The government has announced 40 million euros for a North-South research program under the Shared Island Fund.
The package is intended to support the deepening of links between higher education institutions (HEIs), researchers and research communities on the island of Ireland – and is the fund’s largest allocation of $ 500 million. euros to date.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister of Higher and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris announced details of the program on Monday.
“All island research cooperation is one of my government’s top priorities and the allocation of 40 million euros from the Shared Island Fund … sends a clear signal of our commitment to fostering new research collaborations North-South, ”said Martin.
The program will bring together individual researchers, research teams and third-level institutions from the North and South, collaborating in a range of fields and work programs, he added.
There is already significant cooperation on research of mutual interest, including environment and water quality; the development of agricultural and food products and the fight against climate change.
This work will build on the cooperation that already exists between partner institutions “on issues that concern us all,” Harris said.
“This funding will help individual researchers based in an Irish HEI to collaborate with a researcher from a HEI in Northern Ireland on an identified research project, or research teams to collaborate on an agreed work program”, a- he added.
Higher Education Authority chief executive Dr Alan Wall said the funding would allow HEA to support a range of cross-border research projects of different sizes and across disciplines.
“The program will build on our successful third-level institutional research program, where we have supported comprehensive capacity building across the research system,” he said.
The funding will support individual researchers on both sides of the border and emerging poles of excellence. The largest funding, however, will be given to collaboration between higher education institutions taking into account their respective strategic research priorities. They will be able to receive up to € 1 million per year over a total of four years.