€4.8m career launch for Irish science researchers

9 Jan 2008

A new scheme unveiled today by the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET), the Postgraduate Scholarship Research Scheme, is set to boost the budding careers of young Irish researchers in the fields of science, technology and engineering.

With this funding, which will operate in 2008 under IRCSET’s Embark Initiative, the council hopes to both keep researchers here in Ireland and attract new talent from abroad.

Applications are welcome from today until 20 February. Masters students will receive a years funding while PhD students will receive up to three years, all of which will be decided by an independent academic panel.

Professor Jane Grimson, chair of IRCSET says, “Facilitating the development of the research talent that exists in Ireland is a key element in the country’s strategic agenda to enhance overall research competitiveness.

“The IRCSET scheme is multi-disciplinary, making it appealing to a wide section of research interests in the science, engineering and technology fields.

“It also attracts researchers from other countries to conduct their work in Ireland, facilitating international mobility within the research community.”

Most recently, 49 Doctoral and Masters level researchers received €3.6m in funding under the second round of the Embark Initiative’s Postgraduate Research Scholarship Scheme 2007.

By Marie Boran