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TUS led initiative on gender-based abuse receives Irish Research Council funding

Released

21 January 2022

A TUS led initiative in the area of gender-based abuse has received €12,000 in funding under the New Foundations project.

Developed by Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) and Haven Horizons, a national charity focused on education and research in the field of domestic abuse, the awarded project “Research Translation Centre: Gender-based abuse” provides a website that will allow practitioners and researchers in the area of gender-based abuse in Ireland to further connect with each other to bring about change.

The website will also house research opportunities and training courses. Events such as conferences and webinars will be organised and advertised.  The project will also establish an awards system for engaged research and research translation.  It is anticipated that this project will establish a knowledge hub in relation to gender-based abuse that can serve not only Ireland but practitioners and researchers in the field in the UK, Europe and across the world. 

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD announced Irish Research Council funding for 77 New Foundations projects that will bring researchers and community organisations together to collaborate on projects that will have a tangible impact on societal issues.

Principal Investigator, EDGE (Exploring Diversity, Gender and Equality) Research Group at TUS, Lisa O'Rourke Scott said, “The EDGE research group at TUS is delighted to receive further funding from the Irish Research Council to continue our project” Research Translation Centre: Gender-based abuse”.  Working closely with our community partner Haven Horizons, we have set up a website that will allow practitioners and researchers in the area of gender-based abuse in Ireland to connect with one another so that the research can be engaged with practitioners and translated into action that will eliminate gender-based abuse.   This second phase of funding will develop our resource further and include researchers and practitioners from outside of Ireland.   This phase of funding will allow us to continue this work with further impactful academic work that impacts on real lives.”

Dr O’Rourke Scott also highlighted the importance of external stakeholders and those working in the area of gender-based violence and abuse. She referenced the success of the EDGE and Haven Horizons webinar last November, at which Minister Harris was a keynote speaker.

Commenting on the funding, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD said, “I welcome the announcement of the 77 New Foundations research awards – another record number of projects being supported by the Irish Research Council under this programme. The 55 research partnerships with community and voluntary groups will have an invaluable impact – bringing new insights and evidence and allowing these organisations to have an even bigger impact on those they are trying to reach, especially the most vulnerable and marginalised in our society. The community and voluntary sector plays a critical role in Irish life and will continue to do so. As these projects get underway, they support enhancement of the services this sector provides, while also providing excellent partnership opportunities for our researchers.”