UL secures €5.3m in funding for research projects

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

More than €5m in funding has been allocated by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) for research projects which are being conducted at the University of Limerick.

More than €5m in funding has been allocated by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) for research projects which are being conducted at the University of Limerick.

The infrastructural funding was awarded to research groups where projects demonstrated partnerships and collaborations, links with industry, relevance to Ireland’s prioritised research areas and sustainable planning.

A total of €5.3m has been awarded to projects at UL in which researchers are working closely with Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, Advanced Materials and Food companies.

The money granted to research projects at the University of Limerick represents more than 17% of the €30m which was allocated by SFI to projects being undertaken at colleges and universities across the country.

Dr Mary Shire, vice president of research at UL, says the investment will enable these research industry relevant projects to proceed and develop practical applications and solutions for industry as well as advance the state of the art in science and engineering.

“This current round of awards by SFI will improve the research capacity of the Irish third level sector and will support companies through the provision of appropriately skilled graduates, through the development and commercialisation of novel technologies and through knowledge exchange. UL is pleased to be part of this exciting research endeavour as it fully aligns with ULs ethos of research with impact” she said.

Funding granted by SFI to the University of Limerick also supports projects in the areas of advanced materials, medical devices and food building on previous investments made by government through Enterprise Ireland and the Department of Agriculture.