33 postgraduate and postdoctoral students at NUI Galway have been awarded funding for their research projects by the Irish Research Council (IRC).
The funding was announced as part of the Government’s 2021 Postgraduate and Postdoctoral programme.
Professor Jim Livesey, Vice President for Research and Innovation at NUI Galway welcomed the announcement and congratulated the researchers for their innovative projects.
Professor Livesey also said that the IRC’s programmes “animate NUI Galway’s values of respect, openness, sustainability and excellence”.
“All 33 projects demonstrate how important public research and innovation is to the fabric of our lives when confronting national and global challenges. I would also like to thank the Irish Research Council and the Government for supporting these important research projects,” he said.
The projects at NUI Galway will investigate a variety of topics, ranging from the ecology of the longhorn beetle family by postgraduate student Aoife Crowe to homelessness in modernist literature by postdoctoral student Laura Ryan.
Other research topics include the relevance of the apartheid frame for Palestine by postgraduate student Rania Muhareb and the Irish perspective on international law of neutrality during peace time by postgraduate student Pearce Clancy.
The ecology of Lyme disease by postgraduate student Ríona Walsh and Feminist lawyering as an alternative approach to address gender-based violence against women in the Ugandan refugee context by postgraduate student Maëlle Noir were also featured.
Simon Harris, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science announced the successful projects as part of a €28 million investment in research and academia.
The 2021 IRC Government of Ireland Postgraduate and Postdoctoral programme will fund 330 awards in total. This includes 254 postgraduate scholarships and 76 postdoctoral fellowships.
Each year Government of Ireland programmes collaborate with organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Met Éireann to continue delivering on shared national objectives.