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€8 million in funding announced for awardees of Enterprise Partnership Schemes

Posted: 1 September, 2022

Approaches to reduce suicide among construction workers in Ireland; the impact of weight regulation on bone metabolism and function in Irish male and female jockeys; and the reality of controlling Covid-19 and other superbug infections in acute hospital settings are among the projects to be awarded funding under the latest round of the Enterprise Partnership Schemes (EPS), the Irish Research Council announced today (01.09.22).


EPS provides postgraduate and postdoctoral candidates, hosted by a research-performing institution, with the opportunity to collaborate with an enterprise or employer on a research project of mutual interest.


More than €8 million in funding will be shared among the selected 79 projects, under the Scheme’s four funding strands — the Enterprise Partnership Scheme for Postgraduate researchers, the Enterprise Partnership Scheme for Postdoctoral researchers, the Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme and the Google Online Content Safety Scholarship.


Dr Louise Callinan, Interim Director of the Irish Research Council, said: “This is the eighteenth year of our Enterprise Partnership Schemes and we’re delighted at their continued success in linking excellent research talent with enterprise and innovation in Ireland. The projects selected this year focus on highly important topics, such as suicide and disease prevention, health promotion and energy recovery in data centres, and they demonstrate the broad range of cutting-edge research being conducted by high-calibre researchers that solves challenges and creates opportunities for partner enterprises. We’re also delighted to be partnering with Google Ireland for the second year on the Online Content Safety Scholarship, which is supporting research highly relevant to meeting the ongoing challenge of building a safer and more trusted internet.”


EPS Funding Strands

Awardees of the Enterprise Partnership Scheme for Postgraduate researchers and the Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme are to receive funding of €110,000 each, while recipients of the Enterprise Partnership Scheme for Postdoctoral researchers are being awarded funding of €99,000 each.


The Enterprise Partnership Schemes Postgraduate and Postdoctoral strands provide researchers with the opportunity to pursue research in collaboration with enterprise while based at an eligible higher education or research-performing institution.


The Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme enables researchers to pursue research in collaboration with a higher education institution while based in, and employed by, their employment partner.


Google Online Content Safety Scholarship

This is the second year of the Google Online Content Safety Scholarship, which is offered by Google Ireland in partnership with the IRC as a strand of the EPS. The Google Scholarship supports the development of exceptional and innovative research in areas relevant to the challenge of online content safety. Alexandra Afroditi Asimakopoulou, from University College Dublin, is this year’s successful awardee under this programme. She was awarded funding of €82,500 for her project titled, ‘The malleability of memory in online misinformation: The role of emotional state in both believing and remembering fake news.’


New Projects Awarded Funding

Among the projects awarded EPS funding for the 2022-23 period are:


Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postgraduate)

  • ‘The malleability of memory in online misinformation: The role of emotional state in both believing and remembering fake news’, Alexandra Afroditi Asimakopoulou, University College Dublin.
  • ‘Memories From Museums: An Investigation of Collective Memory in Socio-Cultural Spaces’, Shaun Ussher, Trinity College Dublin.
  • ‘Development of Integrated Miniature Vapour-Compression Systems for Heat Management and Energy Recovery in Data Centres’, Fazeel Mohammed Naduvilakath Mohammed, Trinity College Dublin.


Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Postdoctoral)

  • ‘Impact of weight regulation on bone metabolism and function in Irish male and female jockeys’, Arthur Dunne, South East Technological University.
  • ‘Artists at the intersection of work and welfare: Low-Income disabled artists’ navigation of welfare and working lives’, Philip Finn, Maynooth University.
  • ‘Gender Equity in Irish Architecture: Where are Ireland’s Women Architects?’, Dervla MacManus, University College Dublin.


Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme

  • ‘Developing and Evaluating Universal Approaches to Reduce Suicide Among Construction Workers in Ireland’, Jack Sweeney, South East Technological University.
  • ‘The Reality of Controlling the Three Cs: coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), carbapenemase-producing enterobacterales (CPE) and clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) in the Acute Hospital Setting. Analysing Real-Life Data to Drive Improvements’, Mairead Skally, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences.
  • ‘Investigating current clinical practice in Ireland for diagnosing Diabetes and the potential of novel predictive clinical biomarkers for early detection of disease and more efficient therapeutic interventions’, Jessica Neville, Munster Technological University.
  • ‘Impact of menstrual cycle and nutritional intervention on physical activity, inflammation and quality of life’, Niamh Mallon, Atlantic Technological University.

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