SFI to recruit top research professors for universities

A multi-million euro plan aimed at attracting some of the world’s leading researchers was announced by the Government yesterday.

SFI to recruit top research professors for universities

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is undertaking a major drive to recruit top international research professors to each of the country’s seven universities.

The Targeted SFI Research Professorship Programme 2014 will provide research funding of approximately €5m for each successful candidate.

Commenting on the announcement, SFI director general, Professor Mark Ferguson said the investment was aimed at attracting the world’s leading research talent and strengthening Ireland’s reputation in the area.

“A key objective of this joint initiative with the Irish universities is to attract iconic research leaders to Ireland to strengthen research capabilities in selected areas of strategic national importance to Ireland’s long-term competitiveness and development.

“Attracting top-tier researchers will further enhance Ireland’s reputation as a destination of choice for world-class researchers, industrial partnerships and as a location for securing additional international funding,” he said.

The areas targeted by the scheme include advanced manufacturing, bio-manufacturing, energy, medical devices and agri-food.

In total, 47 specific thematic areas are listed under the programme with each university focussing its recruitment strategy on a number of the targeted areas.

The newly appointed research professors will be expected to develop research programmes with industry, develop new technologies and train students and researchers, as well as leveraging further funding.

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