Deirdre has over 15 years’ research administration and management experience in national, EU and international funding. She has excellent knowledge of the research and innovation funding landscape in Ireland, the EU and internationally, with extensive experience of research strategy development and implementation, including proposal development, consortium building, grant preparation and proposal writing, particularly in the EU Framework programmes.
In 2015, Deirdre joined the AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) team from the Research Development Office in Trinity College Dublin where she worked as Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) portfolio manager, advising and providing support on all SFI funding programmes. Prior to that, Deirdre worked as Peer Review Committee Secretary (Earth Sciences) in the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) in the UK, managing the peer review process for research proposals in Earth Sciences and Science-based Archaeology.
In AMBER, alongside providing one-to-one proposal supports to investigators, Deirdre has responsibility for the direction and implementation of the Centre’s international (non-exchequer) research funding strategy, with the goal of maximising research income to the Centre and its investigators across AMBER’s 9 partner institutions.
Deirdre holds an MSc in Applied Environmental Geology (University of Wales, Cardiff) and a BSc (Hons) in Earth Sciences (NUI Galway) and has prior experience in the waste management industry. In 2016, Deirdre was awarded a Certificate in Research Management from the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA) where she was later elected a Board member and to the External Relations Thematic Steering Group for two years.
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