Ireland only got four starter European Research Council awards in the last round, for comparison, Bristol University got five and Israel 24. Here the ERC’s Helga Nowotny explains on Morning Ireland
why she thinks this is the case. She’s right of course.
I think you can see from looking at where technology hot spots are globally, the economic benefit of funding science comes from supporting good science, not the science the government believes will lead to short term economic returns. Even in the good times, basic science was not treated fairly in Ireland, now, in the bad times, the cheap and glorious bit, fundamental science, is being sacrificed to naive policies.
[PS congratulations to the four who did get ERCs, what stars!]