Dublin scientists get over €10 million in EU fundingNews Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Three leading Dublin scientists are to be awarded funding of up to €10.5 million as part of the latest round of EU research grants.
Professors Kenneth Wolfe and Luke O’Neill from Trinity College, and Professor James Heckman from UCD, will get grants worth €3.5 million each to advance their pioneering projects in health and food technology.
Kenneth Wolfe is working on the evolution of yeast species, which is important for food and drink industries. Luke O’Neill, who has contributed groundbreaking work to knowledge of diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and malaria, will continue his research on the human immune system. James Heckman is studying new ways of understanding general health over the course of a life-span.
The funding will be drawn down from an overall EU package of €590 million euro for scientists from all member states, allocated through the European Research Council.
Welcoming the news, Dublin MEP Proinsias De Rossa (Labour) says this investment by the EU reflects well on the high quality of research in Irish universities. He said: “It demonstrates how we in Ireland can not only benefit ourselves but the wellbeing of society more generally.”
Article by journalist Jessie Magee for Eurolink, which is funded by the European Parliament.
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