Eight research projects underway at NUI Galway, Ireland, have been awarded a total of €782,000 to commercialise their ideas, ranging from renewable energy to the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
Under the remit of Enterprise Ireland (EI), eight researchers are to commercialise their research for possible benefits to society in the areas such as renewable energy and sustainable agriculture.
The funding has been awarded under the Science Foundation Ireland Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA) programme, run in collaboration with EI.
TIDA’s purpose is to ensure researchers focus on the initial stages of an applied research project and to then demonstrate the commercial and technical feasibility of their idea.
The researchers who have been awarded the funding include: Dr Brian Ward (School of Physics, College of Science) for the development of an instrument to improve the characterisation of turbulence at tidal energy sites and assisting the tidal renewable energy industry in optimising turbine efficiency; Professor James O’Gara (School of Natural Sciences) to evaluate new antimicrobials, biomaterials and therapeutic approaches for the treatment and prevention of antimicrobial resistant infections; and Dr Leo Quinlan (School of Medicine) for the electrical stimulation cueing to freeze gait correction in people with Parkinson’s.
Speaking of the Awards, Ireland’s minister for jobs, enterprise and innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, said: “I am delighted to announce this investment in research commercialisation and entrepreneurship training, through the SFI TIDA programme.
“It will enable the research teams to take the first steps in developing new discoveries and inventions with commercial potential.”