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Thursday, 24 October 2019

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Departmental Funding

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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151. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the funding provided to the health innovation hub in each year since 2012. [43913/19]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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A pilot project was established in 2012, based in University College Cork, as a precursor to the establishment of a National Health Innovation Hub in order to test the Hub model.

An independent evaluation of the pilot was carried out in Q2 2014 and concluded that the Health Innovation Hub has the potential to be a vital component of national innovation infrastructure and its value has been recognised by the relevant stakeholders in the healthcare sector.  On the basis of this positive evaluation, Government agreed in July 2014 to establish the Hub at a national level with direct financial support from Enterprise Ireland and in-kind support from the HSE including assigned staff.

The National Health Innovation Hub (Health Innovation Hub Ireland), a joint initiative of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Health, was launched in 2016.

Direct payments by Enterprise Ireland to the Health Innovation Hub in each year 2013-2018 are as follows: 

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
€87,091 €183,858 €201,581 €500,803 €688,029 €426,343

No payment was made in 2012.


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