The CONNECT-led EDGE postdoc training programme has won the 2019 Engineering Education Award at the annual Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards. EDGE is a collaboration of three Science Foundation Ireland research centres at Trinity College Dublin: CONNECT, AMBER and ADAPT. It is co-funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.
EDGE’s goal is to form the next generation of thought leaders in ICT engineering. Since its launch in 2017, the programme has attracted 45 top class researchers to Ireland from 17 countries. EDGE Fellows are world leading researchers, recruited through competitive peer review of a research proposal. EDGE places these researchers in three cutting-edge areas of vital importance to the Irish economy: Future Networks and Communications; Digital Content & Media Technologies; and Advanced Materials and Bioengineering.
EDGE has made a significant contribution to engineering human capital in Ireland by providing these engineers – already highly accomplished in their academic fields – with opportunities for interdisciplinary and industry-focussed research, as well as training in essential transferable skills such as leadership development, the cultivation of creative thinking, and a strong focus on female empowerment in engineering. EDGE Fellows have taken up positions in companies such as Accenture, as well as academic posts internationally.
EDGE receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 713567.
CONNECT is the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. CONNECT is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. We engage with over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation.