This site uses a number of third party cookies. By continuing to use this site you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy


Dr John Donovan

Head of Research


Phone: +353 1 220 5057

Mobile: +353 1 87 974 3137


Research Interests

John was awarded his PhD in molecular genetics from the National University of Ireland after which he worked as a apostdoc at the Institute of Biochemistry in the University of Frankfurt for 3 years before moving to the University of Leeds. Returning to Ireland in 1992, he took up a position as Senior Scientist with St. Luke’s Institute of Cancer Research. In 1994 he moved to a position as Executive Secretary of the Irish Research Scientists’ Association and was responsible for many of the briefing and policy documents prepared by the Association that ultimately led to the establishment of Science Foundation Ireland and The Programme for Research in Third level Institutions with a combined budget of some €13bn. John is an invited PhD examiner in Universities across Europe.

Additional Information

As DIT's Head of Research Dr Donovan is responsible for the European Research Support Office and Research Support Unit which help researchers apply for and manage funding under national, European and International funding schemes. He represents DIT on a number of national and international policy groups including the national Open Science Committee, the Higher Education research group and the National High-Level H2020 Group. John is also Chairman of the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA). He served on the board of EARMA for 2 years and is now in his second term as EARMA Chairman. His current interest is what makes research sustainable in new, small universities. John has also been a radio journalist, and co-produced and presented, what was until recently, Ireland’s longest running science radio show and The Millennium Thomas Davis Lecture Series with Irish public radio broadcaster, RTÉ.