3 Irish companies secure over €5m from Horizon 2020 SME instrument

Ireland aims to win €1.25 bn – an average of €3M per week – over lifetime of 7 year programme.

Three Irish companies were successful in securing almost €5.33 million between them from a total budget of €99.96 million under phase 2 of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument. Out of the 69 successful SMEs to achieve the Phase 2 funding, the 3 Irish companies were;Valitacell Ltd, Diania Ltd, and SwiftComply TopCo LtdIn this phase of the SME instrument, each project can receive up to €2.5 million, or €5 million for health projects, to finance innovation activities.

Dublin based Valitacell Ltd. develops biotechnology which allows companies to deliver faster and cheaper processing of bio-therapeutic drugs.

Galway based Diania Ltd is working on the commercialisation of advanced extrusion technologies through materials innovation to enhance the performance functionality of catheter based medical devices.

Dublin based SwiftComply TopCo has developed an innovative and exciting new approach to delivering and monitoring hospitality compliance, the Horizon 2020 funding will enable them to push this forward.

The funding allows the successful companies to invest in innovation activities such as demonstration, testing, piloting, scaling up and miniaturisation, in addition to developing a mature business plan for their product.

The companies will also benefit from 12 days of business coaching. Most projects are proposed by a single SME but some companies team-up to elaborate a project.

The next cut-off for applications from SMEs to Phase 2 of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument is on 18/10/2017.

Contact sean.burke@enterprise-ireland.com for further information.

Irish Examiner: supplement on 60 years of European Unity

Researchers aided by the EU play a major role across the globe in developing valuable ideas, writes Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.

HORIZON 2020, the EU’s instrument supporting research, innovation, and science worth nearly €80bn over the next seven years, is one of the most open publicly funded programmes of its kind worldwide.

Representatives from the research, education, private, and public sectors from 185 different countries have already participated in the previous EU R&D framework programme.

From Accra to Adelaide, from Buenos Aires to Beijing, European researchers and industries have collaborated and continue to do so with partners around the world on a range of different topics.

Global societal challenges such as climate change, food security, an ageing population, energy security, and combating disease, require an increasingly concerted international research effort.

European scientists and researchers must work in a spirit of co-operation with the best international talent if Europe is to create the goods, processes, and services necessary to tackle these societal challenges.

Minister Halligan welcomes the appointment of Sharon Bailey as the Chairperson of the European Association of Research Managers Administrators (EARMA)

Minister Halligan welcomes the appointment of Sharon Bailey as the Chairperson of the European Association of Research Managers Administrators (EARMA) – DJEI, 28th April 2017

The Minister for Skills, Training and Innovation, John Halligan TD, today welcomes the appointment of Sharon Bailey as the Chairperson of the European Association of Research Managers Administrators (EARMA). Ms Bailey, currently Director of Research Finance & Operations in University College Dublin (UCD,) is the first woman elected to this role.EARMA represents the community of Research Managers and Administrators (RM&As) in Europe. It currently has more than 1,000 members, across 40 Countries, who work in industry, academia, the public and private sectors. EARMA works with the EU Commission, as well as national and international funding agencies. It provides a networking forum, a learning platform, and a place to share experiences and best practice in the wider RM&A community.Minister Halligan said “The appointment of Sharon Bailey is a fantastic achievement both for her personally and the Irish research community. I wish to extend my congratulations to Ms Bailey and wish her every success in her new role. Gender equality in research and development continues to be a priority area for my Department, both nationally and at EU level.”https://www.djei.ie/en/News-And-Events/Department-News/2017/April/28042017d.html


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Minister Halligan welcomes Ireland’s continued success in winning EU funding for Research and Innovation

  • Ireland wins a total €386 million of EU funding
  • This includes 82 individual awards of more than €1 million to companies and Higher Education Institutions.

11th April 2017
The Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation, John Halligan T.D. today (11th April 2017) 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.

Ireland’s best performance was in the Marie Skłodowska-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.

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.

Minister Halligan said that “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”.

Minister Halligan added “Research and Innovation are at the core of the Government’s enterprise strategy for creating new, sustainable jobs. Innovation is vital if companies are to succeed in international markets. The Government allocated €761million for Research and Innovation in 2016 and I am very pleased to see that this national investment is being leveraged to access EU funding”.

Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, commented “I congratulate all the successful winners of EU Horizon 2020 funding and strongly encourage others to try again, or apply for the first time, to these important, competitive, research funding programmes from the European Commission. I am particularly pleased to see: Irish researchers in Industry and Academia lead and win major projects; SFI Research Centres collaborate to secure major funding under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie programme; and the substantial improvement in Ireland’s success at the European Research Council. This competitively won European funding compliments and leverages the investments made nationally.”

Dr Imelda Lambkin, National Director for Horizon 2020, said “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. Successes range from companies such as OPENHYDRO GROUP, EIRECOMPOSITES TEORANTA and SCHWUNDGRAD ENERGIE in Fast Track to Innovation, to TEAGASC, UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK and UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK in co-funding programmes to develop the next generation of research leaders’’.


For more information contact Press Office, D/Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Tel:016312200 or press.office@djei.ie

Horizon 2020 is the EU Framework Programme for research and innovation. It runs over the period 2014-2020 and has a total budget of €75 billion. Enterprise Ireland leads the national support network for Horizon 2020, which assists companies and academics to apply for funding under the programme.

The funding to date, €386 million, represents 1.70% of the total EU budget committed, €22.7 billion. Ireland’s national target of securing €1.25 billion in EU funding is equivalent to 1.67% of overall H2020 budget.

EU market provides healthy returns for Galway based Chanelle

Building up a strong presence in European markets required vision and tenacity for Co Galway based Chanelle Group, one of the many successful Irish companies supported by Enterprise Ireland.

 “I made the strategic decision to concentrate on the EU in 1996 as I felt there were better opportunities there in the long term and it was a higher price market”

Chanelle Group in Loughrea, Co Galway epitomises what can be achieved in eurozone markets by an Irish company when its leader takes a long-term view and recognises the importance of investment in research and development (R&D).

Currently employing 395 people and exporting to 80 countries worldwide, Chanelle specialises in the development, production, marketing and distribution of generic animal and human pharmaceutical products.

Chanelle’s turnover has doubled over the past five years to reach over €100m in 2016. The EU accounts for about 83% of overall sales.

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Four Irish SMEs to receive EU grants of €50,000 each

Four Irish SMEs are to receive EU grants of €50 000 each under the latest round of Horizon 2020 funding announced today.

Three Dublin-based firms and one company from Galway will receive the award which is provided under phase 1 of Horizon.

Caraglass was successful in its funding for “iSafe”, an Internet Safety Awareness for European primary school children and Accucolour for “PET-Yield”, a new manufacturing method to carry out a more efficient, waste-reducing production of plastic bottles.

Meanwhile, InvizBox is to get a grant for “InvizBox GO 4G” –  an innovative approach to securing data on the internet and mbryonics for “Raven” or Real Time Access To Virtual Earth Observation Network.

Each project will receive €50,000 to finance feasibility studies for new products that can disrupt the market – and they can also ask for up to three days of free business coaching.

The SME can also apply for Phase 2 support – which is usually between €500,000 and €2.5m – if the project’s feasibility study shows that it could be developed into a successful product on the open market.

Overall, 184 European SMEs were selected for funding for this round, with most of the projects in the area of IT and communications.

In total, 47 Irish SMEs have been awarded Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase 1 funding since its launch in 2014, putting Ireland in 12th place overall.

Louise Kelly
Irish Independent



Ireland’s Horizon 2020 support network in Brussels to discuss and influence next phase of Horizon 2020 and future EU Research and Innovation programme

Press Release

14 March 2017

Ireland’s Horizon 2020 support network in Brussels to discuss and influence next phase of Horizon 2020 and future EU Research and Innovation programme

Ireland’s support network of national delegates and contact points are meeting EC policy officials today at Enterprise Ireland’s Brussels office, to hear first-hand how they can influence the remaining Horizon 2020 work programmes.

When the Irish Government launched its strategy for Horizon 2020 in December 2013, it also announced an ambitious target of €1.25bn to Ireland by the end of the seven year programme (2014-2020).

Official European Commission data shows Ireland successfully winning competitive proposals to-date to the value of €386.5 million. This is slightly ahead of the government’s target and is reflective of the strong Irish participation by both academic and industry researchers.

However, this is no time for complacency on the part of the support network which is led by Dr Imelda Lambkin, National Director Horizon 2020. 2017 is an important year in the European calendar as the mid-term review of Horizon 2020, along with the early discussions on the next framework programme (FP9) and the new multi-annual financial framework (EC budget) are all being negotiated in Brussels over the coming months.

