Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
Third Level Funding
332. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the breakdown of the €17 million allocation in 2019 for cycle 5 of the programme for research in third level institutions; the date in 2019 it will be completed; if it will be impacted by the cost overrun with the national children's hospital; if she has been consulted by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in this regard; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6788/19]
The Programme for Research in Third-Level Institutions (PRTLI) was launched in 1998, with five cycles of expenditure to date. In addition to supporting the provision of top-class research infrastructure (buildings, laboratories and cutting-edge equipment), PRTLI saw significant investment in human capital development, through Structured PhD/Emergent Technology programmes across the Higher Education Institutes (HEIs).
In REV 2019 my Department has allocated €1.878m towards paying off remaining PRTLI cycle 5 commitments.
The scoping of a future cycle of PRTLI, as tasked in Innovation 2020, has been undertaken by my Department, working with the Department of Education and Skills (DES). Pending a Government decision on the timing and scale of a future cycle of PRTLI, it is important to note that actions are already being taken by my Department, DES and other research funders to fund infrastructure and human capital in research. Funding in REV 2019 for Centres for Research Training helps to address the human capital component of PRTLI.
€15.5 million has been allocated under subhead B.5 towards the new Centres for Research Training (CRTs) initiative. The programme will see Higher Education Institutions collaborating to provide training for 600 PhD and Research Masters students in key identified areas of future skills around digital, data and ICT.
I understand that the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform will clarify following today’s Cabinet meeting how cost pressures relating to the National Children’s Hospital will be addressed.