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SFI Industry RD&I Fellowships announced

Thursday, 20 June, 2024

Robotically Drilled Subsea Micropile Anchors for Floating Wind Farms, in collaboration with Subsea Micropiles Ltd.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Patrick O’Donovan TD, has today announced a €1.4 million investment in 15 awards through the SFI Industry RD&I Fellowship Programme.

The programme will support the temporary placement of academic researchers in 12 companies, to conduct research across a variety of areas including energy efficient communications networks, electrochemical sensors for rapid medical diagnostics, seaweed extract for use in cosmetics and health products, moorings for offshore wind platforms, and reducing cement’s carbon footprint using new generation low clinker cement technology.

Minister O’Donovan said: “I am delighted to announce the SFI Industry RD&I Fellowship Programme recipients, connecting academic researchers and industry partners to collaborate and mutually benefit from each other’s invaluable knowledge and expertise. Academic-Industry collaborations maximise the economic and societal impact of Irish State-funded research and resources, and foster impactful innovation. I look forward to seeing the achievements that will shape the years ahead.”

The industry partners collaborating on these awards will provide co-funding with a total value exceeding €1 million. Industry partners will benefit from the expertise of the Fellow, while Fellows are provided with an opportunity to be immersed into industry and gain relevant business knowledge and experience.

Dr Siobhan Roche, Director, Science for the Economy at Science Foundation Ireland,said: “Science Foundation Ireland is really pleased to support these academia-industry connections. This funding supports colleagues in academia to bring their research knowledge and skills to an industry partner and work collaboratively on solutions to industry‐informed challenges. The SFI Industry RD&I Fellowship Programme provides a unique opportunity for researchers, drives research excellence through knowledge exchange, and enhances the industry partners’ competitive advantage.”

UCD's SFI Industry RD&I Fellows are:

Fellowships can have a duration of between one and 12 months if full-time, and between two and 24 months if part-time. Fellows are from nine higher education institutes, including Trinity College Dublin, University of Galway, University of Limerick, University College Dublin, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Science, Technological University of the Shannon, University College Cork, Atlantic Technological University, and Dublin City University.

The collaborating industry partners include: Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), GlasPort Bio Ltd., Subsea Micropiles Ltd., EireComposites, BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc., Dublin Offshore Technology, Ecocem, Eblana Photonics, Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, NEG8 Carbon, and Bantry Marine Research Station.

Applications for the 2024 SFI Industry RD&I Fellowship call are now open - deadline for submissions is 26 June 2024. For more information on the SFI Industry RD&I Fellowship Programme, visit the programme webpage (opens in a new window)SFI Industry RD&I Fellowship Programme.

See the full list of Fellows for the current programme:

Research Body Proposal Title Lead Applicant Industry Partner Award Amount

University of Galway

Methane mitigation using peroxide-based additives: Effect of substrates composition and rumen changes

Alejandra Villa

GlasPort Bio Ltd.


University of Limerick (UL)

Advancing Polyimide Thin Film Processing for High Voltage Applications

Amit Kumar

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI)


University of Limerick (UL)

ChemiSorb: development of solid chemisorbents to enable Direct Air Capture of CO2

Andrey Bezrukov

NEG8 Carbon


RCSI University of Medicine and Health Science (RCSI)

MVR: Modelling Mitral Valve Realities - A Framework for Creating a Virtual Patient Population for Finite Element Analysis

Hyab Mehari Abraha



University College Dublin (UCD)

The Development of a Cytometry-based Platform to Detect, Sort and Characterise Extracellular Vesicles from Human Plasma as a Liquid Biopsy Technology

Kieran Brennan

Beckman Coulter Life Sciences


Dublin City University (DCU)

Development of integrated optical sources for high capacity and energy efficient Data Centre, Access & 6G Networks

Liam Barry

Eblana Photonics


Technological University of the Shannon (TUS)

A Comparative Study on the Mechanical and Fracture Toughness Performance of Eco-Friendly Recyclable Composites Reinforced with Natural Materials

Mohamad Alsaadi



University of Galway

Bio-Interface development for application as electrochemical sensors for measuring analytes in blood

Rakesh Kumar

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI)


University College Dublin (UCD)

SafeAnchor: Robotically Drilled Subsea Micropile Anchors for Floating Wind Farms

Ramon Varghese

Subsea Micropiles Ltd.


University College Cork (UCC)

Sustainable Biorefinery Setup for the Recovery of Fucoidan from Cultivated Brown Seaweed for Industrial Applications

Rochak Mittal

Bantry Marine Research Station


Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

Passive Autoclave Thermal Cycle Detection

Sayuj Sasidharan

Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI)


Dublin City University (DCU)

Understanding the impact of changes to complex basal media components on CHO cell biology and utilising novel Process Analytical Technology to determine biomass in a microcarrier process

Selvaprakash Karuppuchamy

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.


Atlantic Technological University (ATU)

Making ACT binder with Irish materials and optimizing it for Irish concrete

Suhaib Salawdeh



University College Dublin (UCD)

Reducing mooring loads for offshore wind platforms

Syed Ahmad Hasan

Dublin Offshore Technology


University of Galway

PHAs as delivery carriers for cattle feed supplements

Tania Palmeiro-Sanchez

GlasPort Bio Ltd.


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