Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD today announced an investment of €43 million in 26 research projects through the SFI Investigators Programme. The 26 research projects will support 94 research positions over the next five years.
Minister Halligan said, “
Projects that will be supported by the SFI Investigators Programme include research that will:
- Control the electrical properties of materials and their performance in devices
- Elucidate the causes of inflammatory diseases, and develop treatments
- Develop personalised treatment approaches for cancer
- Find ways to spread important information more quickly on social media (e.g., for health or terrorism alerts), and to control undesirable aspects (e.g., spreading of misinformation)
- Develop new types of antibiotics
- Create novel magnetic materials for next generation data processing
- Develop theoretical and computational tools to mitigate risk and optimise business processes in the financial industry
- Generate insect-resistant Brassica crops
- Design, discover and develop a new generation of advanced materials, sorbents, for low-cost, energy-efficient carbon capture and natural gas storage
To strengthen and accelerate research in key strategic areas of national interest, Science Foundation Ireland collaborates with several funding agencies and public bodies through the SFI Investigator Programme. Six of the research projects received co-funding worth a total of €3 million from Teagasc, Geological Survey Ireland (GSI), the Marine Institute (MI), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Along with the 26 research projects that will be funded, the international peer review panel recommended a further 33 scientifically excellent projects for funding. These projects are on a reserve list to be supported if budgets permit later in the year.
, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland added, “The standard of applications for the SFI Investigators Programme was exceptionally high. T