The scheme supports collaborations between early career researchers and enterprise on co-funded projects. The Trinity projects backed this year spanned a wide range of disciplines across the faculties.
Among the projects funded were those led by Dr Nora Moroney, who will begin research in collaboration with Marsh’s Library on the book collection of Benjamin Iveagh; Brian Shortall, who will be working with Analog Devices on high thermal stability exchange bias systems for Magnetic Sensor Applications; and Dr Eileen Mitchell, who will be working with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland on an economic evaluation of Acquired Brain Injury rehabilitation models.
The awards, announced by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, cover a broad range of topics including the areas of health, food production, law, agriculture and heritage.
Minister Harris said:
We must continue to promote Irish research and offer our researchers every opportunity and every support. We must continue to support this type of engagement to attract foreign direct investment into our knowledge economy, to assist indigenous SMEs and NGOs to innovate.
Director of the Irish Research Council, Peter Brown, said:
The Council has a long history of supporting early career researchers across all disciplines, and the Enterprise Partnership Scheme is a keystone of this ongoing mission. By bridging research, industry and enterprise, this programme gives participating scholars and fellows a dynamic research opportunity, allowing them to gain experience of working on a project with enterprise impact and innovation potential, and providing insight into career paths beyond academia. The Council wishes the new awardees and their partners every success with their projects.
For postgraduate and postdoctoral participants, the Enterprise Partnership scheme builds links between researchers and the broader economy and society, which is key to driving future innovation.