© Hans-Peter Bock hpbock@avaapgh.de
© Hans-Peter Bock hpbock@avaapgh.de

Funding to support 100 high-value research jobs

Ireland has received a further €10m in funding under the Horizon 2020 programme to create 100 high-value research jobs.

Ireland has previously performed well under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) programme, with news coming earlier this month that Dundalk IT received €3m to lead a new water quality programme.

The MSCA programme is designed to support talent development and focuses on research mobility between countries and sectors.

The latest results published by the EU for MSCA revealed that Irish researchers have been awarded €10m to create 100 high-value research jobs.

These jobs will be in major companies, civil society organisations, public bodies and higher education institutions (HEIs), and were put forward by a partnership between the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the Irish Research Council.

One of the successfully funded projects is Alcatel-Lucent, which will now have the ability to fund six research staff members to develop new automotive, aeronautics and energy generation technologies.

Meanwhile, Carlow-based TE Laboratories will collaborate with Dublin City University on a project regarding contaminated land-site remediation.

Ned Costello, chief executive of the IUA, said: “The support provided by the Irish Research Council is essential to the operation and successful performance of the Irish Marie Skłodowska-Curie office.

“It has facilitated the development and roll-out of a system of supports to maximise the success of research-active organisations in the MSCA, leading to the programme becoming number one for Ireland in Horizon 2020.”