Taoiseach launches four new world-class Science Foundation Ireland research centres
07 September 2017
An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D., together with the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., and the Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan, T.D., today announced four new world-class Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres. The new SFI Research Centres represent an investment of €74 million from the Government over the next six years, with a further investment of €40 million from industry. The investment will support cutting-edge basic and applied research with strong industry engagement, driving economic benefits and positive societal impact.
Speaking at the launch of the four new SFI Research Centres, An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, said: “Investing in leading-edge scientific and technological research is good for our economy and helps us to discover new innovations which can improve our quality of life. Our SFI Research Centres represent a virtuous triangle between government, industry and higher education, and show just what can be achieved when there is a shared vision about reaching your ambitions.
These four new SFI Research Centres will be centres of activity where Irish and international researchers are trained and collaboration with private companies is facilitated to deliver new ideas and innovation. This in turn helps to create high-value jobs and drives economic growth and regional development. The SFI Research Centres show the value of investing in today, so we can imagine the world of the future.”
The four SFI Research Centres will engage in over 80 collaborations with industry partners; both indigenous and foreign; large and small. These companies include Abbvie, Action Point, Alltech, Analog Devices, Applied Materials, Ascenix Biotechnologies, Avenue Moulds, Bekaert, BHSL, Bioatlantis Ltd, Castolin Eutectic, Commercial Mushrooms Producers, Croom Precision Medical, DAQRI, Ebeam, Ei Electronics, Element Six, Exergyn, Glanbia, Henkel, HJL Scientific Ltd, IBM, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, KUKA, Medtronic, Modular Automation, Monaghan Mushrooms, Nammo AS, Nucleus VP Energy, Prior PLM Medical, Schivo, Sherkin Technologies, Siemens, SL Controls, SR Technics, Stryker, TEG, Trend Technologies, Truform, United Technologies Research Centre Ireland, Viska Systems, VistaMed, VitaActives and many more.
Welcoming the announcement, An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D., said: “The establishment of these new SFI Research Centres is a key action in the Government’s strategy for research and development, Innovation 2020. Today’s announcement of a co-investment by Government and industry of €114 million will ensure that Ireland is adding important additional capacity through world-class centres of research excellence and scale. I believe these SFI Research Centres will be transformative for Irish scientific research and for companies in many sectors. These centres ensure that Ireland will be well placed to develop solutions to the challenges we face through advanced research and new technologies – delivering jobs, commercial opportunities, and societal benefit.”
Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government of Ireland said: “In 2016, Ireland achieved for the first time a world ranking of 10th for the overall quality of its scientific research, an increase of 26 places in only 13 years. SFI Research Centres are making important scientific advances, enhancing enterprise and industry, training students with critical, in-demand skills, supporting regional development, and enhancing Ireland’s international reputation. Research and innovation matter for our future – they make the difference in enhancing productivity and boosting competitiveness and to tackling the societal challenges of our time: building a digitally-smart, low carbon, energy efficient, circular economy that offers well-paid, rewarding work and brings a good quality of life for all.”
Professor Ferguson added: “These new SFI Research Centres will continue this upward trajectory by attracting leading Irish and international researchers, winning competitive international funding, and establishing sustained fruitful partnerships with industry. For young researchers, like students undertaking PhDs or those progressing to post-doctoral research, these centres will provide opportunities for them to develop in strategic areas of scientific research, while also providing unparalleled training in entrepreneurship and science communication.”
The four new SFI Research Centres involve strong collaborative partnerships between research bodies in Ireland including Athlone Institute of Technology, Beaumont Hospital, Cork Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, Mater Hospital, Maynooth University, NUI Galway, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Teagasc, Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Trinity College Dublin, Tyndall National Institute (UCC), University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology and Waterford Institute of Technology.
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