Researchers in Ireland were acknowledged for their achievements in the Horizon 2020 programme, equivalent to €2.7m per week in competitively won funding, at the EU Research Forum in Dublin. A success rate that testifies to the world-class research ongoing in Ireland and the robust research infrastructure developed over recent years.
Speaking ahead of the event, Minister John Halligan was very positive regarding the future of Irish research and innovation. The Minister stated, “The breadth of projects nominated for awards today inspires confidence in the continued excellence and dedication to research and innovation in Irish society.”
“I was particularly impressed to note the variety of Universities, Higher Education Institutes, agencies and companies that are competing at the highest levels of European research”, he added, noting the range of participants in the funding programme.
Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland added, “Today’s event celebrates the achievements of collaboration between academic research and industry. Horizon 2020 is an important source of funding for research and innovation and provides a mechanism for researchers and Irish enterprise to network and collaborate with the best researchers and leading companies across Europe.”
Special awards were made to researchers for specific projects they helped to realise and all researchers responsible for coordinating funding awards were recognised in an official brochure from Enterprise Ireland, including 4 researchers from WIT/TSSG who coordinated Horizon 2020 projects (Kieran Sullivan, Dr Steven Davy, Dr Alan Davy, and Robert Mullins).
Horizon 2020 is the EU Framework Programme for research and innovation. It runs over the period 2014-2020 and has a total budget of €75 billion. Ireland’s national target of securing €1.25 billion in EU funding is equivalent to 1.67% of the overall Horizon 2020 budget. To date, Ireland has secured funding of €424 million, representing 1.66% of the total EU budget committed.
Enterprise Ireland leads the national support network for Horizon 2020, working to increase participation by Irish companies and academic institutions in the EU’s main instrument for funding research in Europe. Led by Enterprise Ireland, the national support network for Horizon 2020 has 9 member organisations; the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Enterprise Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Health Research Board, the Irish Research Council, the Irish Universities Association, the Marine Institute, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland.
For more information visit www.horizon2020.ie