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The Centre has core public funding from Irish government agencies,  Irish Universities, the European Union, and US sources. It actively seeks new sources of seed funding to promote the most innovative research in the field, as well as ongoing developmental funds in an effort to develop a balanced portfolio of research, with the right risk profile. From the Centre's viewpoint the active participation in competitive funding initiatives is essential, not just as a source of money, but also as a key mechanism for collaboration. In sustaining and monitoring its claim to innovation, successful bids for highly competitive funding programs constitutes ongoing validation of its role in the international research arena.