Tuesday, 19 November 2019
Department of Education and Skills
153. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has made a submission to the upcoming plan by Science Foundation Ireland; if so, if the submission included reference to the balance of research carried out through Science Foundation Ireland funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47212/19]
162. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department made a submission to draft strategy of Science Foundation Ireland for the period 2020 to 2025; and if this submission will be published. [47225/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 153 and 162 together.
My Department did not make a formal submission to Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) on their draft Strategy 2020 - 2025. However, officials from my Department and the Higher Education Authority met with officials from SFI on 30 September 2019 and discussed the draft Strategy. My Department wrote to SFI following this meeting outlining points raised at the meeting, including the importance of a balanced research system.