Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD has announced €84 million to enhance research and innovation opportunities for the Technological University sector.
The programme will establish, equip, and staff regional research and innovation offices within TUs to enable deepened engagement with local and regional business, industry, and enterprise stakeholders.
Technological University of the Shannon allocated €12m
Technological University of the Shannon has been allocated a massive €12m to enhance research and innovation opportunities. Minister Harris said: “The Technological Universities are uniquely placed to link with local and regional enterprises, particularly Small and Medium Enterprises, to support them to turn innovation opportunities into real-world actuality”. He went on to say that TUs are catalysts of regional development and support the skills and employment agendas regionally and nationally; “This significant research-oriented funding will further enhance their capacity in this regard, ensuring that as a nation Ireland will be recognised as a world-leader in Research and Innovation for years to come.”
The funding is also directed at developing researcher human capital in the technological sector, including staff development, recruitment, postgraduate training and supervision, networking, and collaborative knowledge-transfer and mobility schemes.
TU RISE is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union through the Southern, Eastern & Midland and the Northern & Western Regional Programmes, 2021-27. In the Southern Eastern and Midlands allocations under TU RISE, SETU was allocated funding of €13million.