UL's O'Brien reaps reward of large SFI grant

While the common perception may be that mathematics is a somewhat abstract science, the discipline continues to be core to industrial research, writes Dick O'Brien.

27th January, 2013
Prof Stephen O'Brien and Joanna Mason of UL with Sean Sherlock, centre, Minister of State with responsibility for Research & Innovation. Photo: Jason Clarke Photography

While the common perception may be that mathematics is a somewhat abstract science, with less relevance to industry than disciplines such as engineering or chemistry, the discipline continues to be core to industrial research. This has been borne out by the latest round of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) grants.

Last week, SFI announced €60 million in new funding through its Investigator Programme. The money will go to 85 research projects, directly supporting the work of...

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