The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD has today announced funding of €39m for 30 scientific research projects, in key areas such as ICT, health/life sciences and energy.

The funding will support 151 researchers and will be administered via Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI) ‘Principal Investigator’ (PI) Programme.

The research projects funded will be based on topics such as molecular imaging of cancer, obesity and inflammatory diseases and were selected “following a highly-competitive, peer-reviewed process”, according to Director-General of Science Foundation Ireland, Professor Mark Ferguson.

Intel, Analog Devices, Opsona Therapeutics, Trimod Therapeutics and Theta Chemicals are just some of the companies set to link with the research projects. 

Minister of State with responsibility for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock TD, welcomed the announcement stating that: “Investment is key to ensuring that robust and results-driven research continues to take place and thrive here in Ireland.” He is confident that the funding will have a big impact and “help to bring the best of these research projects to the next level, creating impactful, innovative products and services for the Irish and international market.”