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SFI director announces €7m US-Ireland research partnership

All-island researchers to collaborate with US peers

15 March 2024

A combined investment exceeding €7 million has been announced through the US-Ireland programme – a tripartite research and development (R&D) partnership between the United States of America (USA), Republic of Ireland (RoI) and Northern Ireland (NI). 

Under the Programme, six awards have been announced spanning 11 institutions which will support more than 11 research positions in RoI, 10 research positions in NI, and over 20 positions in the US. The funded projects, covering three to four years, include research in the areas of sustainable collection and management of water, photonic integrated circuits, wearable sensors to monitor health, telecommunications, and microbial activity.

Launched in 2006, the US-Ireland Research & Development Partnership aims to increase the level of collaborative R&D amongst researchers and industry professionals across the three jurisdictions. The programme involves multiple funding partners across the three jurisdictions, working collaboratively to support excellent, impactful research. The funding agencies involved in today’s announcement are Science Foundation Ireland (SFI); the National Science Foundation in the US, and the Dept for the Economy in NI.




Since the US-Ireland programme started, agencies have committed €148.4 million of government funding across a total of 92 awards.

Prof. Philip Nolan, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland, said: “The US-Ireland R&D Partnership Programme continues to support and encourage strong, collaborative relationships between our countries. These are world-class, innovative research projects that will greatly benefit our collective societies and economies.”

“With increased global competition in STEM research and talent across every field, it is more important than ever that the US collaborate with countries that share our values and vision for science, engineering, and technology for a more equitable and prosperous world,” said NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan.

The US-Ireland R&D Partnership programme plays an important role in generating, at speed and scale, valuable discoveries and innovations that will lead to advancements in health, climate resilience and telecommunications to improve our world.”

The 11 collaborating institutions are Tyndall National institute, University of Limerick, and University College Dublin in the Republic of Ireland; Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University in Northern Ireland; and North Carolina State University, Ohio State University, University of California Irvine, Virginia Tech, University of Utah, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the US.

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