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Irish funding success

2016: €7.8 million for Irish Health Research in year three of Horizon 2020

Irish health researchers have secured €7,827,218 of the available health budget for 2016 and continue to be very successful in Horizon 2020.

A total of 13 projects including one R&I coordinator and one SME instrument coordinator were funded.


The Coordinator for the R&I grant is:

  • Professor Ruairi Brugha, Royal College of Surgeons with a project on scaling up safe surgery for district and rural populations in Africa. (€1.6 million).


 SME Coordinator (SME Instrument Phase 2)

  • SiriusXT, a high throughput bench-top, Soft X-Ray Microscope – The SXT100. The only high throughput lab based solution for imaging subcellular structures (€3 million).


A list of all 13 projects is available to download below.

The Department of Health and health agencies are continuing to play an important role as successful partners in EU research teams. The Health Research Board is a partner in a project on building sustainable and resilient health system models. The HSE and Department of Health are involved in a new initiative on Human Biomonitoring to monitor and carry out scientific assessment of human exposures to chemicals and potential health impacts in Europe.

Ireland is competing strongly in the area of ‘Big Data supporting Public Health policies.’ Two successful Irish projects in this area were the top two ranked projects in the EU. One of the projects with Irish partners from UCD and Children’s University Hospital is on Big data for Childhood obesity. Big Data infrastructures allow the engagement of European citizens in the data collection process, allowing reshaping of policies at a regional, national and European level. This will be facilitated through the development of a platform, allowing the quantification of behavioural community patterns through Big Data provided by wearables and eHealth devices. The project will reach out to more than 25,000 school and age-matched obese children and adolescents across Europe as sources for community data.

The other project is led by University of Ulster and involves making better use of healthcare data. DCU and IBM Ireland are partners in this project. The project will use hardware and software solutions to connect fragmented health data and enable policymakers to use it.

Irish health researchers are successfully competing at the highest level for EU funding.  These latest results show Irish research institutions, SMEs, hospitals, multinationals and public agencies now working in high-calibre health research collaborations with our European counterparts.

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