Dr. Eucharia Meehan is Director of the Irish Research Council, the Council having been established by the Minister of State for Research and Innovation Mr. Sean Sherlock T.D. in late March 2012. The Council, which builds on the excellent work of the two former councils IRCHSS and IRCSET, has a mission to enable and sustain a vibrant and creative research community in Ireland.
Prior to a role as Head of Research and Innovation at the Higher Education Authority (HEA), she was Head of Research Programmes and Capital Investment which encompassed a role as Director of the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI). An investment of €1.2bn of Exchequer and non-Exchequer funding will result in the development of strategic research infrastructure and capacity across many areas of research and scholarship in Ireland by the end of this decade. The adoption of a more structured approach to PhD education is also a key focus for the programme.
Prior to joining the HEA in late 2001, Eucharia was Head of Programme Management at Elan Biotechnology Research (EBR). In this role she had responsibility for sites and joint ventures in Ireland, Israel and the USA. EBR was awarded a National Innovation Award in 2000. Eucharia holds a PhD in Pharmacology (Neuropharmacology) from NUIG, in addition to a number of postgraduate management, accounting and finance qualifications.
She is a former chair of Women in Technology and Science (WITS), and a former member of the board of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of Ireland. Currently she is a member of the boards of the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT), and of the School of Cosmic Physics in the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS).