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SFI Industry Fellowship Programme secures €480k for research projects

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14 November 2014

Over €480,000 in funding has been secured for seven new industry-academia partnerships through the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Industry Fellowship Programme.

The programme is funded by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through SFI and builds on €1.7 million awarded to 20 industry–academia partnerships earlier this year, bringing the total commitment to almost €2.2 million.

The SFI Industry Fellowship Programme provides researchers from academic institutions with the opportunity to gain important first-hand experience in a commercial research environment, while also providing industry with access to highly specialised trained researchers from academic institutions. The companies participating in the programme are Bell Labs Alcatel-Lucent Ireland, Medtronic, DiaSorin, Idiro Technologies, M-Solv, Transpharmation and ADA-Security.

The seven projects supported by funding announced today include: an analysis of large data sets to predict and understand human behaviour; new testing techniques to enable the early detection of prostate cancer; and research to help develop manufacturing solutions for thin flexible glass, helping to create gadgets of the future.

Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General of SFI and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland, added: “The SFI Industry Fellowship Programme offers a unique opportunity for participating researchers and companies to exchange people and insights and ultimately deliver results that far outstrip what each party would deliver by working separately.  This sits at the heart of SFI’s overarching strategy – Agenda 2020 – which aims to power an innovative and enterprising economy by funding research with impact.”

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