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SFI Research Centres

SFI Research Centres are making important scientific advances, enhancing enterprise and industry, training students with critical, in-demand skills, supporting regional development, and enhancing Ireland’s international reputation. These centres link scientists and engineers in partnerships across academia and industry to address crucial research questions.

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Exploring the 4 new world-class SFI Research Centres

Exploring the new SFI Research Centres launched in Dublin Castle on September 7th 2017.
New SFI Research Centres include;

• Confirm - Smart manufacturing IT and industrial automation systems, led by Prof Conor McCarthy, University of Limerick

• BEACON - Biological resources as alternative materials to finite fossil resources, led by Prof Kevin O’Connor, UCD

• I-FORM - Innovative techniques and processes in Advanced Manufacturing, led by Prof Denis Dowling, UCD

• Future Neuro -Treatment, diagnosis and monitoring of chronic and rare neurological diseases, led by Prof David Henshall, RCSI
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Announcement of funding for six world-leading SFI Research Centres

On 9th May 2019 Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, announced an investment of €230 million in six SFI Research Centres as part of Project Ireland 2040. The €230 million investment made by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation through Science Foundation Ireland, will directly benefit approximately 850 researchers employed by the centres, while also supporting the Government’s Future Jobs Ireland initiative. The investment is buoyed by industry support with 170 industry partners committing to investing over €230 million in cash and in-kind contributions over the next six years.

SFI Research Centre Confirm

SFI Research Centre CONFIRM, aims to transform Ireland’s manufacturing industry to become a world-leader in smart manufacturing.

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SFI Research Centre CONFIRM Launch 2018

CONFIRM, the SFI Research Centre for Smart Manufacturing, officially launched on 15th May 2018. Its researchers will occupy newly renovated offices at Park Point UL, bringing world-leading technological innovation to the centre of Limerick. Manufacturing is the second largest employer in Ireland, accounting for €110 billion in exports, and globally it is a rapidly changing landscape. CONFIRM, funded through Science Foundation Ireland’s Research Centres Programme, will work with a range of industry partners to transform Ireland’s manufacturing sector. Watch the video for a first look at some of the exciting projects you can expect from Professor Conor McCarthy and his team.

To read more about CONFIRM, visit their website: confirm.ie

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SFI Research Centres Launch 2013

The announcement by Mr Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mr Sean Sherlock, TD, Minister for Research and Innovation and Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General, SFI of a landmark investment by the Government in scientific research. €200 million of Irish exchequer funding will be invested in seven world class research centres of scale. The new funding will be delivered through Science Foundation Ireland's (SFI) Research Centres Programme coupled with over €100 million in cash and in-kind contributions from industry partners, making it the largest ever combined state/industry co-funding announcement of its kind in the research field in Ireland.
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Meet the directors of the four new SFI research centres

Four Science Foundation Ireland research centres have been launched, but what do their new directors have in store for Irish science?
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SFI Research Centre FutureNeuro

SFI Research Centre FutureNeuro, is focused on addressing the socio-economic burden caused by chronic and rare neurological diseases.

In an internationally unique manner, FutureNeuro links innovative neurotherapeutics development with genomic and biomarker-based patient stratification, a national eHealth infrastructure and a nationwide clinical network.

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Dr Ciarán Seoighe, SFI Deputy Director General at SFI Research Centre CONFIRM Launch

Dr Ciarán Seoighe, Deputy Director General at Science Foundation Ireland, speaks about the SFI Research Centres Programme and explains the importance of transforming key areas like smart manufacturing in order to maintain and improve Ireland’s global reputation and competitive edge.

To read more about CONFIRM, visit their website: confirm.ie/

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Minister Humphreys launches CONFIRM smart manufacturing SFI Research Centre

CONFIRM, the SFI Research Centre for Smart Manufacturing, officially launched on 15th May 2018. Its researchers will occupy newly renovated offices at Park Point UL, bringing world-leading technological innovation to the centre of Limerick.

Manufacturing is the second largest employer in Ireland, accounting for €110 billion in exports, and globally it is a rapidly changing landscape. CONFIRM, funded through Science Foundation Ireland’s Research Centres Programme, will work with a range of industry partners to transform Ireland’s manufacturing sector.

Here's first look at some of the exciting projects you can expect from Professor Conor McCarthy and his team.

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SFI Research Centre BEACON

SFI Research Centre BEACON, will develop sustainable novel processes and products using bio-based resources, creating clusters for new industry partnerships and delivering the expertise and trained workforce to translate new technologies into new sustainable products, processes, markets and industries.

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SFI Centres for Research Training

Minister Heather Humphreys and Minister John Halligan announced an investment of over €100 million in six new SFI Centres for Research Training. The SFI Centres for Research Training programme, the first postgraduate training programme run by SFI, will provide training for 700 postgraduate students in areas of nationally and internationally identified future skills needs of digital, data and ICT.

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Professor Conor McCarthy, Director of SFI Research Centre CONFIRM, at the CONFIRM Launch 2018

Professor Conor McCarthy, Director of CONFIRM and Associate Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at University of Limerick, discusses the capacity of Research Centres to provide companies with the perfect environment in which to test new technologies. This will keep Ireland’s place on a global stage where smart manufacturing is the next big thing.

To read more about CONFIRM, visit their website: confirm.ie

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Prof Gavin Walker, SSPC, the SFI Research Centre for Pharmaceuticals

In May Ministers Humphreys and Halligan announced an investment of €230 million in six SFI Research Centres as part of Project Ireland 2040. The €230 million investment made by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation through Science Foundation Ireland, will directly benefit approximately 850 researchers employed by the centres, while also supporting the Government’s Future Jobs Ireland initiative. The investment is buoyed by industry support with 170 industry partners committing to investing over €230 million in cash and in-kind contributions over the next six years.

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SFI to invest €72 million in four new world-class SFI Research Centres

Professor Mark Ferguson discusses new SFI investment in world-class research centres.
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Prof Michael Morris, Director of AMBER, SFI Research Centre

In May Ministers Humphreys and Halligan announced an investment of €230 million in six SFI Research Centres as part of Project Ireland 2040. The €230 million investment made by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation through Science Foundation Ireland, will directly benefit approximately 850 researchers employed by the centres, while also supporting the Government’s Future Jobs Ireland initiative. The investment is buoyed by industry support with 170 industry partners committing to investing over €230 million in cash and in-kind contributions over the next six years.

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SFI Centre for Research Training in Artificial Intelligence

SFI Centres for Research Training in Genomics Data Science

SFI Research Centre I-Form

SFI Research Centre I-FORM, will enhance processing efficiency for Irish manufacturing, allowing the production of highly customised 3D printed components exhibiting superior performance.

I-Form’s research focus involves an innovative combination of material science, modelling, advanced process monitoring, data analytics and process feedback. By utilising this ground-breaking approach, the aim of the SFI Research Centre is to facilitate the manufacture of high-value components exhibiting enhanced material performance, while reducing processing times and achieving enhanced process reliability. The applications are numerous and across nearly all industrial sectors, from aerospace to medical implants, from architecture to sports equipment.

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SFI Research Centres Announcement 25th October 2014

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