Thirty-three NUI Galway research projects receive Government funding

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Oct 06 2021 Posted: 09:00 IST

Thirty-three NUI Galway research projects receive Government funding

Thirty-three NUI Galway research projects have been awarded funding by the Irish Research Council as part of the Government’s flagship Postgraduate and Postdoctoral 2021 programme.

The successful projects were announced by Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris T.D., as part of a €28 million investment in research and academia.

The NUI Galway projects will conduct research on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Determining the ecology of the declining and understudied longhorn beetle family with reference to ecosystem functioning, habitat requirements and conservation status.
  • The relevance of the apartheid framework for Palestine and other ongoing contexts of institutionalised racial oppression and domination.
  • Why thousands of children still die every year from scorpion stings?
  • Investigating if we are on the cusp of the first mass extinction of plants in Earth history and looking at leaf traits, which hold the answer by connecting past secret plant extinctions with modern extinctions.
  • Evaluating the impact of protein content, taste levels and texture modification to manage malnutrition in cancer patients using novel sensory nutrition techniques.
  • Homelessness in modernist literature examining how contemporary conceptions of homelessness were formed.
  • The Irish perspective on International law of neutrality during peacetime.
  • The ecology, epidemiology, risk assessment, and awareness of Lyme disease.
  • Feminist lawyering as an alternative approach to address gender based violence against women in the Ugandan refugee context.

Welcoming the announcement, Professor Jim Livesey, Vice President for Research and Innovation, NUI Galway, said: “I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to our talented group of postdoctoral and postgraduate researchers for their innovative projects. As a research-led University, the IRC’s Government of Ireland 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.”

In total, the IRC Government of Ireland Postgraduate and Postdoctoral 2021 programme will fund 330 awards, made up of 254 postgraduate scholarships and 76 postdoctoral fellowships.

To deliver on shared national objectives, each year the Government of Ireland programmes collaborate with strategic funding partners, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Met Éireann.


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