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Five new research centres on the way following €245m investment

The centres will be located at Trinity College Dublin, UCD, NUI Galway and UL.

Professor Abhay Pandit of Curam, NUIG with his Aerogen nebulizer who will benefit from the new funds.
Professor Abhay Pandit of Curam, NUIG with his Aerogen nebulizer who will benefit from the new funds.
Image: Jason Clarke Photography

FIVE NEW RESEARCH centres are to be created with Science Foundation Ireland funds of almost €250 million.

The centres will be located at Trinity College Dublin, UCD, NUI Galway and University of Limerick, however, 14 colleges around the country are partner institutions and will have involvement in the programme.

Funding 

The funding will support cutting-edge research in critical and emerging sectors of the economy which are key for job creation in Ireland, says the Government. The funding will be provided over the next six years.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD, said the five new, large-scale, world-class research centres are aimed at achieving a step-change in the reputation and performance of Ireland’s research system.

This builds on the announcement of seven similar centres last year. With twelve world-class SFI Research Centres, Ireland is now well placed to take the lead developing cutting-edge research and new technologies, ultimately delivering more commercial ideas and jobs.

The Department of Jobs through SFI will invest €155 million in the initiative, while industry partners are contributing €90 million.

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It is believed that the funds will directly support over 700 researcher positions.

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