Posted: 18/10/17

John Halligan T.D., Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development has called on Ireland’s researchers and companies to seize the opportunities presented in the €30 Billion final work programme of Horizon 2020 at the national launch in Dublin today (Wednesday 18th October 2017). Over 700 people from Irish companies and research performing organisations packed the O’Reilly Hall, UCD in Dublin for the national launch of the Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-2020, hosted by Enterprise Ireland and co-sponsored by InterTrade Ireland.

Speaking before the event Minister Halligan said, “To date, Ireland has won €475 million in competitive funding and is now poised to capitalise on the opportunity of the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2018-2020 with its budget of €30 billion. Ireland is already a winner in Horizon 2020 but we cannot be complacent. As we enter the final work programme of Horizon 2020, I encourage all researchers - in companies, Higher Education Institutes and public bodies - to be ambitious in the next stage of Horizon 2020. These are the entities which are already competing at the highest levels of European research, I urge them to engage with the National Support Network for Horizon 2020 to seize this opportunity.”

The ADAPT Centre has benefitted hugely from Horizon 2020 over the last two years. The centre was successful in securing Trinity College Dublin’s largest ever Horizon 2020 win with two other research centres, AMBER and CONNECT, in 2016. Numerous projects linked to advancing research into materials, telecommunications networks and digital content technology have been funded through this initiative. Prime examples of these include projects led by ADAPT researchers, whose cutting-edge work, such as on ‘Bonseyes: Platform for Open Development of Systems of Artificial Intelligence’ and ‘EnTIRE: Mapping Normative Frameworks for Ethics and Integrity of Research’, has been made possible. The centre constantly strives to achieve further EU funding, as shown through its recent internal EU Funding Day which encouraged discussion around the topic through presentations and panel discussions provided by experts in the field. Thanks to Horizon 2020, the future of projects led by Irish research centres looks bright.

To engage with the National Support Network for Horizon 2020 in Ireland, visit their website here.

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