The Impacts of Extreme Weather on EU Transport and Energy Infrastructure

  • RAIN – Risk Analysis of Infrastructure Networks for Extreme Weather Events
  • The FP7 project, RAIN, has been awarded funding by the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme,
  • €4.77 million project to examine the impacts of extreme weather events on EU transport and energy infrastructure, led by Researchers from the School of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin.

CASCADE: reducing energy use by airports

  • CASCADE is a FP7 funded project aiming to reduce energy use by airports of 20% with Irish assistance with research and development.
  • HVAC systems consume 50% of all energy at airports.
  • Airports are massive energy consumers and with 500 in the 28 European member states we need to find a solution.

3 researchers in Ireland win top-up funding from EU

Ireland have performed very well in the latest competition of the European Research Council (ERC) for its top-up funding ‘Proof of Concept’ awards, with 3 out of a total of 34 going to researchers in Ireland. The 3 top level researchers are Frederic Dias, University College Dublin; John Nolan, Waterford Institute of Technology; and Debra Fern Laefer, University College Dublin.

A New Horizon in European Research for Irish Universities

An action plan for participation of the Irish universities in Horizon 2020 was launched today by Minister for Research and Innovation Mr Sean Sherlock T.D. as part of the national launch of the European Union’s new Horizon 2020 Programme.

Conor O’Carroll, Irish Universities Association, Sean Sherlock T.D., Minister for Research & Innovation, Marie Geoghegan-Quinn, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science and Dr. Lokesh Joshi Chair of the IUA VP’s of Research Group

Conor O’Carroll, Irish Universities Association, Sean Sherlock T.D., Minister for Research & Innovation, Marie Geoghegan-Quinn, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science and Dr. Lokesh Joshi Chair of the IUA VP’s of Research Group

The action plan entitled “Horizon 2020: Sustaining Excellence in University Research & Innovation” outlines the position of the universities on the Horizon 2020 proposals and sets out a series of recommendations and actions to enhance the performance of Irish universities, giving the sector the best chance of success in Horizon 2020. The Irish Universities, in partnership with the private sector, have been the most successful participants in FP7 and their involvement is essential for Ireland to reach its target of securing over €1 billion in funding from Horizon 2020.

Speaking at the launch Minister Sean Sherlock said, “I welcome the renewed commitment of the universities to maximise their participation in Horizon 2020 across all areas. At a time when national funding for research must be carefully invested, it is critical that the universities and all public research institutions gain maximum leverage from exchequer funds”.

Commenting on the Action Plan, Chair of the IUA VP’s of Research Group Dr Lokesh Joshi said. “This is the first time the universities have published an action plan for a framework programme and it shows our serious intent to achieve success in Horizon 2020. We look forward to working with the Horizon 2020 National Support Network, national funding agencies and government in this regard. The universities are also fully committed to the National Research Prioritisation plan and we will ensure that our research strengths across the full spectrum of disciplines are maintained.”

Produced by the universities through the Irish Universities Association (IUA), the document identifies a series of actions which the universities will undertake to enhance their performance in Horizon 2020 including:

  •  Maintaining and increasing research excellence across all disciplines by improving the universities’ performance in European Research Council Calls. This will attracting excellent researchers to relocate to Ireland, and target those with high potential already here;
  •  Strengthening partnerships with the private sector to maximise the returns from the three Pillars of Horizon 2020 and ensure the implementation of the National Research Prioritisation plan;
  •  Maximising commercialisation opportunities from Horizon 2020 projects – the new Central Technology Transfer Office led by Dr. Alison Campbell OBE will take a key role in this aspect;
  •  Developing targeted Horizon 2020 funding strategies for large-scale research centres including the new SFI Centres;
  • Ensure an all island report by promoting extensive collaboration with universities and companies in Northern Ireland working with InterTrade Ireland and InvestNI.

