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November Newsletter (Part 2)

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Ireland will join ESO in 2018 after hard-fought campaign
Positive news for Ireland’s developing astro-science sector with news that allocated capital for innovation in Budget 2018 will allow us to finally join the European Southern Observatory (ESO). This move will allow Irish companies to bid for ESO contracts and will be welcomed by researchers and companies in areas such as data analytics, photonics, imaging, detectors, computing and microelectronics. Commenting on the announcement the policy adviser for the Institute of Physics in Ireland, Dr Sheila Gilheany, said: “Ireland’s membership of ESO will now allow physicists here to work with other cutting-edge scientists worldwide to understand our universe, and bring the fruit of that research back to Ireland to support education and develop our business capacity in many high-tech fields. Astrophysics, in particular, is a key driver of science interest and innovation. To support this, Irish scientists and engineers need access to the best research facilities, and this access brings with it the benefits of spin-off technology, contracts and jobs.”

Invitation to NIBRT’s Annual Research Day

NIBRT’s annual research day will take place on Friday Nov 24th 2017. The event will provide the opportunity to hear the latest developments in cutting edge research from NIBRT scientists and their collaborators.

The event is free to attend but spaces are limited and registration is necessary at

The event will include Poster Session, Industry Case Studies, tours of NIBRT including the new GE Single Use Centre of Excellence and the ThermoFisher bioanalytical characterization lab.

2018 US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards – call for nominations
The US-Ireland Research Innovation Awards are a joint initiative of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Chamber of Commerce, Ireland. The 2018 Awards will recognise excellence in research innovation, creation and invention by an organisation, as a result of US Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Ireland. These awards acknowledge exemplary ideas, originating in Irish organisations, and underpinned by innovative research, that have a strong social and/or economic impact. There are awards in a number of categories and applications are invited from. The Irish (island of Ireland) operations of a US headquartered and controlled multinational Company.

A Higher Education Institution (HEI) Research Centre or institute based on the island of Ireland with links to the US corporate sector in Ireland. An Irish Micro Enterprise or SME with links to the US corporate sector in Ireland.

The closing date for applications is December 14th 2017 at 17:00

November Newsletter (Part 1)

Category : Innovation , News

How does Ireland rank in terms of data innovation in the EU?
A recent report from the Center for Data Innovation (a Washington DC-based dedicated “to maximising the potential of data to generate social and economic benefits”) contains some mixed news for Ireland. The report, published in October, used 3 critical assets to assess assessed the countries abilities to enable data-driven innovation: data, technology and people or firms. In terms of ranking Ireland finished 10th in Europe trailing countries such as Denmark, the UK, Finland and the Netherlands. Ireland scored poorly in terms of the data economy -which measures the relative value of data market demand and data company revenues and broadband infrastructure and support, but it scored more positively with respect to workforce data knowledge and skills rankings and Freedom of Information.

A link to the full report can be found here and a good summary of the report can be found in this Silicon Republic article

€30 Billion in Research and Innovation Funding Available from Europe
At an event in UCD on October 18th to launch the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2018-2020 over 700 people from Irish companies and research performing organisations were told of the €30 billion in Research and Innovation funding still available from the programme.

Minister Halligan, who launched the event 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.”

IRDG celebrating 25th anniversary
A very successful event was held in Croke Park on October 24th to celebrate IRDG’s 25th anniversary. The event entitled “ Leading Innovation for Business Growth Conference “ attracted a large turnout from industry and Research Performing Organisations and included presentations from speakers such as Stefan Lindegaard – Chief Thought Leader – on corporate transformation, digitalisation and innovation management, Aisling Hassell, Head of Global Customer Experience, Airbnb and Site Lead, Airbnb in Dublin (pictured below) and an address by An Tánaiste and Minister for Employment and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald.

Superbug killer Kastus wins overall prize at Irish Times innovation Awards
Irish firm Kastus were the well-deserved winners of the recent Irish Times Innovations Award. The Grangegorman-based company have developed a patented spray-drying technology that allows an antimicrobial coating to be applied to almost any material with a kill rate of over 99.99% against bacteria, fungi and antibiotic-resistant superbugs including MRSA and E coli. Trials of the company’s proprietary technology (originally developed in the Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology at the Dublin Institute of Technology) are almost at an end and the company is already working with three of the world’s top five ceramic Producers.



November Newsletter (Part 2)

Happy Scribe!

Category : Innovation


An excellent product – simple and easy to use, it’s not very often that an assignment in college can lead to a successful commercial product, but for 2 students André Bastié (DCU) and Marc Assens (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) the need to transcribe 12 interviews for an academic Research project on Social Entrepreneurship has led to just that. They developed Scribe, an on-line transcription service, which has helped over 4000 researchers and journalists easily transcribe interviews. The Service is an automatic transcribing tool that helps you to save time you upload your file and get your automatic transcription directly in your mailbox in less than 30 minutes at a cost of €0.09 per minute of audiofile.

So how useful is the product? I tested it out recently with a 17 minute technical interview in the area of Pharmaceutical Quality Assurance. This was quite a challenge for the tool as the topic was a very technical one – the results were not perfect; the transcription of the abbreviation QbD (Quality by Design) as potato made me smile but was easily remedied in the editable script that was sent back to
me in under 30 minutes. If like me your ability to transcribe interviews is limited – then this may just be the product for you. The cost point it is pitched would certainly make it worth a trial.

For more Information, please click here


Competitive Start Fund call closes on Wednesday 27th September 2017

The Competitive Start Fund (CSF) aims to support early stage start-ups. This fund is open to early stage companies in manufacturing & internationally traded services, including the following subsectors: Agricultural, Manufacturing, Lifesciences, Renewables. The following are examples of some of the areas included within the scope of the fund: Agritech, Agribusiness, Agricultural Machinery, eHealth, Digital Health, Medical Devices Diagnostics, Cleantech. All applications to the fund must be made via the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System.

Completed application forms must be submitted through the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System by 3pm on 27th September 2017. A Video Pitch must be submitted on the platform by 11:59pm on 27th September 2017 (when you commence the application form an email regarding the video pitch will be sent to you separately). A valid application must contain both a video pitch and complete application form.

Innovation 21:4 new SFI Research Centres officially launched

Category : Innovation

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


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