Posted on 04 February 2016.
NUI Galway has begun an international three-year recruitment campaign to recruit 15 of the brightest emerging research stars, to support the delivery of an ambitious strategy to become a top-200 research-led university by 2020.
In order to actually attract what NUI Galway considers ‘leading’ researchers, recruitment will specifically look at those with internationally recognised, measurable research output and impact in their careers to date, as Dr Jim Browne, president of the university said :
“At NUI Galway, our ambition is to produce research that is globally recognised as excellent, transformative, and relevant to societal and economic needs.”
The priority research areas include: Biomedical Science and Engineering; Marine, Energy and Environmental Science; Data Analytics and Informatics; Physical and Computational Sciences; Drama and theatre studies; Applied public policy and social sciences; Digital humanities.
Positions will be appointed in stages throughout 2016, 2017 and 2018. The first of the positions will be a senior lecturer in medical electronics, supported by engineering company Techrete.
Currently home to two national SFI Research Centres, in Medical Device Technologies and Data Analytics, NUI Galway is also in the top two best performing Irish universities in the European Horizon 2020 research funding programme.
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Posted on 02 February 2016.
A pioneering partnership between private sector companies and the health service to develop groundbreaking Irish healthcare products and research and use them to benefit of Irish patients has been set up by the Government.
The initiative, which builds on a pilot project set up in UCC in 2012, is funded by Enterprise Ireland and will use staff seconded from the HSE.
Innovative Irish healthcare companies will be able to access the health service easily for the first time to test their products and services.
Meanwhile, the health service will have easy access to innovative companies providing solutions to the challenges it faces, making it cheaper and easier to deliver better healthcare to more patients.
The pilot has already supported 23 projects involving 27 companies including an online tool for GPs to monitor the physical activity of patients, scheduling services to improve patient flow, and infection control and hygiene management systems.
Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton said :
“The commitment by Government to a facility such as the Health Innovation Hub also sends out a very strong message to international companies considering investing in Ireland that we are committed to developing even stronger links between the health and enterprise sectors and the high level R&D driving each sector.”
A consortium led by University College Cork, with partners including Cork Institute of Technology, Trinity College Dublin and the National University of Ireland Galway, was appointed following a competitive process at the hub.
A director is to be appointed shortly to guide the project through the next five years.
Posted in Healthcare, Innovation, Medical Research, News, R&D Investment, R&D News
Posted on 01 February 2016.
FirstData, a global payment technology solutions company, has announced that intends to establish a research and development center in Ireland. The new R&D center in Nenagh will be the company’s first Irish location outside of Dublin.
It will be located in Nenagh, Co Tipperary at an existing 32,000-square foot facility at Stereame Business Park that requires renovation, and is being supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
The facility will employ up to 300 highly-skilled employees and centralise work on a number of the firm’s technology platforms. Roles in the areas of application/software development, application analysis, business analysis, technical project management, systems consulting, and enterprise architecture are expected to be desired at the new facility.
Tom Higgins, First Data’s Chief Administrative Officer, said :
“We are looking forward to expanding our presence in Ireland with this new facility in Nenagh, County Tipperary that will house some of our most advanced research work in payments technology.”
Hiring for these roles will commence later this year ahead of the facility’s opening, expected in 2017.
Posted in Innovation, Laboratory Equipment News, News, R&D Investment, R&D News
Posted on 01 February 2016.
The Instruments Division of Stryker Corporation officially opened its new Surgical Innovation Centre in Cork.
The centre, which features unique design and collaboration workspaces, state-of-the-art prototyping and test facilities, and a simulated operating room, is the first of its kind in Ireland. It will focus on the development of new technologies and products to improve patient safety and outcomes during surgery, and increase operating room efficiency across multiple surgical specialties including neuro, spine, ENT and orthopaedic surgery.
Constructed around human-centred design principles, employee wellbeing and a highly efficient and sustainable building design, the new premisses will allow research and development teams and surgeons to collaborate globally in the development and evaluation of new surgical approaches, product concepts and complete procedural solutions in a simulated surgical environment.
Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland (Industrial Development Agency) commented the news :
“It’s great to see this project come to fruition. It will position the company for next generation research and development, enhancing its reputation and status as a world leader in medical technology innovation. It also further consolidates the company’s strong presence in Ireland and significantly boosts Ireland’s reputation as an excellent location for medical technology companies.”
Stryker’s R&D infrastructure in Ireland is underpinned by strong partnerships which the company has developed over many years with its Irish university research partners and medical schools.
Posted in Healthcare, Innovation, Medical Research, News, R&D Investment, R&D News
Posted on 21 January 2016.
The Minister for Research, Innovation and Skills, Damien English, TD today announced details of a €2.8 million national investment in 42 initiatives aimed at engaging the Irish public in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover funding awards.
This investment further supports our national aim to have the most scientifically engaged public; breaking down barriers and creating more accessible paths to skill acquisition and ultimately fulfilling careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. Geographically dispersed, it is estimated that these STEM projects will touch 3.6 million people in Ireland by the end of 2017.
Announcing the funding at an event at Farmleigh House in Dublin on Thursday, Damien English explained:
“From a very low base, Ireland has today become home to nine of the top ten global ICT companies, nine of the top ten global pharmaceutical companies, 17 of the top 25 global medical devices companies, and more than half of the world’s leading financial services institutions. Ireland is now in the Global Top 20 for the quality of our scientific research, and is ranked first in the world for its research in nanoscience, second in computer science and in immunology, third in animal and dairy science, and fifth in materials science. It is vital that we continue to foster further innovation and STEM industries by encouraging the general public, and in particular our young people, to have an understanding and appreciation of the role of STEM in our society.”
These projects complement current Science Foundation Ireland ones such as Science Week, Smart Futures and work carried out by the 12 Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres nationwide to engage and inspire the public in STEM.
Posted in News, R&D Investment, R&D News
Posted on 14 January 2016.
As part of the CONNECT national research centre for telecommunications, Maynooth University is to be the site of a new national radio test facility with aims of developing devices for 5G connectivity and the internet of things (IoT).
The opening of the Maynooth University centre is included among the 21 research projects funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), with €538,000 being made available to help build the facility.
It is envisioned that the centre – to be called RadioSpace – will cost in the region of €750,000 to construct and, once completed, the facility will provide a large-scale, interference-free facility that will allow scientists and engineers from industry and universities to develop new 5G communications technology.
Vice-president for research at Maynooth University, Prof Bernard Mahon, said of the successful funding:
“This is a real boost for Kildare and the Leinster region. Until now, telecommunications and IoT companies have had to travel to Britain or Europe to use this sort of facility. By building RadioSpace in Maynooth, we will support established and emerging companies to test devices in Ireland.”
Posted in Innovation, IT Research, News, R&D Investment, R&D News, University Investment
Posted on 13 January 2016.
The Government has announced this morning a €50m expansion of the ADAPT Research Centre for Digital Content Technology at Trinity College, Dublin, in a move that could make Ireland a world leader in the next generation of digital content creation.
The ADAPT centre is to receive just under half of its funding from the Department of Jobs through Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), with the balance of €26m coming from 19 industry partners.
ADAPT will focus on developing next-generation digital content technologies that aim to enhance people’s lives by helping to analyse, personalise and deliver digital content more effectively for businesses and individuals.
The centre will see 200 highly skilled postgraduate students trained over the next six years, and those behind it predicts the investment will lead to the setting up of spin-out companies which themselves will create 300 highly skilled jobs.
The new centre is to be led from Trinity College Dublin with researchers from Dublin City University, University College Dublin and DIT also involved.
The director of ADAPT and professor of Computer Science at Trinity College Dublin, Vincent Wade, reminded about the work carried out in the centre :
“ADAPT is a unique research centre focused on the entire value chain of content – from dynamically extracting the meaning from global content streams and translating across language barriers, to personalising the content delivery and facilitating advanced user interaction. Using its world leading expertise, ADAPT is researching new ways for enterprises and individuals to rapidly gain advantage in the competitive global digital marketplace.”
