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HEA Presentation To Tourism Research Forum2

  1. 1. Higher Education Authority Tourism Research Forum 7 th May 2008
  2. 2. The HEA’s Role Statutory Body Other Designated Funding Universities / IoT’s HEA DES Government Activities Agency Work Advisory Government E.U. National Office - Access
  3. 3. Irish Higher Education System <ul><li>145,000 F/T students </li></ul><ul><li>7 Universities </li></ul><ul><li>5 Colleges of Education </li></ul><ul><li>National College of Art and Design </li></ul><ul><li>Dublin Institute of Technology </li></ul><ul><li>13 Institutes of Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Private Institutions </li></ul>Binary System 85,000 60,000
  4. 4. Tourism and Hospitality Courses <ul><li>Undergraduate - all courses IOT based </li></ul><ul><li>Taught Masters in DIT, UL and UCD </li></ul><ul><li>1 Masters Research Course - GMIT </li></ul><ul><li>Apprentices – c 580 on FETAC Cert / Advanced Certificates </li></ul><ul><li>Total of c 4150 students studying tourism and hospitality and related courses (4100 at undergrad level, 43 masters students, includes both full / part time, apprenticeships) </li></ul><ul><li>Shannon College of Hotel Management ‘free fees’ only </li></ul>
  5. 5. HEA Funding Streams <ul><li>Competitive Funding: </li></ul><ul><li>PRTLI </li></ul><ul><li>- Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) </li></ul><ul><li>Irish Aid </li></ul><ul><li>- North-South Research Programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Fund for Digital Research </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Sector Research Fund (TSR) </li></ul>Block Grant Allocation Capital Allocations
  6. 6. Competitive Funding – Guiding Principles <ul><ul><li>National Development Plan 2007-2013 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher Education Authority Strategic Plan 2008-2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills Strategy – Ahead of the Curve / Tomorrow’s Skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategy for Science Technology and Innovation (2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Infrastructure in Ireland (2007) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Towards 2016 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EU – Lisbon Agenda 3% of GDP on Research by 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ministerial Speeches </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Competitive Funding <ul><li>- Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) </li></ul><ul><li>PRTLI </li></ul><ul><li>Irish Aid </li></ul><ul><li>- North-South Research Programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Fund for Digital Research </li></ul><ul><li>Technology Sector Research Fund (TSR) </li></ul>Research Section
  8. 8. Strategic Innovation Fund “ The SIF will enable higher education institutions to: Incentivise and reward internal restructuring and rationalisation efforts Provide for improved performance management systems Meet staff training and support requirements associated with the reform of structures and the implementation of new processes Implement improved management information systems Introduce teaching and learning reforms, including enhanced teaching methods, programme restructuring, modularisation and e-learning Support quality improvement initiatives aimed at excellence Promote access, transfer and progression and incentivise stronger inter-institutional collaboration in the development and delivery of programmes.” Minister for Education and Science April 2005
  9. 9. HEA Research Funding <ul><li>Provision and enhancement of infrastructure and capabilities for research….. </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting and enabling strategic development and collaboration …… </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancement of quality of research, education and training ….. </li></ul>
  10. 10. PRTLI – Distinguishing Features PRTLI Distinguishing Features (launched 1998) Institutional Strategy Focus Scale/ Resources (Public & Private) All Disciplines Collaboration Incentives Link to Teaching and Education Programmes & Supporting Infrastructure In parallel in 1998: Technology Foresight Exercise
  11. 11. PRTLI – Objectives <ul><li>To enable a strategic and planned approach by third-level institutions to the long-term development of their research capabilities, consistent with their existing and developing research strengths and capabilities and national goals. </li></ul><ul><li>To promote the development of high quality research capabilities in third-level institutions, so as to enhance the quality and relevance of graduate output and skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Within the framework of these objectives, to provide support for outstandingly talented individual researchers and teams within institutions and the encouragement of co-operation between researchers both within the institutions and between institutions  </li></ul>
