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Seven UCD researchers recognised in €34m SFI Frontiers for the Future awards

Posted 28 May, 2024

Seven UCD researchers have received (opens in a new window)Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Frontiers for the Future awards as a part of a new €34 million funding round.

The awardees were among 28 announced winners whose new funding will support some 124 research positions including 58 postdoctoral positions, 53 PhD students and 13 research assistants and other positions. 

The SFI Frontiers for the Future awards at UCD are: 

The 28 awardees will undertake their work across several research bodies including UCD, Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Teagasc, and University of Galway.

“These awards support the development of world-class research in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Patrick O’Donovan TD.

"The projects and higher education institutions are focusing on will help deliver solutions to some of the major challenges facing society, including in healthcare, the environment and technology."

Dr Ruth Freeman, SFI Director of Science for Society added: “The SFI Frontiers for the Future awards provide opportunities for independent investigators to conduct highly-innovative, original research on important questions. I would like to thank SEAI for collaborating on this programme with SFI, supporting vital research in the area of sustainability.” 

This round of the SFI Frontiers for the Future programme is funded in collaboration with Sustainability Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).  

“These awards are excellent examples of national innovation and creativity. By supporting independent researchers, we can help grow Ireland’s national capacity to conduct excellent scientific research,” said Margie McCarthy, SEAI Director of Research and Policy Insights.

“We look forward to the new insights and knowledge that the co-funded awards will bring to offshore wind energy support structures and anaerobic digestion ecosystems, and how their results will advance Ireland’s clean energy transition.” 

By: David Kearns, Digital Journalist / Media Officer, UCD University Relations (with materials from Emma Loughney, UCD Research and Innovation)

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