Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:


SFI Attracts International Researchers to Ireland

Minister Martin Announces 67 New Research Posts in €44.55 Million SFI Investment

Mr. Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, today announced details of a €44.55 million funding award that will create 67 new research posts in Higher Education Institutes, under the Science Foundation Ireland Stokes Professorship and Lectureship Programme.

The programme which will support 32 Professorships and 35 Lectureships is aimed at recruiting senior, world-class research academics as well as entry-level academics and senior post-doctoral researchers. Successful candidates are internationally-competitive, research-active academics, performing at the highest level appropriate to their career point.

Highlighting the importance of the programme in meeting the objectives of the Government’s Strategy for Science and Technology Innovation (SSTI), Minister Martin, said; “The central role of education and in particular higher education in Ireland’s economic success is beyond debate. We require significant support for new posts at Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) to achieve the next phase of our national development ambitions, and the Stokes Programme will be a key element in meeting this requirement”.

We also need to continue to build on the growing international recognition that Ireland is an attractive location for research. Of the 32 Stokes Professorships awarded today, 30 are being allocated to scientists from outside of Ireland. It substantially increases the recognition that Ireland is a location of choice for internationally competitive researchers and offers an environment of competitive excellence. It is an extremely positive signal for Ireland that such eminent researchers have chosen to further their scientific careers here.” he concluded.

Commenting on the programme, Professor Frank Gannon, Director General, SFI, said; “The Stokes Programme will allow more flexible and proactive recruiting by HEI’s of key scientific and engineering researchers. It should allow departments in HEIs to strategically plan their staffing, to integrate quality staff into the current base of permanent staff and to add to their net pool of expertise”.

SFI is providing direct funding amounting to €180,000 for Stokes Professorships and €90,000 for Stokes Lectureships and the funding is awarded for up to five years. These Stokes nominees all have a proven record of internationally-recognised independent research accomplishments and have at least two years of independent research experience beyond the Ph.D. or equivalent. Schools within the HEIs nominated the applicants for the Stokes Award programme. SFI received 172 applications for Lectureships and 89 for Professorships. Following an international review process SFI approved the awards under the Stokes Programme to 67 nominated candidates (32 Professorships and 35 Lectureships). The HEIs are now completing contract negotiations with the successful Stokes awardees.

The Stokes Programme is named after Sir George Gabriel Stokes (1819-1903), the Irish mathematician and physicist who was born in Skreen Co.Sligo. Stokes made several important contributions to fluid dynamics (c.f., Navier-Stokes equations), optics and maths physics (c.f., Stokes Theorem). Like Isaac Newton, he was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, a Parliamentary representative for Cambridge University and a President of the Royal Society. Stokes made key contributions to the foundations of, what we now call, Information & Communications Technology and Biotechnologies.

Alva O'Cleirigh | alfa
Further information:

More articles from Science Education:

nachricht Decision-making research in children: Rules of thumb are learned with time
19.10.2016 | Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung

nachricht Young people discover the "Learning Center"
20.09.2016 | Research Center Pharmaceutical Engineering GmbH

All articles from Science Education >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Etching Microstructures with Lasers

Ultrafast lasers have introduced new possibilities in engraving ultrafine structures, and scientists are now also investigating how to use them to etch microstructures into thin glass. There are possible applications in analytics (lab on a chip) and especially in electronics and the consumer sector, where great interest has been shown.

This new method was born of a surprising phenomenon: irradiating glass in a particular way with an ultrafast laser has the effect of making the glass up to a...

Im Focus: Light-driven atomic rotations excite magnetic waves

Terahertz excitation of selected crystal vibrations leads to an effective magnetic field that drives coherent spin motion

Controlling functional properties by light is one of the grand goals in modern condensed matter physics and materials science. A new study now demonstrates how...

Im Focus: New 3-D wiring technique brings scalable quantum computers closer to reality

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) at the University of Waterloo led the development of a new extensible wiring technique capable of controlling superconducting quantum bits, representing a significant step towards to the realization of a scalable quantum computer.

"The quantum socket is a wiring method that uses three-dimensional wires based on spring-loaded pins to address individual qubits," said Jeremy Béjanin, a PhD...

Im Focus: Scientists develop a semiconductor nanocomposite material that moves in response to light

In a paper in Scientific Reports, a research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute describes a novel light-activated phenomenon that could become the basis for applications as diverse as microscopic robotic grippers and more efficient solar cells.

A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a revolutionary, light-activated semiconductor nanocomposite material that can be used...

Im Focus: Diamonds aren't forever: Sandia, Harvard team create first quantum computer bridge

By forcefully embedding two silicon atoms in a diamond matrix, Sandia researchers have demonstrated for the first time on a single chip all the components needed to create a quantum bridge to link quantum computers together.

"People have already built small quantum computers," says Sandia researcher Ryan Camacho. "Maybe the first useful one won't be a single giant quantum computer...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>



Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

Agricultural Trade Developments and Potentials in Central Asia and the South Caucasus

14.10.2016 | Event News

World Health Summit – Day Three: A Call to Action

12.10.2016 | Event News

Latest News

How nanoscience will improve our health and lives in the coming years

27.10.2016 | Materials Sciences

OU-led team discovers rare, newborn tri-star system using ALMA

27.10.2016 | Physics and Astronomy

'Neighbor maps' reveal the genome's 3-D shape

27.10.2016 | Life Sciences

More VideoLinks >>>