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Science funder recaps on 2013 and offers plans for 2014

Ireland saw €300 million invested in seven major research centres and the launch of several new research schemes during 2013. At least two more such centres will be opened during 2014, according to an end of year review and forward plan released by funding body Science Foundation Ireland.

The foundation recorded 17 spinout companies, 30 licensed technologies and 25 patents awarded in its review. Its researchers were involved in 1,067 collaborations with 702 companies and had international collaborations in over 60 countries, it said.

Priorities for 2014 included maximising the funding won from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research budget. There are plans for a research fellowship worth €150,000 over two years to encourage more women to remain in science or return to the lab after career breaks.

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