Whilst the government is pleased with Ireland’s performance in Horizon 2020 to-date, they remain focused on increasing key performance areas and are mindful of a number of initiatives and political developments which could impact on their ambitious target. In particular, they are keeping a watchful eye on the Interim Evaluation of Horizon 2020 and its impact on the development of the plans for its successor, as well as monitoring developments in areas such as the new European Innovation Council, Open Science and the potential effects of “Brexit”.

Ireland’s top programme area in Horizon 2020 is the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MCSA) which supports mobility and training of researchers and has secured €59.7m in funding, just ahead of the ICT Leadership in Industrial Technologies programme at €59.6m.

Dr Imelda Lambkin, Enterprise Ireland and National Director of Ireland’s Horizon 2020 support network said she is “delighted” by the success of Irish participants to-date, claiming it shows “real evidence” of the talent and abilities throughout Ireland.

Dr. Lambkin said she and her team are “working to influence the 2018-2020 programmes” so that researchers, in Irish research institutes and company-based, can access greater funding. It has already been seen in the early part of the programme that those using the services of the national support “tend to double their chances of success in the programme”.


For more information contact: Evelyn Smith, Manager, EU R&I Liaison, Enterprise Ireland, Sablon Tower (14th floor), Rue Joseph Stevens 7, 1000 Bruxelles

Tel: +32 2 673 98 66


Enterprise Ireland secures €5M from EU’s Horizon 2020 to bring 50 international academics to Ireland

Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Julie Sinnamon, CEO announced details of Enterprise Ireland’s Career-FIT programme on 14 February 2017.

Career-FIT is a postdoctoral fellowship programme, part-funded by Horizon 2020 and Enterprise Ireland with the aim of bringing 50 high-level research fellows into Ireland to work in the Enterprise Ireland Technology Centres.

These centres which are jointly supported by IDA Ireland deliver industry-focussed research to the 482 company members. The Career-FIT programme is designed to help fill the skills gap in some of the Technology Centres ensuring that Irish companies have access to the best academic researchers in their industry sector.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Mitchell O’Connor said; “The Career-FIT programme is the first of its kind, addressing the skills shortage in industry-focussed research in Irish Technology Centres. This programme will benefit both the successful academic researchers and the Irish companies connected with the industry-focussed Technology Centres”.

A key feature of Career-FIT is the opportunity for experienced researchers from outside Ireland to develop their careers in market focused applied research through 3 year fellowships with secondment into industry through Ireland’s Technology Centres.

Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland said; “Enterprise Ireland connects business and academic research to drive new innovative products, processes and services, helping Irish companies to develop a competitive edge in international markets.

The Career-FIT programme will facilitate the placement of 50 international academic experts in 13 Technology Centres where they will work on industry-led research of direct relevance and value to Irish businesses.

The outputs of the collaboration will help Irish companies to build scale, and expand their reach in global market”.

Each multidisciplinary centre offers excellent facilities and equipment for Fellow use: experienced scientific staff to support the Fellow’s research and extensive enterprise relationships on which market focused applied research can be progressed.

There will be two calls under the Career-FIT programme. The first call has an application deadline of 31 March 2017. The second call will open in 2018. There will be 25 fellowships awarded in each call.

For more information contact the Enterprise Ireland Career-FIT Help Desk.

Telephone: +353-1-727 2665

E-mail: careerfit@enterprise-ireland.com

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 713654.


Go2Tender Workshops 2017

A series of Go-2-Tender workshops organised by InterTradeIreland have been developed to give SMEs the confidence, knowledge and practical skills to tender successfully for public sector contracts in their own jurisdiction and on a cross-border basis.  The first workshop will be held on 25th January in Wexford “Introduction to Tendering Workshop” for small business owners, sole traders and start-ups and is a half day training targeting the micro sector, these seminars focus on low value/under threshold opportunities. Further two day workshops aimed at SMEs are being rolled out throughout the country starting on 2nd February and running through to December 2017.

The programme is geared towards SMEs who are new to tendering or who want to improve their basic tendering skills.  The course consists of a two day workshop and a half day of mentoring.  This mentoring may be extended by up to 2 additional days and all mentoring is delivered by an experienced consultant to assist with tender development.

Go to Go-2-Tender  for event details and application form.






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