€1.5m funds for researchers in areas of medical devices, drug delivery and acquaculture
30 June 2015
Funding of €1.5 million to support 20 new industry-academia research projects through SFI’s Industry Fellowship Programme has been announce by the government. The programme places academic researchers in companies and industry researchers in Irish Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) to conduct research and to stimulate knowledge transfer between academia and industry.
The programme is delivered by the Department of Jobs through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI). Announcing the funding, Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English said: “Fostering strategic collaboration between companies and academic researchers is a key element of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs and the SFI Industry Fellowship programme is a key initiative in this regard.
“Leveraging the combination of cutting-edge research talent and leading industry expertise has the potential to deliver significant economic benefit through the commercialisation of research, new investment opportunities for industry and growth in STEM sector jobs. This type of collaboration is also an important contributor to Ireland’s credentials as a global research leader.”
The 20 projects announced involve both major multinational and small Irish companies in areas such as medicine and pharmaceuticals, materials science, data management, agriculture and aquaculture. Companies participating include AbbVie, Cellix Ltd, Genentech, Intel Ireland Ltd, Marine Harvest, Merck Millipore, Perkin Elmer, Pilot Photonics Ltd, Second Genome, Sigmoid Pharma and Tullow Oil.
Professor Mark Ferguson, director general of SFI and chief scientific adviser to the government, said: “Most of the researchers funded by SFI programmes in the HEIs in Ireland progress to careers in the private sector. The SFI Industry Fellowship Programme offers them the possibility to conduct research in a company for a year to experience the commercial research environment.
“The company benefits by having highly trained researchers address research problems of importance and relevance to them, and by building links to relevant research groups in Irish HEIs. The SFI Industry Fellowship programme is of value to all companies: both large and small, and is key for strengthening the research eco-system and encouraging the movement of talented people between academia and industry. I am delighted that we have funded 20 SFI industry Fellowships across diverse companies and encourage more applications to the current call.”
Examples of projects supported:
- Dr Dorota Wencel from Dublin City University will partnerwith BlueBridge Technologies Ltd on the development of a critical care monitor for vulnerable patients;
- Dr Eugene Mahon from University College Dublin will partner with Sigmoid Pharma to advance state-of-the-art oral drug delivery;
- Dr Nicola Piana Agostinetti from the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies will partner with Tullow Oil on shallow crustal exploration using passive seismics to bridge the gap between academic research and industrial-scale applications;
- Dr Philip McGinity from University College Dublin will partner with Marine Harvest on a project focused on Salmon aquaculture and the environment.
SFI is now accepting applications from researchers in Irish HEIs to partner with companies in Ireland and abroad under the 2015 SFI Industry Fellowship Programme. The purpose of the Industry Fellowship programme is to facilitate the bi-directional movement of academic and industry researchers. Fellowships can be awarded to academic researchers wishing to spend time in industry worldwide and to individuals from industry anywhere in the world (including Ireland) wishing to spend time in an eligible Irish Research Body.
Fellowships of up to €120,000 – either full-time or part-time – are available. Industry Fellowship academic applicants can be at any level from Postdoctoral Researchers up to Professor. Industry applicants may be either based in Ireland or abroad. More information is available at www.sfi.iehttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/2015/06/30/1-5m-funds-areas-medical-devices-drug-delivery-acquaculture/http://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/SFI-21.jpghttp://www.engineersjournal.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/SFI-21-300x300.jpgNewsfunding,medical devices,SFI,STEM