  12. 12. PRTLI Interactive Map www.hea.ie/PRTLI
  13. 13. % Total Allocations (up to Cycle 4) € 54m 6% Research Resources/Libraries € 74m 9% Environment/Marine € 98m 11% Social Science/Humanities € 103m 12% ICT/Advanced Communications Platform Technologies & Materials (INCL. Chemical & Physical sciences) Biosciences/Biomedical (INCL. Food and Health Science, & Neuroscience) € 122m 14% € 414m 48%
  14. 14. PRTLI Cycle Five <ul><li>Shaping up to be: </li></ul><ul><li>Five year programme </li></ul><ul><li>Strong Capital focus (new & additional space) </li></ul><ul><li>Structured PhD Education </li></ul><ul><li>New & Emerging Potential areas </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy, Collaboration, Teaching & Learning linkages </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted and Open Strands </li></ul>
  15. 15. Technological Sector Research Initiative Open to Institutes of Technology only Divided over three strands Strand 1 – Postgraduate R&D Skills Programme Strand 2 – Enterprise Platform Programme Strand 3 – Core Research Strengths Enhancement
  16. 16. Research Council Funding <ul><li>IRCSET </li></ul><ul><li>Postgraduate Research Scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Entreprise Partnership Scheme (EPS) </li></ul><ul><li>Postdoctoral Fellowships </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ircset.ie/ </li></ul><ul><li>IRCHSS </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Graduate Scholarship </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Doctoral Fellowship </li></ul><ul><li>Research Fellowship </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Research Fellowship </li></ul><ul><li>Projects (Small & Thematic) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.irchss.ie/ </li></ul>
  17. 17. European Funding <ul><li>Cooperation – Collaborative Research, 10 areas </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas – frontier research on the basis of excellence </li></ul><ul><li>People – human potential and supporting mobility </li></ul><ul><li>Capacities – research infrastructures </li></ul><ul><li>Nuclear Research </li></ul>http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/home_en.html
  18. 18. Overview of Framework 7 Funding for Research Funding for Basic Research Marie Curie - PhDs, Postdocs Part of EC – Funds Energy, Physical Sciences
  19. 19. Things of which to be aware <ul><li>Long-term projects require long-term plans </li></ul><ul><li>Demands time & effort at all stages of the process </li></ul><ul><li>Onerous administration, especially with on-line submission system </li></ul><ul><li>Passing evaluation thresholds does not guarantee funding </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties working with EU partners </li></ul>
  20. 20. Advantages of participation in FP7 <ul><li>For Researcher: free access to high quality research facility (travel and expenses are paid) </li></ul><ul><li>For Research Group: Funding to allow researchers to access their facility and increased status as a ‘European Research Infrastructure’ </li></ul><ul><li>Build research capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance your international profile </li></ul><ul><li>Improve your network of contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Increased research outputs </li></ul><ul><li>Leverage new funding opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Valuable feedback on your proposal </li></ul>
  21. 21. Enterprise Ireland What support is available? <ul><li>Travel support – Grants of up to €150 are available to researchers. </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination support – Grants are available for the preparation of </li></ul><ul><li>proposals by coordinators . </li></ul><ul><li>Feasibility support – Companies can apply for a grant to facilitate </li></ul><ul><li>their participation. </li></ul><ul><li>Full details and application forms are available from Enterprise </li></ul><ul><li>Ireland at: http://www.enterprise-ireland.com/FP7/Financial+Support.htm </li></ul>
  22. 22. Support from the HEA National Contact Point: Humanities and Social Sciences Sorcha Carthy Email: scarthy@irchss.ie Tel: (01) 231 7188
  23. 23. Other Useful websites Cordis—Research Infrastructures http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/capacities/research-infrastructures_en.html Europa—Research Infrastructures http://ec.europa.eu/research/infrastructures/landscape_en.html European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) http://cordis.europa.eu/esfri/ Higher Education Authority (HEA)—FP7 http://www.hea.ie/index.cfm/page/sub/id/1163 FP7 Ireland http://www.fp7ireland.com
  24. 24. <ul><li>Humanities and Social Sciences Foresight Exercise </li></ul><ul><li>Working with DES to develop a national strategy for higher education </li></ul><ul><li>National Access Office (Next Strategic Plan 2008-10 due shortly) </li></ul>Other HEA Activities
  25. 25. Thank you for your attention! Website: http://www.hea.ie