Research projects

Cross-border research projects to obtain funding of 37 million euros

The government will fund dozens of cross-border research projects to the tune of more than €37 million, on issues ranging from precision medicine against cancer to juvenile delinquency, under a new pan-European research program -islander.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin on Wednesday announced details of 62 projects that will involve higher education institutions on both sides of the border over the next four years.

The projects are the first to be funded under a new North-South research program, a collaborative program funded by the government’s Shared Island fund.

The program aims to deepen links between higher education institutions, researchers and research communities on the island of Ireland and to provide approaches to research and innovation across the island.

Announcing the research prizes, Mr Martin said they would bring together researchers from all corners of the island to work on pioneering projects over the next four years.

This was not only about strengthening existing relationships, but also fostering new research partnerships, he added.

“I am particularly impressed by the high level of interest and caliber of proposals, and I am confident that these cross-border collaborations will further enhance the island’s reputation for innovation and research excellence,” he said. -he declares.

The value of the prizes ranges from €200,000 over two years to €4 million over four years.

Some of the projects include:

Artificial intelligence A collaboration between Trinity College Dublin and the University of Ulster to use AI approaches to tackle mental health inequalities in Ireland through improved diet and lifestyle.

The Irish language Cartlann is a collaboration between NUI Galway and the University of Ulster that will use the Conradh na Gaeilge archive to track the uneven development of Irish language policy on both sides of the border.

Covid-19 and pregnancy A collaboration between UCC and the University of Ulster will assess the risks of birth defects in relation to the disease.

Hemp An all-island approach to sustainable high-value carbohydrates – or polysaccharides – from low-value agricultural hemp waste by UCD and Queen’s University Belfast.

Greenhouse gas A collaboration between UCC and Queen’s University to develop efficient and sensitive photonic sensors for monitoring greenhouse gases.

military heritage Mapping, Inventory and Online Record of Army Barracks in Ireland, 1690-1921, by UCD and The Open University.

Further and Further Education Minister Simon Harris said research, science and innovation were invaluable tools to help us understand the challenges we face and identify solutions.

He said the research projects developed by researchers across the island would deepen North-South relations and help create and build new ones.

Higher Education Authority chief executive Dr Alan Wall said the program offers researchers the opportunity to combine knowledge, expertise and skills to work collaboratively to address global, national and regional challenges. .

Last year, 40 million euros were allocated by the Shared Island fund over five years for the North-South research programme.

As previously announced and agreed by the government, there will be a second call under the program in 2023. The scope and scale of the second call is currently under review.

The funding follows the Program’s commitment to the government to ‘support a North/South agenda for research and innovation’.

The research program will support research that will benefit the island of Ireland economically and socially. The key principles of the program are:

Strengthen research, innovation, development and collaboration between individuals and higher education institutions by rewarding innovation and excellence, thereby strengthening the higher education sector, North and South.

Improve the research, teaching and learning continuum as well as the skills, quality and relevance of graduate outcomes.

Promote networks of excellence and major partnerships for research, innovation and development.

Contribute to the development of policies relevant to the Shared Island initiative and benefiting businesses and communities, North and South.

Contribute to capacity building, creation of innovation places/districts.

The program is managed by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of the Department of Higher and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

Students at the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute in Pearse Street, Dublin, watch Taoiseach Micheál Martin make his announcement. Photography: Alan Betson

From cancer to crime: new cross-border research projects

Precision medicine against cancer The All-Island Cancer Research Institute is a collaboration between University College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast. The project brings together 10 academic institutions and their associated teaching hospitals across the island of Ireland to examine the field of precision cancer medicine.

Liquid biopsies The All-Ireland Cancer Liquid Biopsies Consortium is a collaboration between Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast which aims to provide consistent leadership, ideas, new approaches, excellence in research, training and l collective education and on the individual components of liquid biopsies, food resume education on both sides of the border.

Sustainable innovation The Atlantic Innovation Corridor is a collaboration between the National University of Ireland, Galway and the University of Ulster that will address how the region can foster sustainable innovation. Other partners in this project include the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and the University of Limerick.

Juvenile crime Stable Lives Safer Streets is a collaboration between the University of Limerick and Queen’s University Belfast looking at youth justice, community and youth work, trauma studies and community safety.

Antibiotic resistant bacteria The All-island Vaccine Research and Training Alliance – a collaboration between University College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast – will look at the rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Gambling “Fair play?” is a collaboration between Maynooth University and Ulster University to assess young people’s exposure to gambling marketing through sport on the island of Ireland.