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Building relationships, partnerships and trust between industry and academia is of utmost importance to NUI Galway TTO and one which can be of mutual benefit to both parties especially when it can lead to commercial successes. If you are interested in engaging with NUI Galway as a collaborative partner please contact the Ignite TTO and we will be happy to assist you.

Science Foundation Ireland

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) invests in academic researchers and research teams who are most likely to generate new knowledge, leading edge technologies and competitive enterprises in the fields of science and engineering underpinning three broad areas:

  • Biotechnology
  • Information and communications technology
  • Sustainable energy and energy-efficient technologies

SFI makes grants based upon the merit review of distinguished scientists.

SFI also advances co-operative efforts among education, government, and industry that support its fields of emphasis and promotes Ireland’s ensuing achievements around the world.



Focus on Innovation: Continuous innovation plays a central role in Ireland’s future as a knowledge-based economy. Recognising this, the Irish Government put in place a national Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (SSTI) in the 1990s. Following from this significant funding and support are available to fuel innovation across industry, research and education.

This strategy is now paying dividends, fostering a new generation of innovators, supporting exciting collaborative projects and delivering future solutions to the marketplace.


FP7 in Ireland

Ireland has already benefitted greatly from previous EU Framework programmes, with our third level and company-based researchers drawing down almost €200 million from the Sixth EU Framework Programme.

The Seventh EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) was launched at the end of 2006 with a budget of approximately €50 billion covering the period 2007 to 2013. Under the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (SSTI) 2006-2013, Ireland has set a goal to become a leader in research and development and innovation. The SSTI sets a target of €400 million to be secured by Irish participants in FP7. This target was set, however, before the final structure and budgets for FP7 had been finalised.

At the start of FP7, work took place to establish a set of indicators by which Irish participation in FP7 would be monitored and to propose a new, more detailed set of targets for Irish participation in the programme up to the end of 2013. Based on the work undertaken, the Cabinet Committee has agreed that the total share of EU funding to be targeted by Ireland over the lifetime of FP7 should be in the region of €600 million.

The National Support Network for FP7 in Ireland was established in 2006 to ensure that Ireland gets maximum benefit from FP7.


Research Grants

The Research Office has responsibility for the development and promotion of the University's research effort, with the ultimate objective of increasing the overall research performance of NUI Galway in the domain of research. The Ignite TTO works alongside the research functions in NUI Galway to ensure that industry and academics avail of the research grant most suitable to their needs and give the best commercial / business outcome. See grant opportunities.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 covers research and innovation funding throughout Europe. The new programme, which will run from January 2014 to December 2020, aims to strengthen the EU’s global position in research, innovation and technology, aiming to create new growth and jobs in Europe.

Horizon 2020 is about enhancing Europe's long-term competitiveness by delivering a steady flow of world-class research. It will support the best ideas and develop solutions, focusing on making Europe an attractive location for the world's best researchers, research, technology development and business opportunity.

Horizon 2020 aims to make Europe a more attractive location for investment by promoting activities where businesses is at the core of what is being researched and developed. It will provide major investment in key industrial technologies and help innovative SMEs to grow into world-leading companies.

For more Information in relation to Horizon 2020 please review the link to the Enterprise Ireland’s information directory below:


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