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SFI NEWS: SCIENCE FOUNDATION IRELAND WELCOMES FURTHER INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS IN BIDS FOR EU HORIZON 2020 FUNDING

Posted on about 2 years ago by Laurentina Kennedy The RFT Group 012302400

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Science Foundation Ireland welcomes the latest figures released on Horizon 2020 funding. Ireland has participated in 4,557 applications; 647 of these have been successful amounting to over €274 million in funding. This figure, equating to a 14.2% success rate, exceeds the European average of 13.31%.

The breakdown of funding saw over €172 million awarded to Higher Education Institutions and nearly €80 million going to companies, two thirds of which were SMEs. However, funding has also been awarded to programmes integrating academia and industry. The MedTrain project led by the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre CÚRAM received €2.1 million in Marie Skłodowska Curie funding to develop a new industry-academia fellowship. 31 postdoctoral fellowships will be offered over the next four andhalf years in medical device research and development, offering researchers tailor-made training as well as facilitating their engagement with industry through non-academic secondment partnerships.

Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government said that “The number of participating countries and level of excellence in Europe makes Horizon 2020 funding extremely competitive, so I am delighted to see that Ireland is exceeding the average in terms of funding success. It is a testament to the hugely impactful research taking place in this country. Science Foundation Ireland will continue to encourage and support national bids for Horizon 2020 funding through our various programmes and is keen to significantly increase both the level of participation and the scale of ambition; catalysing successful large bids. I am thrilled with our success to date and hope to build upon these achievements in both academia and industry.”

Another successful partnership out of TCD saw three Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres, ADAPT, AMBER and CONNECT bring in TCD’s largest ever Horizon 2020 win. The postdoctoral programme named Edge, was awarded €6 million in Horizon 2020 funding and will employ over 70 outstanding ICT researchers. The project will focus predominantly on advancing research into materials, telecommunications networks and digital content technology.