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President Higgins presents awards to ‘Ireland’s Champions of EU Research’

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Irelandwinning equivalent of €1.5 million in EU research funding per week.

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins will present outstanding achievement awards to companies and academic researchers who have reached the pinnacle of European research at ‘Ireland’s Champions of EU Research’ taking place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin at 1.30pm today (Friday 8th June)

President of Ireland, Michael D.Higgins and Dr. Imelda Lambkin, Enterprise Ireland & National Director of FP7 Ireland with (right) Mary Reilly, Opsona Therapeutics, winner of an award at Ireland’s Champions of EU Research in Dublin today (8th June 2012). Opsona Therapeutics is one of 104 Irish SMEs that has won funding from FP7 - Europe’s €50 billion fund for research - giving Ireland the No. 1 ranking in Europe for SME participation in FP7

President of Ireland, Michael D.Higgins and Dr. Imelda Lambkin, Enterprise Ireland & National Director of FP7 Ireland with (right) Mary Reilly, Opsona Therapeutics, winner of an award at Ireland’s Champions of EU Research in Dublin today (8th June 2012). Opsona Therapeutics is one of 104 Irish SMEs that has won funding from FP7 - Europe’s €50 billion fund for research - giving Ireland the No. 1 ranking in Europe for SME participation in FP7.

Five researchers will receive outstanding achievement awards for their projects which were ranked 1st in the EU in their respective research areas. Three companies from Ireland will also receive awards – Intel Ireland, Opsona Therapeutics and Wavebob.

The aim of the event is to recognise the immense contribution of the award winners and an additional 275 research project leaders from Ireland to our national success in the €50 billion EU research fund known as the Seventh EU Framework Programme for Research (FP7). Enterprise Ireland is hosting the event on behalf of Ireland’s National Support Network for FP7.

Speaking at the event, Dr. Imelda Lambkin, National Director of FP7 Ireland, said “Tackling societal challenges concerning our health, the sanctity of our environment, increasing energy and transport demands, these project leaders are living proof of the world-class research that is ongoing in Ireland and testament to the robust research infrastructure that has been built in Ireland in recent years”.

Award winners Opsona Therapeutics Ltd and Wavebob are two of the 104 Irish SMEs that between them have won close to €70 million in EU research funding for Ireland since the programme began in 2007.

A key performance indicator shows that Ireland is ranked 1st in Europe for having the highest degree of SME participation of the 27 EU member states with 104 SMEs participating to date, followed by Belgium (95), Austria (80), and Estonia (76)*.

Since the EU programme commenced in 2007 over 1,200 applicants from Ireland have won €384 million in FP7 funding, the equivalent of €1.5 million per week. The national target is to secure €600 million by the end of 2013. The final call for applications which will open in July 2012 has the largest budget to date at an estimated €9 billion.

A panel discussion at the event will focus on Ireland’s success in FP7 to date, how to maximise participation in the final, and largest round of funding, launching in July 2012 and how to capitalise on the opportunities presented by Horizon 2020, the new EU programme for research and innovation in 2014.

According to Dr. Lambkin, “The European Commission has proposed a budget of €80 billion for Horizon 2020 to boost research, innovation and competitiveness across member states.  Led by Enterprise Ireland, the members of Ireland’s National Support Network for FP7are determined to ensure Ireland takes advantage of the huge opportunities presented to both companies and academic researchers in Ireland by the EU funding for research”.

President Higgins will present awards to the following researchers whose projects were ranked 1st in EU in their respective research areas;

Dr. Louise Dunne, University College Dublin

For her leadership of the TURaS project on “Transitioning towards Urban Resilience and Sustainability”

Ranked 1st in Sustainable and Resilient Green Cities in the Environment area


Dr Jennifer Edmond, Trinity College Dublin

For her leadership of the CENDARI project on “Collaborative European Digital/Archival Infrastructure”

Ranked 1st in Integrating Activities in the Infrastructures area

 

Nobel Laureate (2000) Professor James Heckman, University College Dublin

For his leadership of the DEVHEALTH project on “Understanding Health across the Lifecourse: An Integrated Developmental Approach”

Ranked 1st in European Research Council Advanced Grant in the Ideas area.


Mr Martin Hynes, Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, now part of the Irish Research Council.

For his leadership of the INSPIRE project on ‘International Mobility Fellowships in Science Engineering and Technology’ 

Ranked 1st in the Marie Curie Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programmes area.


Dr Jennifer Claire McElwain, University College Dublin

For her leadership of the OXYEVOL project on “Atmospheric oxygen as a driver of plant evolution over the past 400 million years”

Ranked 1st in the European Research Council Starter Grant in the Ideas area.

* Indicator: "Number of participating SME per country divided by the total SME population of that country, multiplied by 100.000"; i.e. the "Number of SMEs participating in FP7-Themes per 100.000 SMEs".Source, Fourth FP7 Monitoring Report 2011, EU Commission.

 

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Notes to the editor

Panel members:

  • Professor Martin Curley, Vice President at Intel Corporation and director of Intel Labs Europe
  • Ruxandra Draghia-Akli, MD, PhD, Director of the Health Directorate at the Research DG of the European Commission click here for
  • Ms Barbara Nolan, Head of EU representation in Ireland
  • Mr Martin Shanagher, Assistant Secretary, Innovation and Investment Division, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
  • Dr Peter Heffernan, CEO, Marine Institute 

Ireland’s National Support Network for FP7:

FP7 Ireland is a national support network set up to increase participation by Irish companies and academic institutions in the EU’s main instrument for funding research in Europe. Led by Enterprise Ireland, the national support network for FP7 has 11 member organisations; the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government, Enterprise Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Higher Education Authority, the Health Research Board, the Irish Research Council, the Irish Universities Association, the Marine Institute, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland.   The Director of the National Support Network for FP7 in Ireland is Dr. Imelda Lambkin, Enterprise Ireland.

For more information visit www.fp7ireland.com