Top level navigation

Breadcrumb to current page

Main content

Funding success in 2015

2015: €14.8 million for Irish health researchers in year two of H2020

Irish health researchers have secured 2.49 % of the available health budget, exceeding the 1.5% HRB bottom up target of €8.15m and the 2% stretched target of €10.87m. These targets were set as part of an ambitious national target adopted to draw down €1.25b in funding over the seven years of the programme.

A total of 12 projects including two R&I coordinators and four SME instrument coordinators have been funded.

The two coordinators for R&I grants were:

  • Dr Mary Murphy, REMEDI, NUI Galway with a project on the development of closed, scalable and automated robotic systems for therapeutic stem-cell manufacturing. (€2.99 million).
  • Dr John Dinsmore, Health Innovation Lead/Deputy Director, Trinity Centre for Practice & Healthcare Innovation (TCPHI), School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin. (€2.55 million).

Irish SME’s performed well in the new SME instrument topic on the validation of biomarkers and/or diagnostic medical devices. Four SME’s won a little over €7 million between them with Irish coordinators in Phase 1 and Phase 2:

Phase 1:

  • Hibergene Diagnostics Limited, Real time molecular diagnostic testing for human infectious diseases using LAMP (Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification) technology (€50,000).
  • Atturos, Strategic planning for commercialisation of a multiplexed protein diagnostic (Dx) blood test for Organ-Confined Prostate Cancer (€50,000).

Phase 2:

  • Oncomark Ltd (Mairin Rafferty/Liam Gallagher), Novel Prognostic Assay for Early Stage Breast Cancer (2.75 million).
  • PMD Device Solutions (Myles Murray), Enabling 70% of patient population to be continuously monitored leading to a 20% reduction in adverse respiratory compromised patient events (€4.2 million).

A list of all 12 successful projects is available to download below.

Ireland is performing very well in health for a second year despite a 25% increase in applications to the first stage of the two-stage call compared to 2014 coupled with a reduction in the total budget available.

In 2015, there were only two coordinators funded in R&I proposals compared to 4 in 2014 but they received only slightly less funding than the four in 2014. The two SME Instrument coordinators funded, received more funding than the two funded in 2014 (approximately €7m compared with approximately €5m in 2014). There were about half the number of partners funded in proposals coordinated from outside Ireland compared to 2014.

New instruments such as Pre Commercial Procurement have been funded with ICT for Health and the SME instrument still doing well in 2015.

Search the HRB website

Other information and links