University of Limerick research centre to share in new €39 million investment

Jess Casey


Jess Casey

SSPC is to begin working with UK universities

SSPC is to begin working with UK universities

A UNIVERSITY of Limerick research centre is among seven centres to share a new €39 million investment, that will see 15 PhD positions created in Ireland.

SSPC, the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) pharmaceutical research centre, based in UL, is one of seven centres awarded funding through a new partnership to support doctoral training. 

“We are delighted to receive funding on this programme,” SSPC director Professor Gavin Walker said. 

“Strengthening academic links across national boundaries and through partnerships such as these means we can tap into further expertise, and tackle priority areas through excellent and transformative research.”

The funding will now see the SSPC work with two leading schools of pharmacy in the UK: the University of Nottingham and University College London. 

The three groups will work together as a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Transformative Pharmaceutical Technologies. 

The CDT, which will be led by Dr Snjezana Stolnik-Trenkic at the University of Nottingham, will help 75 doctoral scientists to drive innovation in the sector, by designing and developing new medicines.

The project will also see 15 new PhD positions created here, with the first expected to begin later this year. 

Funding for the UK side of the CDT will come from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). 

Industry investment is also expected to add to the overall project. 

SSPC is a SFI research centre, hosted by UL. The  centre is run in partnership with University College Cork, National University of Galway and Trinity College Dublin, the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Dublin City University, Waterford Institute of Technology and Athlone Institute of Technology.