Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has launched 4 new research hubs this month, bringing to 16 the number funded. These new centres are in the areas of smart manufacturing, the bio-economy, neurotherapeutics and 3D printed manufacturing. Finance for the centres will be a combination government funding (€74m) and industry investment €40m over the next six years.
CONFIRM will study smart manufacturing methods
BEACON will find uses for residue left over from the processing of natural resources,
FutureNeuro will develop innovative treatments for rare and chronic neurological diseasese
I-FORM will enhance the efficiency of manufacturing processing through 3D printing.
These centres are designed to be collaborative in nature with 17 research organisations and over 80 industry partners engaged.
It is anticipated that 650 research jobs will be created and supported over the next 6 years
2017’s last open call for Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Vouchers began on September 6th and will Close on September 20th . If you are an SME and are interested in exploring some new, innovative opportunities for your company and feel that access to researchers at our third level Institutes opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider. Typically these vouchers are valid for 12
months and can be redeemed at one of the 38 registered centres that provide leading academic expertise (ROI and NI).
Some examples of the areas that these vouchers can be used for include:
new product/process development
new business model development
new service delivery and customer interface
new service development
tailored training in innovation management
What is, What if, What wows, What works?
Brendan Lawlor is delighted to be participating in the IRDG Design Thinking Masterclass being organised in association with NUI Maynooth.(Facilitators included Trevor Vaugh, Frank Devitt, Dr Peter Robbins)
Yesterday was a very enjoyable, challenging and informative first day at Finnstown Castle.
Several very useful tools and techniques such as Journey Mapping, Empathy Mapping, Reframing and Brainstorming were used to tackle a number of classic ‘ wicked’ problems. Brendan will keep you all posted on his progress throughout the programme.
Brendan has recently completed the University of Virginia Darden Business School Design Thinking for Innovation programme. Design thinking is a method for practical, creative resolution of problems. Its use in research and innovation has been growing in recent years as companies and organisations look to understand their customers wants and needs better. In the coming months Innovation 21 will be exploring how we can use Design Thinking to help smaller companies and non commercial organisations become more innovative, and identify and solve many of the ‘ Wicked Problems’ that they face every day in our fast changing world. Please get in touch for further details