The Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan has today welcomed the latest results on Ireland’s success in securing competitive funding from the Horizon 2020 programme.
Researchers and companies in Ireland have won a total of €386 million in EU funding from the Horizon 2020 programme from 2014 to February 2017. Higher Education Institutions accounted for €221 million, or 57% of the total and companies won €126 million, or 33%. SMEs received €78 million of the funding to companies.
To date 82 individual participants (companies and researchers) have secured funding of more than €1 million.
This performance means that Ireland is on track to achieve its national target of securing €1.25 billion in EU funding over the course of Horizon 2020.
Ireland’s best performance was in the Marie Skodowska-Curie Actions sub-programme which supports the training and mobility of researchers. Ireland has secured €70 million from this programme, equivalent to 3.1% of the committed EU budget.
Ireland’s next best programmes were the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and European Research Council programmes which yielded €62 million and €49 million, respectively.
Welcoming the news, Minister Halligan said, "I am delighted to see the continued success of companies and higher education institutions in Ireland in winning EU funding in open competitions with their peers across the EU. This clearly demonstrates the excellence of the research being undertaken in Ireland."
National Director for Horizon 2020, Dr Imelda Lambkin added, "The latest results showcase Ireland’s growing leadership in collaborative research, development and innovation projects, with new projects in sectors such as Agri-Food, Energy, Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies."