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Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Science Foundation Ireland Data

Photo of Billy KelleherBilly Kelleher (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail)
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273. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the location of each SFI research centre; and the amount of funding allocated to each such centre in 2018 and 2019, by county, in tabular form. [2404/19]

Photo of John HalliganJohn Halligan (Waterford, Independent)
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Science Foundation Ireland has an established network of 17 world-leading Research Centres. Representing a commitment of over €455 million from Science Foundation Ireland and an Industry commitment of €244 million, these major funding awards link scientists and engineers in partnerships across 19 research bodies, including all seven universities, and more than 350 companies in Ireland.

In 2018 over €63.2m was allocated to 17 Research Centres by Science Foundation Ireland through each Centre’s host Higher Education Institute.  In 2019 it is anticipated that over €64.4m in funding will be paid, an increase of over €1.2m on 2018. 

As each Research Centre has a number of academic partners, the benefit of this funding is dispersed beyond the geographic location of the host institute. 

Details of individual payments to these Research Centres by County is set out in tabular form and includes payments against the core Research Centre award plus additional supplements and Spoke awards.  This will account for some of the differences between 2018 payments and 2019 profiled payments in the following table. The Spoke Programme is a vehicle to enable the addition of new industrial and academic partners and projects to SFI Research Centres, so allowing their expansion and development in line with new priorities and opportunities. The Programme will ensure that the Research Centre retains its ability to do cutting edge research and its industrial relevance, and so enhance its sustainability. The Spokes programme also provides a vehicle to link together, in a meaningful and relevant way, different Research Centres.

Research CentreHost HEIAll Partner HEIsCounties 2018 Payments €2019 Profiled Payments €
Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research Centre (AMBER)Trinity College DublinTCD, RCSI and UCCDublin, Cork€3,613,336€3,930,364
Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) - Interfacing Food & MedicineUniversity College CorkUCC, CIT and TeagascCork €5,666,446€6,028,613
Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research (INFANT)University College CorkUCC and RCSIDublin, Cork€1,744,402€1,145,154
INSIGHT - Ireland's Big Data and Analytics Research CentreNUI GalwayNUI Galway, UCD, UCC, DCU, TCD, Tyndall, Maynooth University, RIAGalway, Dublin, Cork, Kildare€4,691,783€5,414,252
I-PIC Irish Photonic Integration Research CentreTyndall Tyndall, UCC, CIT and DCUCork, Dublin€1,998,517€2,113,202
Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) - The SFI Centre for Marine Renewable Energy ResearchUniversity College CorkUCC, CIT, UCD, UL, NUI Galway, Maynooth UniversityCork, Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Kildare€4,152,747€2,360,665
Synthesis and Solid State Pharmaceutical Centre (SSPC)University of LimerickUL, UCD, NIBRT, AIT, TCD, UCC, WIT and NUI GalwayLimerick, Dublin, West Meath, Cork, Waterford, Galway€4,298,888€3,110,961
ADAPT: Centre for Digital Content Platform ResearchTrinity College DublinUCD, DCU, TCD, DITDublin €7,134,420€4,337,942
CONNECT: The Centre for Future Networks & CommunicationsTrinity College DublinTCD, CIT, Maynooth University, DIT, Tyndall, UCC, DCU, WIT, UL and UCDDublin, Cork, Kildare, Waterford, Limerick€5,928,206€8,937,488
CÚRAM – Centre for Research in Medical DevicesNUI GalwayNUI Galway, UCC, UCD, Molecular Medicine Ireland, RCSI, UL and TCDGalway, Cork, Dublin, Limerick€5,563,936€4,822,075
Lero - the Irish Software Research CentreUniversity of LimerickUL, DCU, NUI Galway, DKIT, Tralee IT, UCD, TCD, UL, UCC and Maynooth UniversityLimerick, Dublin, Galway, Dundalk, Kerry, Kildare€4,890,702€4,183,476
iCRAG – Irish Centre for Research in Applied GeosciencesUniversity College DublinUCD, TCD, Teagasc, NUI Galway, UCC, Maynooth University and DIASCork, Dublin, Cork, Kildare€4,337,320€3,388,709
Bioeconomy Research Centre (BEACON)University College DublinUCD, TCD, NUI Galway, UL and TeagascDublin, Galway, Limerick€1,581,650€3,493,667
Confirm Centre for Smart ManufacturingUniversity of LimerickUL, UCC, NUI Galway, CIT, Tyndall, AIT, LIT, Maynooth UniversityLimerick, Cork, Galway, West Meath, Kildare€2,295,765€5,985,254
I-Form Advanced Manufacturing Research CentreUniversity College DublinUCD, DCU, NUI Galway, TCD, IT Sligo and WITDublin, Galway, Sligo, Waterford€1,138,277€2,833,820
VistaMilk Centre

(co fund with Dept Agriculture Food and the Marine. DAFM co fund subtracted)
Teagasc, MooreparkTeagasc, DCU, NUI Galway, WIT, Tyndall, UCDDublin, Galway, Waterford, Cork, Dublin€3,279,265€1,594,763
FutureNeuro Royal College of Surgeons in IrelandRCSI, TCD, DCU, NUI Galway and UCDDublin, Galway€911,501€1,810,993


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