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Research in the Department of Microbiology is generously supported by grants from the Health Research Board, the Wellcome Trust, Science Foundation Ireland, the European Union, Enterprise Ireland, Cancer Research Ireland, the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, and by research contracts with industry.

Ireland was ranked number 1 in Europe in the 2010 national rankings for research in molecular genetics and genomics (source: Thomson Scientific Essential Science indicators), ahead of countries such as the UK and Germany. This ranking is based on the high numbers of citations received by research papers in genetics published from Ireland, primarily by scientists at the Smurfit Institute of Genetics - the only dedicated genetics research institute in Ireland. The institute has an outstanding reputation for producing high-quality research and holds two of Ireland’s three European Research Council Advanced Grants in biology - the most prestigious research awards in Europe.