SFI Technology Innovation Development Awards for UCD CHAS academics


Four Academics in total from UCD have been awarded funding under the Science Foundation Ireland, Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA) programme. Two of these Academics are from the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences.

From the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, Dr. Gabriella Farries has recieved funding for a new project aimed at developing a test to aid horse breeders to identify the genetic aptitudes of horses when it comes to aerobic fitness and responsiveness to exercise training.

From the UCD School of Medicine, Dr Fiona McGillicuddy was awarded funding and will lead a research project seeking to produce a new diagnostic test which will allow doctors to distinguish between obese individuals at increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

The other UCD Academic awardees were Dr Crystal O'Connor from the UCD School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and Dr James Rice form the UCD School of Physics.

Innovation and Impact Professor Orla feely who is the UCD Vice President for Research, congratulated the UCD researchers, saying the funding “will allow them to progress the commercialisation of their research, and to deliver impact to society and the economy".