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Eucharia Meehan

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Director, Irish Research Council


Dr Eucharia Meehan is currently the Director of the Irish Research Council. She was Head of Research Programmes at the Higher Education Authority (HEA), and had particular responsibility for the management of the NDP funded strategic research capacity development initiative for higher education institutions, the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI). This programme has allocated in excess of €600m for both physical infrastructure and for the conduct of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research at 33 new or expanded centres since 1999. Dr. Meehan managed and directed a number of other research funding programmes, which encouraged research collaboration including two North/South initiatives.


Prior to that Dr Meehan was the Senior Programme Manager for Elan Biotechnology Research (EBR), largely based in Dublin but with responsibilities at a number of locations in the US. In that role she had particular responsibility for the management of formal business collaborations between the EBR and other external third parties. Her background is in Biochemistry and Pharmacology (NUIG), in addition to having a number of business qualifications.


Dr Meehan is a former Chair of Women in Technology and Science (WITS), a voluntary association which works to promote the awareness of, and participation of, women in all areas of science, engineering and technology.


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