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Over €12 Million in Joint Research Funding With Chinese Science Foundation Announced

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Over €12 Million in Joint Research Funding With Chinese Science Foundation Announced

Over €12 Million in Joint Research Funding With Chinese Science Foundation Announced
July 02
09:27 2018

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Brexit, Simon Coveney, TD and Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen, TD, have announced the details of eight new research collaborations supported through the partnership between Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC). The projects, which will run over the next two years will support over 30 researchers in areas of strategic importance to the People’s Republic of China and Ireland.

The announcement, which was made on the occasion of the recent Export Trade Council meeting at Iveagh House in Dublin, is a direct result of a joint investment made by the Irish government through Science Foundation Ireland to the value of €8.6 millio and ¥31,920,000 (ca. €4,273,000) from the National Natural Science Foundation of China.

Speaking at Iveagh House, Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, said: “Over the last decade Ireland’s engagement with China has grown from strength to strength, with China now ranking as Ireland’s largest trading partner in Asia. Collaboration and partnership in RD&I is vital for expanding this relationship. China’s emphasis on high technology systems, particularly in green-tech, is extremely complementary to Ireland’s research prioritisation and reflected in some of the outstanding projects being launched here.”

Minister Pat Breen added: “Ireland is second in the World – in global scientific rankings by citation – for Nanotechnology. We also have the best wind and wave resources in Europe for renewable energy research. The projects being launched today play to these strengths and build on Ireland’s strong international reputation as an open and engaging country for research and development. We welcome the ongoing collaboration with the NSFC through the SFI-NSFC Partnership Programme and hope to broaden and strengthen this successful bilateral initiative.”

The eight projects receiving funding were subject to rigorous review with approximately 250 international expert reviewers assisting in the peer-review process. The chosen projects feature research into the areas of wireless and optical communications, artificial intelligence, micro- and nano-electronics, climate change, green energy, and nano-materials for biomedical applications. Four academic institutions in Ireland will collaborate with six institutions across the People’s Republic of China to carry out this work.

President of the NSFC, President Prof. Li Jinghai, noted that:“The NSFC-SFI Partnership Programme supports excellent collaborative scientific research that has potential economic and societal impact. The programme builds capacity, expertise and mutually beneficial relationships between Ireland-based and China-based researchers, and will contribute to global science and to the economic development in both countries. This is a wonderful beginning for our partnership, and I look forward to further cooperation between our two foundations.”

Congratulating the awardees, Dr Ciarán Seoighe, Deputy Director General of Science Foundation Ireland, said: “Science Foundation Ireland has been building research links between Ireland and the People’s Republic of China for the last number of years and the launch of these partnerships is a testament to the strong collaborative relationship between our two nations. Combining the expertise and resources of both research communities has proven very successful in attracting innovative and impactful project submissions.”

Outline of research and awardees:

Prof Anding Zhu – UCD / Southeast University
ADAPMW: High-Efficiency Adaptive Millimetre Wave Transceivers for High-Speed Wireless Communications with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Prof Kenneth A. Dawson – UCD / National Center for Nanoscience and Technology of China
Precision Engineering of Nanostructure Surface Architecture for Biological and Biomedical Applications

Prof John Donegan – TCD / Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Chip-scale Optical Frequency Synthesizer

Prof Brian Ó Gallachóir – UCC / Tsinghua University
Multi-model innovations in Integrated Assessment Modelling of Global, Chinese, and Irish energy-economy-environment-climate systems investigating deep decarbonisation pathways from the Paris Agreement to the United Nations sustainable development goals

Prof Luiz DaSilva – TCD / Tsinghua University
Smart Networking in the Era of Artificial Intelligence

Prof Niall English – UCD / Beijing Normal University
Molecular-simulation-led studies of photoelectrochemical water-splitting: the mechanistic role of doping and surface defects in promoting the efficiency of cost-effective light-absorbing metal oxides

Dr Michael Nolan – TNI / Fudan University
Process development and mechanistic investigation of barrier materials for advanced interconnect technology

Dr Plamen Stamenov – TCD / Huazhong University of Science and Technology
Analysis Under Strong Magnetic fields of Advanced Spintronic and Functional Magnetic Materials for Autonomous Low-Power Communications

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