Wednesday, 3 October 2018
Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate
Science Foundation Ireland Grants
I thank Deputy Sherlock for raising this issue. I am aware that he is a former Minister of State with responsibility for research and innovation and that he has an interest in this area. I visited the very fine centre to which he refers.
Science Foundation Ireland research centre funding for the INFANT centre will cease in May. I welcome the indication from University College Cork that the INFANT centre will continue with research work, having built up a diverse range of national and international funding agencies, industrial partners and philanthropic donors.
As for the background to this case, since 2013 Science Foundation Ireland, SFI, has been building a network of research centres that deliver excellent scientific research, with economic and societal impact in areas of strategic importance to Ireland.