023

Five UCD researchers have been named as recipients of New Foundations awards, which seek to fund projects aiming to solve societal challenges and policy issues with evidence-based solutions.

A total of 67 New Foundations projects have received funding, with 43 of these funded by the Irish Research Council (IRC) to enhance research partnerships with civic society organisations.

In addition, 20 of the projects are funded by government departments and agencies addressing global development and global citizenship education, north-south reconciliation, our shared island, the National Volunteering Strategy for Ireland, and child protection and welfare policy.

While four awards on climate change and biodiversity are funded by Sunflower Charitable Foundation.

The UCD researchers awarded funding for their New Foundation projects are:

  • Dr Alexander Kondakov, UCD School of Sociology
    • Enabling Civil Society and Academia Collaboration in the Area of Anti-LGBTQ+ Hate Crime The Irish Council for Civil Liberties.
  • Dr John Gilmore, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems
    • Realist Evaluation of Mental health Crisis Support in Inclusion health SafetyNet Primary Care.
  • Dr Sarah Carol, UCD School of Sociology
    • Well-Being in the Post-COVID-19 Era: the Impact of COVID-19 on Palestinian Refugees and Bedouins in the West Bank.
  • Dr Maebh Harding, UCD School of Law
    • Doing Feminist Legal Work.
  • Dr Michelle Downes,UCD School of Psychology
    • An All-Island consortium to foster Educational Neuroscience research and practice.
  • Dr Suja Somanadhan, UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems
    • All Ireland Rare Disease Inter-Disciplinary Research Network (RAiN) to Identify, and Understand Functional Status and Quality of Life and Family Management Measure for Children and Young People Living with Rare Diseases.

“The collaboration between researchers and policymakers represented in these awards aligns with the ambitions of Impact 2030: Ireland’s Research and Innovation Strategy to strengthen evidence-based policymaking and deliver enhanced outcomes for citizens and society,” said IRC Director Dr Louise Callinan.

“While New Foundations awards are relatively modest in value, they play a vital role in supporting and nurturing our research talent, providing an important step on the funding ladder to further awards nationally and internationally”.

The funding awarded to the 67 New Foundation projects represents a total investment of almost €875,000.

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