ADAPT is the latest of 12 world class research centres being established here by SFI to launch, and already works with industry partners from large multinationals such as Intel, PayPal, and Huawei, to SMEs such as Air Learning, Iconic and Xanadu, and plans to work with other industry partners to diversify and strengthen its research.
Posted in Innovation, News, R&D Investment, R&D News, University Investment
Posted on 13 January 2016.
The Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton, TD together with the Minister for Research, Innovation and Skills, Damien English, TD yesterday announced details of a €28 million investment in research equipment and facilities through Science Foundation Ireland.
A total of 21 exemplary research projects will be supported in sectors including applied geo-sciences, pharmaceutical manufacturing, bio-banking, marine renewable energy, internet of things, astronomy, big data and additive manufacturing using nano-materials.
This infrastructure funding was awarded competitively to research groups who need facilities and equipment to address major research opportunities and challenges.
These including partnerships with industry and /or international funders. This new infrastructure will ensure that Irish researchers continue to be internationally competitive, with access to modern equipment and facilities which will enable them to be successful in securing future funding from leading companies and Europe, including Horizon 2020.
Speaking at the announcement in Birr, Co Offaly, Minister Bruton said:
“(…) We have now put in place individual jobs plans for 7 out of the 8 regions in the country, and what has repeatedly become clear is that research and innovation must be accelerated right across the country if we are to deliver the jobs growth we need. Today’s announcement by Science Foundation Ireland is an important part of this. By investing in world-class R&D infrastructure, both at a regional and national level, this will ensure that we can compete at the highest levels internationally and continue to turn more good ideas into good jobs.”
Commenting on the news as well, Minister English added :
“Today’s investment will advance the implementation of the government’s new science strategy – Innovation 2020. The 21 projects will enable globally compelling research to be undertaken across the country; facilitating greater industry and international collaboration; supporting the training of researchers and demonstrating to an international audience that Ireland on an all island basis, is business friendly and bullish in its pursuit of, and participation in, excellent research.”
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Posted on 07 January 2016.
Enterprise Ireland has signed a deal with European Space Agency to develop a Space Business Incubation Centre in Ireland. The signing took place during the Enterprise Ireland Trade and Investment Mission to Netherlands and Germany led by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, but the exact timeframe for the new premisses has yet to be confirmed.
Aiming to attract, and further, 25 start-ups in Ireland over the next five years, the new Space Business Incubation Centre in Ireland (ESA BIC Ireland) comes at a time of great excitement for the industry.
There are more than 45 Irish companies working with ESA already, growing by around five a year, with Irish investment in the agency already providing dividends. According to Enterprise Ireland, this resulted in the generation of €76m last year, with 600 jobs supported by the industry in Ireland.
Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, feels this can “foster increased innovation” across the research realm, with areas like advanced materials, micro-electronics and avionics set to prosper :
“Ireland already has a proud record of building up a cluster of space technology companies”, said Enda Kenny, who hopes this new space incubator will take advantage of state investment, Irish R&D and, ultimately, ESA expertise.
Posted in Innovation, News, R&D Investment, R&D News
Posted on 06 January 2016.
One of the country’s biggest universities is planning to extend its technology facilities, adding around 30,000 square metres of teaching and research buildings.
Trinity College Dublin has published a tender document seeking construction consultants to manage and design the proposed development.
Its current Technology and Enterprise Campus, which is mainly used as an incubator for companies spun out of university research, is located off-site on Dublin’s Pearse Street. It is not yet clear where the new buildings will be based. Besides, funding is not believed to be in place:
“The requirements for the research and teaching demand of these groups is currently being assessed, but may be in the region of 30,000 square metres of teaching, research, new or refurbished buildings in one or more locations, with units from on and off the main city centre campus coming together or moving in their entirety”, a tender document said, who also added :
“In the coming months, the college intends to continue the briefing process with members of the research community and conclude analyses of teaching and other space with expert consultants. The buildings required may be released in a number of lots, with initial buildings of relatively small scale.”
With major employers increasingly complaining of skills shortages, educators around the world are ploughing resources into new teaching and research facilities.
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