23 MU researchers awarded IRC Government of Ireland funding

Tuesday, September 19, 2023 - 11:00

Maynooth University postgraduate and postdoctoral research projects have been recognised and awarded funding under the Irish Research Council’s flagship Government of Ireland programmes.
In total, 23 Maynooth projects - 15 postgraduate and eight postdoctoral - will receive funding under the Government of Ireland Programmes.
The following projects have been included in an overall national allocation of €24.6 million for 2023:
Maynooth University Postgraduate Research Projects

  • Aidan Gilsenan, History - The wounded soldiers of the Land War': a social history of evicted tenants, 1879 to 1939.
  • Alexandra Lapiy, Chemistry - Sensing oxidative stress biomarkers of neurodegenerative disease (SOx)
  • Ali Asghar Ghareh Daghi, Sociology - Managing United States Sanctions: The emergence of a "resistance model" in Iran and Venezuela?
  • Athira Tomy, Chemistry - “Sweetsense” – electroanalysis of sugar molecules using chemoreceptor and redox active materials.
  • Aylin Ahmadinia, Chemistry - Bio-based epoxy with layered double hydroxides intercalated with green inhibitors: A new generation of sustainable anti-corrosion coatings with self-healing properties.
  • Chloë Cass, Law - Left out in the cold: the vulnerable plaintiff in the Irish Civil System.
  • Frank Gallagher, Electronic Engineering - Hierarchical Semantic Scene Representations for Robot Perception and Action.
  • Jordan Loughlin, Chemistry - Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of novel squaratide based glycoconjugates for selective delivery to cancer cells.
  • Rebecca Vining, Geography -  The Human Costs of Horticulture: An Examination of Migrant Labour and Food Sovereignty in Ireland.
  • Shane Coyle, Chemistry - Glyco-COINs: Glycoconjugates as conjugation inhibitors of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) plasmid transfer.
  • Stephen Healy, Chemistry - Cold Atmospheric Plasma Activated Prodrugs - A New Strategy to Combat Glioblastoma multiforme.
  • Victoria Oluwatobi Isa Daniel, Law - Early Legal Advice and Assistance for International Protection Applicants in Ireland.
  • William Kearney, Music - Passing it on: The significance of gesture in the embodiment of Irish traditional dance music and dance.
  • Criostóir King, Geography - Contested Transitions: Environmental Conflicts and Justice in Rural Ireland.
  • Tara Ciric, Education - Invisible and unheard: Young people, education and care in Ireland.

Maynooth University Postdoctoral Research Projects

  • Dr Adam Behan, Music - Irish Popular Music and Hegemonic Masculinity, 1968–2000.
  • Dr Anthony Kelly, Media Studies -Forceful Fandoms: Interrogating the Antagonistic Digital Labour Practices of Political Influencer Social Media Audiences.
  • Evan Bourke, English - Crown Again the Poet's Head: Decolonising Data and Rewriting Ireland 1541-1660.
  • Dr Gordon Greville, Biology - The role of alpha-2-macroglobulin N-glycosylation in the progression of chronic liver disease. 
  • Hilary White, English - Forms of Sleep: Literary Experiments in Somnolence, 1920–the present.
  • Katy Brown, Media Studies - Reporting and engaging with the far right: the role of the media in understanding, mainstreaming and countering the far right.
  • Nidhi Kedia-Mehta, Biology - Investigation into obesity related defects in MAIT cells - is glutamine the missing link?
  • Oksana Vynnyk, History, - Healing War Wounds and Building the State: Disabled Veteran in the Interwar Polish Cities.

This year, 294 awards in total were funded; 214 postgraduate scholarships and 80 postdoctoral fellowships.

Announcing the funding awards, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, said: “I am delighted to announce this investment for a new generation of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers under the Irish Research Council’s Government of Ireland programmes. These awards will support the development of the next generation of excellent researchers in Ireland, as they pursue new knowledge at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines.

This investment recognises the huge potential of Ireland’s early-career researchers, and it will support the development of skills, knowledge and innovation that will meet the challenges of today and the future”.
To deliver on shared national objectives, each year the Government of Ireland programmes collaborate with strategic funding partners. Fourteen of this year’s awards were made in collaboration with and funded by partner agencies. The agencies comprise the Environmental Protection Agency, Met Éireann, the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Further information is available on IRC website