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SCIENTIFIC TRANSATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP TO ATTRACT U.S. STUDENTS TO ENGAGE IN RESEARCH IN IRELAND

Posted on 9 months ago by Laurentina Kennedy The RFT Group 012302400

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SCIENTIFIC TRANSATLANTIC PARTNERSHIP TO ATTRACT U.S. STUDENTS TO ENGAGE IN RESEARCH IN IRELAND

15th November 2016 - Science Foundation Ireland and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced the continuation of a programme partnership to facilitate early career U.S.  researchers to carry out research visits to Ireland.

Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government of Ireland, Professor Mark Ferguson and Dr France Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation (NSF) USA, signed the agreement at Trinity College Dublin.

The agreement will see talented young U.S.-based researchers, funded under the NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Programme, have the opportunity to spend 3-12 months in an academic institution in the Republic of Ireland under the Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) programme 2016-2017. The programme, in which Ireland first became a partner in 2013, aims to give U.S. students the opportunity to gain international experience and collaborate with excellent Irish researchers in a state of the art research environment

Graduate researchers represent the future of the science and engineering enterprise, and NSF wants to provide them with opportunities for building experiences and advancing their careers. Three years ago, we were pleased to enter into a partnership with Science Foundation Ireland that would help further that goal. Today’s GROW continuation represents our shared commitment to graduate education,” said NSF Director France Córdova.

Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government of Ireland, Professor Mark Ferguson, commented, “The partnership with the US National Science Foundation provides a meaningful opportunity for talented young scientists and engineers to engage with world-leading research teams here in Ireland.  Internationalisation is an increasingly vital aspect of research and the GROW programme allows young researchers to experience exceptional collaborations at an early stage of their careers. I am delighted top Irish researchers are willing to share their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of U.S. students and build collaborative links with leading research groups in America.

In Ireland the 12 SFI Research Centres across the country, along with other laboratories holding specific awards from Science Foundation Ireland, can act as hosts for GROW participants. The SFI Research Centres are involved in ground-breaking research, featuring industrial and academic collaborations. Each centre has a specific focus on an area of strategic importance to Ireland covering Pharma, Big Data Analytics, Medical Devices, Nanotechnology / Materials, Marine Renewable Energy, Food for Health/Functional Food, Perinatal Research, Applied Geosciences, Software, Digital Content and Telecommunications.

For more information on participating in a collaboration with a host in Ireland see the SFI GROW Call.