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Irish Government invests in 47 projects to engage and inspire the public about STEM

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris, and Minister for Education Norma Foley TD have today announced an investment in 47 projects aimed at improving public understanding of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The €3.7 million funding will be focused on encouraging diversity and inclusion in STEM, while also targeting a wide range of ages including young children, teens and adults.
Announcing the funding, Minister Harris TD said: “I am delighted to announce today the 47 projects receiving funding through the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Discover Programme.

Research to Literally Get Under the Skin of Things

An unusual research topic for her doctoral thesis led Dr Aisling Ní Annaidh into the fascinating world of tissue biomechanics – the study of research into the mechanical and physical properties of tissue – and developing a particular focus on the skin.

IMI project Screen4Care to speed up diagnosis and enhance healthcare for rare disease patients

A new international Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) project, Screen4Care, has formally launched. The five year project has a budget of €25 million, led by Pfizer, and 35 consortium partners from 14 European countries including Switzerland and UK.

€9M joint investment for US-Ireland R&D Programme

A joint investment of €9 million was today announced through a tripartite research and development partnership between the United States of America (USA), Republic of Ireland (RoI) and Northern Ireland (NI), spanning 16 research institutions. The seven awards will support more than 14 research positions in the Republic of Ireland and 10 research positions in Northern Ireland for three to five years.

Helping People Understand and Mitigate the Spread of Aerosol-Born Infections

A request in April 2020 to deploy a long-established optical technique to identify gas flows and the spread of aerosols in surgery opened up an entirely new avenue of research for Dr Kevin Nolan, whose primary interest is in studying the flow of liquids and gases – fluid dynamics.