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Irish science sector to receive boost

Posted on 4 months ago by Laurentina Kennedy The RFT Group 012302400

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The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, together with the Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan, have announced a new investment by the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) of €47.4m in 36 research infrastructure and facilities projects.

The SFI research infrastructure programme provides research groups with the necessary equipment and facilities for the performance of high quality, impactful, and innovative research.

The programme ensures Irish researchers have the capacity to apply for international funding opportunities including through the Horizon 2020 calls. The programme also allows Higher Education Institutes (HEI) to purchase smaller infrastructure through a value-for-money incentive, including auctions and vendor negotiations.

29 awards were made for research infrastructure with a national priority and a further seven awards were made to research bodies for opportunistic funding.

O’Connor said: “Today’s investment in infrastructure by SFI is an investment in the future of research and development in Ireland. It forms a key part of implementing our science and technology strategy – Innovation 2020.”

She added: “Top quality infrastructure combined with our talented workforce further increases Ireland’s appeal in the global market. Industry partners will directly benefit from the enhanced infrastructure through opportunities such as international partnerships and collaborations facilitated by Science Foundation Ireland researchers in our HEIs.”