In their plan, the universities also identify actions that can be taken by Government Departments, Research Funding Agencies and the National Support System that will significantly improve performance in Horizon 2020. There are two in particular:

  • Structuring national funding calls to allow researchers to build capacity in the Horizon 2020 research areas, thereby leveraging their national funding with Horizon 2020 funding;
  • Strategically using European Structural and Investment Funds to increase the research system’s capacity to participate in Horizon 2020, with particular reference to investment in human capital and research infrastructure. The universities are keen to take advantage of opportunities to harness the synergies between Horizon 2020 and Structural Funds, as foreseen by the Commission.

The Irish Research Council (IRC) sponsored Marie Curie Office at the Irish Universities Association will play a strong role in this Horizon 2020 National Support Network.  The Marie Curie National Contact Point and National Delegate are keen to build on Irish success in the FP7 Marie Curie Actions, which has been Ireland’s 2nd largest FP7 income stream with €83 million secured to the end of July this year.

The EURAXESS Ireland Office at the Irish Universities Association funded by the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation will play a complementary role, assisting researchers to relocate to Ireland including finding job and funding opportunities, and help with immigration.


For More Information contact:

Dr Jennifer Brennan, Marie Curie National Contact Point based at the Irish Universities Association.
Tel: 01 6764948. Email: jennifer.brennan@iua.ie

Espion Ltd announce €1.3 Million in EU R&D Funding

Specialists in securing corporate information, Espion, has been awarded R&D contracts worth a total of €1.3 million under the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7), as part of four large-scale projects

Seán Sherlock, T.D. Minister for Research and Innovation,  Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science join Espion managing director Colman Morrissey and Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland at the announcement of Espion Ltd’s EU R&D Funding

Seán Sherlock, T.D. Minister for Research and Innovation, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science join Espion managing director Colman Morrissey and Julie Sinnamon, CEO Enterprise Ireland at the announcement of Espion Ltd’s EU R&D Funding

As a key player in information security, Espion is committed to leveraging its knowledge to play a leading role in R&D. In the past two years the firm has increased investment in R&D and related participation in collaborative Pan-European research.

Congratulating Espion Ltd. Sean Sherlock T.D. Minister for Research and Innovation said; “Espion is an excellent example of an Irish SME participating in leading-edge, European R&D security/IT projects and leveraging this activity to develop its business proposition. Thanks to companies such as Espion, Ireland won €11M in European Commission security R&D funding in 2013 alone with €6M of that total going to SMEs.”

Espion managing director, Colmán Morrissey says: “This funding marks a significant milestone for Espion and endorses our capabilities around contributing to leading-edge R&D. We look forward to driving innovation in the tools, techniques and insights which are critical to the future of the industry.”

Using its strong track-record in security risk and cyber threat assessment around core enterprise networks and critical infrastructure, Espion will collaborate on four projects spanning Pan-European cyber security and emerging cyber threats.

Espion will be helping to shape the future of ICT Security and Forensics through: developing a technology for sharing and propagating security threat information across national and pan-European key critical infrastructures; providing the EU with a realistic R&D roadmap for the SME sector around cybercrime and cyber terrorism, as well as developing advanced cyber forensics software components that will focus on the convergence of physical and logical security technologies.

Espion is one of the largest digital Forensics & eDiscovery service providers in Europe – with vast experience in dealing with complex digital investigations and eDiscovery projects for stakeholders in law firms, corporations, government agencies and law enforcements.

In addition to this, Espion has software development skills, academia research experience, a deep understanding of Digital Forensic technologies and market environments, as well as vast experience of the diverse legislative environment around privacy and forensic data analysis, with Europe and beyond.

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  • The Department for Agriculture Food and the Marine
  • The Environmental Protection Agency Ireland
  • Health Research Board
  • Higher Education Authority
  • Irish Research Council
  •  Irish Universities Association
  • The Marine Institute
  • Science Foundation Ireland (SFI
  • The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Horizon 2020 national support network led by Enterprise Ireland