Ireland secures over €600 million in research funding under Horizon 2020

November 16, 2018 0

The European Commission Director General of the Directorate for Research and Innovation Jean-Eric Paquet, engaged extensively with the Irish research, development and innovation community during his visit to Dublin today the 16th of November. Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation said, “I am delighted that the Director General for Research and Innovation met with so many of our key stakeholders in the Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) community in Ireland today. Ireland has a world-class reputation for excellence in research and ranks 10th in the world and 9th in Europe for Innovation. Director General Paquet has had the opportunity today to witness first-hand the commitment to excellence and the drive to innovate of this community. I look forward to continuing to work closely with the European Commission as we look towards the next Framework Programme, Horizon Europe.”

horizon_2020John Halligan, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development said: “I welcome the visit by Director General Paquet. Irish researchers continue to perform very strongly in the current €75 billion EU Framework Programme, Horizon 2020. Ireland has already secured over €630 million in research and innovation funding, surpassing the total amount received during the previous Framework Programme (c. €625m) and I am particularly pleased that over €100 million of this has been secured by Irish SMEs, primarily under the SME Instrument and Fast Track to Innovation. We remain on course to achieve our ambitious target of receiving €1.25 billion in funding by the conclusion of Horizon 2020.”

DG Paquet held a number of meetings with representatives from research funding Government Departments and agencies, the research community, industry bodies and a number of companies that have secured Horizon 2020 funding.

Discussions with Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland, senior officials from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, IDA Ireland and other key research funding and performing government departments and agencies focused on a range of key policy issues: delivery of the whole of Government strategy for RDI in Ireland- Innovation 2020; Ireland’s continued success in securing research funding from Horizon 2020; the Government’s new €500 million Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund and the next EU Framework Programme, Horizon Europe.

DG Paquet commented: “I am grateful for this opportunity to engage with such a wide array of stakeholders from Ireland’s research, development and innovation community and to witness the commitment of the entire community to research excellence and driving innovation for a sustainable future.”

The continued success of Irish companies and innovators in Horizon 2020 is a testament to the dedication of both the entrepreneurs and enterprise support agencies in ensuring that Irish business builds not only for the present but also the future, and highlights the vital role that the European Union plays in building world-class research and innovation for all European citizens.

During his visit, DG Paquet met with delegations from two world-leading research centres who have been successful in drawing down Horizon 2020 funding, Tyndall National Institute and the Trinity College- based SFI Research Centre, AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research). Researchers from both centres were recipients of SFI Awards at the Science Summit earlier this week.

DG Paquet also addressed the League of European Research Universities Rector’s Assembly at Trinity College on the new EU framework program for research & innovation 2021-2027, Horizon Europe.

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