Nine Irish researchers and innovators awarded over €2.9m in funding in response to Covid-19

12th August, 2020

Garrett Murray National Director for Horizon 2020 Enterprise Ireland
Garrett Murray, National Director for Horizon 2020 at Enterprise Ireland.

Enterprise Ireland welcomes European Commission’s announcement of funding for researchers and innovators as part of Horizon 2020 emergency funding action for Covid-19 outbreak

The European Commission has announced that 23 projects were short-listed for funding with a total of €128.2 million involving 347 research teams from 40 countries in Europe under the emergency funding action issued in May. Nine Irish researchers and companies were awarded over €2.9m under the funding action.

Projects were funded in the areas of rapid repurposing of manufacturing for vital medical supplies and equipment (€22.1m), behavioural, social and economic impacts of the outbreak responses (€28 million), pan-European Covid-19 cohorts (€19.9m) and collaboration of existing EU and international cohorts of relevance to Covid-19 (€3m) and medical technologies, digital tools and artificial intelligence analytics to improve surveillance and care at High Technology Readiness Levels (€55.2m).

Irish applicants did particularly well in the area of medical technologies, digital tools and artificial Intelligence analytics.

Enterprise Ireland client Palliare Limited is coordinating a project focusing on controlling viral aerosols in COVID-19 and beyond. Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, University College Cork, TUDublin, and Cork spin-out BioPixS Limited are also all partners in successful consortia.

BioPixS is a key member of a consortia led by Spanish researchers working on a portable platform for the assessment of microvascular health in Covid-19 patients at the intensive care.

Speaking following the announcement, Garrett Murray, National Director for Horizon 2020 at Enterprise Ireland said: “This announcement is a great success for Ireland and is testament to the capability and talent within the Irish research and innovation system particularly in areas relevant to the challenges posed by Covid-19. As citizens we rely on our innovators and researchers to help us overcome some our greatest societal challenges and as drivers of economic growth.

To date, Irish companies and researchers have been awarded and contracted in excess of €987m in funding under Horizon 2020 - with more in the pipeline. There continues to be many opportunities for Irish enterprises and researchers under the Horizon 2020 Programme, including calls for proposals under the European Green Deal, worth circa €1bn that will be issued in the autumn.”

Following the announcement, Sanathana Konugolu Venkata Sekar, CEO, BioPixS Ltd stated: “In VASCOVID, our novel phantoms will fast track instrument development by enabling standardized approach to characterisation/verification, and also provide quality control during day to day operations of VASCOVID device. A spinout of IPIC/Tyndall/UCC, this is a proud moment for us to positively impact on the challenges posed by this pandemic by partnering with leading institutes across Europe.”

Enterprise Ireland encourages all Irish researchers and innovators to look at the remaining opportunities under the Programme and to contact their National Contact Points in Enterprise Ireland and across the Horizon 2020 national support network for information, guidance and expert support in evaluating opportunities and making applications.


Notes to the Editor:

About Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. It is one of seven flagship initiatives in Europe 2020, the European Union’s ten-year jobs and growth strategy. It has a budget of €75 billion and runs from 2014 to 2020. Horizon 2020 funding (i.e. grants) is awarded on a competitive basis to researchers and companies across three main pillars: Excellent Science, Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies and Societal Challenges.

Enterprise Ireland leads the national support network for Horizon 2020, working 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 Horizon 2020 has 9 member organisations; the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, Enterprise Ireland, the Environmental Protection Agency, 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. For more information visit

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