€46m boost as Limerick research centre is launched

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Lero, which is based at the Tierney building at UL, is to receive �46m in funding
A MULTI-million euro investment in a UL-based software research centre was officially launched by the Minister for Education and Skills this Monday.

A MULTI-million euro investment in a UL-based software research centre was officially launched by the Minister for Education and Skills this Monday.

The €46m investment by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in the Lero centre will see 90 PhD and 46 post-doctoral research positions created over the next six years.

The expansion will see software researchers from UCC and Maynooth incorporated into the new operation, with the result that every Irish university and Dundalk IT are now represented in Lero.

“The collaboration of the best academic brains from all the country’s universities is unique in Ireland and rare worldwide,” commented Minister Jan O’Sullivan. “This new investment in Lero is an important part of the national infrastructure that will help to attract and retain the world’s leading technology companies in Ireland as well as providing access to a world class software research centre for over 1,000 indigenous tech firms.”

The fresh investment will see Lero expand its field of research from pure software engineering to include other such as cyber security, cloud computing, medical devices and smart cities.

€32.6m of the investment is being funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) with support from EU Structural Funds. Industry is backing the initiative with total contributions worth €13.8m.

Dr Mary Shire, vice president at the University of Limerick, has welcomed the investment in the Lero centre. “Lero is a critical part of the research ecosystem at UL and its close links with industry align well with our strategic focus on delivering excellent research with impact.”