Wednesday 7 December 2016

Almost €40m announced in State funding for research

Published 04/08/2016 | 02:30

Researchers Rachel McLoughlin, Trinity College Dublin; Eoin Casey, UCD; and Ivana Savic, Tyndall, at yesterday's funding announcement. Photo: Jason Clarke
Researchers Rachel McLoughlin, Trinity College Dublin; Eoin Casey, UCD; and Ivana Savic, Tyndall, at yesterday's funding announcement. Photo: Jason Clarke

Almost €40m has been announced in State funding for 24 major research projects across the country.

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The funding will be allocated through Science Foundation Ireland's Investigators Programme through a stream provided by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. Grants range from €500,000 to €2.7m over four to five-year periods. The funding will support around 200 researchers.

Innovation minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor said the funding provides and important platform for researchers.

"Engaging with 39 companies, the programme offers researchers the opportunity to develop their careers, as well as providing industry collaborators with access to the wealth of outstanding expertise and infrastructure found throughout the island," the minister said.

Co-funding for seven of the projects is being provided by the Department for the Economy, Northern Ireland, the Geological Survey of Ireland, the Marine Institute, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Minister Mitchell O'Connor said the funding will lead to further success in leveraging EU resources and increasing international collaboration.

"The projects within this programme clearly demonstrate excellent and impactful research which is a key goal of the Government's science and innovation strategy - Innovation 2020," the minister said.

Science Foundation Ireland's director general, Professor Mark Ferguson, said he has high expectations for the projects. "All have undergone rigorous peer review by international experts and we have funded only those projects deemed to be at the pinnacle of scientific excellence," Prof Ferguson said.

The 24 projects are spread out across the health & medical sector, food & marine, energy & environment, manufacturing & materials, and ICT & communications. The initiatives are being supported through eight research bodies including Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin.

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