The European Commission has announced that 23 projects were short-listed for funding with a total of €128.2 million involving 347 research teams from 40 countries in Europe under the emergency funding action issued in May. Nine Irish researchers and companies were awarded over €2.9m under the funding action.
Projects were funded in the areas of rapid repurposing of manufacturing for vital medical supplies and equipment (€22.1m), behavioural, social and economic impacts of the outbreak responses (€28 million), pan-European Covid-19 cohorts (€19.9m) and collaboration of existing EU and international cohorts of relevance to Covid-19 (€3m) and medical technologies, digital tools and artificial intelligence analytics to improve surveillance and care at High Technology Readiness Levels (€55.2m).
Irish applicants did particularly well in the area of medical technologies, digital tools and artificial Intelligence analytics.
To date, Irish companies and researchers have been awarded and contracted in excess of €987m in funding under Horizon 2020 with more to come. Enterprise Ireland say there continues to be many opportunities for Irish enterprises and researchers under the Horizon 2020 Programme, including calls for proposals under the European Green Deal, worth circa €1bn that will be issued in the autumn.”
Enterprise Ireland is encouraging all Irish researchers and innovators to look at the remaining opportunities under the Programme and to contact their National Contact Points in Enterprise Ireland and across the Horizon 2020 national support network for information, guidance and expert support in evaluating opportunities and making applications.
Speaking following the announcement, National Director for Horizon 2020 at Enterprise Ireland, Garrett Murray said, "This announcement is a great success for Ireland and is testament to the capability and talent within the Irish research and innovation system particularly in areas relevant to the challenges posed by Covid-19. As citizens we rely on our innovators and researchers to help us overcome some our greatest societal challenges and as drivers of economic growth."