#InspireInclusion within ADAPT: Meet ADAPT’s Research Development Team

08 March 2024

This week, in honour of International Women’s Day, ADAPT aims to commemorate and spotlight the accomplishments of our diverse teams within the centre. Among these, ADAPT’s Research Development Team (RDT) stands out prominently for their significant contributions to facilitating ADAPT Research. Our RDT is dedicated to supporting our researchers along the whole project journey from initial idea to final reports. Their role is to be an accelerator to allow researchers to more easily apply for additional research funding and then seamlessly run their projects. 

This team is strengthened by a diverse group of women including Claire Whelan (International Engagement Manager & Deputy Head of the Research Development Team), Sinéad Gorham (Research Grants Manager), and Monica Lechea (Research Development Officer) who facilitate researchers pre-award. 

Photo: (L – R) Valerie De Moor, Monica Lechea, Aoife Brady, Sinéad Gorham, Eva Power, Anne English

Post-award, researchers are supported by a remarkable group of women including Agnieszka Kapuścińsk (Project Officer), Anne English (Research Project Officer), Aoife Brady (EU Research Project Manager), Claire English (Research Fellow), Eva Power (Project Officer), Jane Dunne (Senior EU Research Projects Coordinator), Jelena Radakovic (Research Development Officer), Sharon Farrell (Project Manager) and Valerie De Moor (Project Manager). Within this team, a strong sense of solidarity and mutual respect drives their collaborative pursuit of excellence. They thrive on working together, utilising their diverse strengths to overcome challenges and accomplish the shared objectives of their team. John Judge operates as Head of Research Development.

International Engagement Manager & Deputy Head of the Research Development Team, Claire Whelan, said:

“I consider myself incredibly fortunate and honoured to be a part of leading this dynamic and motivating team. Fundamentally, our group is built on mutual respect, trust, and a common goal of supporting one another’s personal and professional achievement while also contributing to ADAPT’s successes.”

Learn more about ADAPT’s Research Programme here: https://www.adaptcentre.ie/research/