The Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, yesterday announced the latest results on Ireland’s success in the EU’s programme on research and innovation, Horizon 2020.
From the programme’s inception in 2014 to September 2017, Ireland has won €475 million in Horizon 2020. Higher Education Institutes accounted for just under €255 million out of this funding. Industry won just over €160 million, of which €98.6 million was awarded to SMEs.
Speaking yesterday, Minister Halligan said, "To date, Ireland has won €475 million in competitive funding and is now poised to capitalise on the opportunity of the Horizon 2020 work programme for 2018 -2020 with its budget of €30 billion. Ireland is already a winner in Horizon 2020 but we cannot be complacent As we enter the final work programme of Horizon 2020, I encourage all researchers; in companies, Higher Education Institutes and public bodies, to be ambitious in the next stage of Horizon 2020. These are the entities which are already competing at the highest levels of European research, I urge them to engage with the National Support Network for Horizon 2020 to seize this opportunity."