National University of Ireland Maynooth’s Postgraduate Scholarships

Note the upcoming deadlines for National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) postgraduate scholarships. The John & Pat Hume scholarship closes on 6th May 2014. The Taught Masters Bursaries deadline is 2nd June 2014. Application forms and terms and conditions for both schemes will be available for download from the Graduate Studies website. Click on the website link for the respective application form and further information: 

Funding for Humanitarian Relief

Humanitarian aid is being stretched. Millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa are living with conflict and its legacy; natural disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti and the floods in Pakistan have the power to disrupt and sometimes even paralyse economic and social infrastructure; recovery and reconstruction remain uneven following large-scale conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan; and political turmoil is escalating in parts of the Middle East and North Africa. In many instances the people already affected by crises face additional threats, their livelihoods made more insecure by the effects of climate change and the vagaries of the global economy. The international humanitarian response to these needs reached US$16.7 billion in 2010. If this preliminary, partial estimate proves to be accurate Continue reading here [...]

‘Pull-through’ – The new philosophy in SFI

Last Thursday (March 1st), with little fanfare, a new dawn broke in the world of Irish scientific research. Few could doubt that we have a problem in state funded research in Ireland. The problem is that in our quest for creating new knowledge, pushing the frontiers of technology someone has painted the finish line at precisely the wrong part of the process.  The holy grail for researchers and their sponsors (us, the taxpayer) is publication.  It's publications that get noticed and get you promoted.  Taxpayers who are funding this might be surprised that publication trumps commercialisation.  Getting a paper published is more advantageous for individuals and institutions than spawning the next Google (although, of course, they are not mutually exclusive). So, we have a veritable mountain Continue reading here [...]