Minister of State Michael Kitt announces over €7 million in funding for Irish Universities to increase research on international development
The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Mr Michael Kitt T.D., today announced funding of over €7 million to higher education institutions in
This is the first round of funding announced under Irish Aid’s Programme of Strategic Cooperation with Higher Education and Research Institutes, which was launched last year. A further call for applications under the scheme will be made in September. Making the announcement Minister Kitt said:
“This funding will enable Irish universities and colleges to build partnerships with universities in developing countries. Together they will work to develop innovative ways to tackle global poverty and underdevelopment. For Irish universities, this is an opportunity to build their expertise in development research. I welcome the great interest they have shown in the field of development cooperation”.
“Our work in Irish Aid will be enriched by the research carried out under the Programme, which will help build
The successful proposals were recommended for funding by an International Appraisal Panel comprising experts in the field of development research. The Higher Education Authority will administer the Programme’s funding on behalf of Irish Aid.
Notes to editors:
The Programme of Strategic Cooperation between Irish Aid and Higher Education and Research Institutes 2007-2011 was launched in December 2006, with a budget of €12.5 million.
Funding in this round has been awarded to the National University of Ireland Maynooth, Mary Immaculate College Limerick, University College Dublin, Royal College of Surgeons of
The thematic areas that activities funded under the Programme will focus on include health, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, education, food and livelihood security, pro-poor economic growth, governance and gender equality.