Ireland performs strongly in Horizon 2020 as it secures €180m for research
08 December 2015
Minister Damien English
Minister for Skills, Research & Innovation Damien English has announced Ireland’s latest successes in Horizon 2020, the EU Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020) with a budget of approximately €80 billion.
In welcoming the success the minister said: “I would like to congratulate researchers from academia and industry in Ireland who have secured this prestigious funding. Irish researchers are punching above their weight and continue to excel at winning competitive funding against the Europe’s best researchers. This confirms to me that Ireland is well on the way to becoming a global research destination of excellence.
“Since the beginning of the programme more than 440 applicants from Ireland have secured almost €180 million of funding for research and innovation projects. In particular I welcome the strong performance by Irish companies in winning €53 million (of the total funding secured). This level of funding will allow some of our leading SMEs to become world players in areas such as medical devices, road safety and energy.”
Recent highlights include Ireland’s success in leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (€60 million of total) with a portfolio of ICT, nanotechnologies, advanced materials, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and processing projects as well as substantial success in the European Research Council grants and in the health, energy and agrifood societal challenges.
Ireland’s success comes at a time when the EU institutions have just announced agreement on the 2016 budget, boosting investment in competitiveness, jobs and growth. A budget of €10 billion has been allocated to Horizon 2020 (up 11.6 per cent from 2015). This will contribute to increasing competitiveness in the EU through research and innovation.