3 ADAPT Researchers Received SFI Frontiers for the Future Awards totaling over €1.2M

08 January 2021
3 ADAPT Researchers Received SFI Frontiers for the Future Awards totaling over €1.2M

Dublin, 2 November 2020: Aidan Meade, Jennifer Foster, and Rachel McDonnell were among the 71 researchers who received a portion of the €53M of the SFI Frontiers for the Future Programme funding. Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, TD announced the winners of the grants today.

Commenting on the programme, Minister Harris said: “Congratulations to all the researchers who have received funding today as part of the SFI Frontiers for the Future Programme. I am delighted to support this programme which funds individual-led research, with an emphasis on areas of high-risk, high-reward, which will help us build a better future for Ireland through discovery, innovation, and impact.”

“I am pleased to see the successful outcome of the new gender initiative that sees 45% of the research grants announced today led by female researchers. The funding will support researchers who are already carrying out excellent work in Ireland, as well as those in the early stages of their research careers who hold incredible potential.  It is through investment like this that Ireland will become an innovation leader and provide solutions and opportunities for our society and economy.”

Aidan Meade, ADAPT and TU Dublin researcher, is partnering with William Gallagher of UCD on the Chempredict DL project. The goal of this project is to segregate breast cancer patients at low and high risk of recurrence with chemical imaging and deep learning. The project was awarded €478,345 to carry out the necessary research.

Jennifer Foster, ADAPT and Dublin City University researcher has been awarded €275,700 for her project Rolling in the Deep: unravelling a neural net’s capacity for language.

Rachel McDonnell, ADAPT and Trinity College Dublin researcher,    has been granted €477,737 to develop the RADICal project, which seeks to enable on-set Virtual Reality for actors portraying DIgital Characters.

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