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DCU plays key role in 4 successful DTIF projects

DCU plays key role in 4 successful DTIF projects

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD have unveiled the 27 innovative projects who are sharing over €75 million in funding out to 2021 under the first tranche of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund.

They include a scheme to help communities generate their own electricity, new treatments for sepsis, a support system for coastal flooding and advanced 3D printing of medical implants.

27 projects from sectors like life sciences, medical devices, ICT, manufacturing, food, agriculture, energy sustainability and the creative industries made successful applications for this first round of funding. All include collaborations between start-ups, SMEs, multinationals and academic institutions. Every project involves at least one SME and many are led by an SME. Over the next ten years some €500 million will be allocated through the fund, which was announced as part of Project Ireland 2040.

DCU has played a key role in the following four successful projects:

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Consortium Members: Davra Networks, DANALTO, INTEL, Dublin City University
Project Summary: The goal of this project is to provide a reliable, verifiable and secure end-to-end remote patient monitoring system which has rich data, affordable & reliable network connectivity, machine learning and data integrity at its core.
Research Priority Area and Technologies: Health & Wellbeing; ICT – Internet of Things
Enterprise Partner Locations: Davra – Dublin; Danalto – Dublin; Intel – Kildare
Award (subject to contract negotiation): €3.0m

Title: Future Software Systems Architectures
Consortium Members: Dublin City University & Lero, FOURTHEOREM, FINEOS
Project Summary: This project will leverage the internet network capability (and to some extent the Internet of Things) as a means to rapidly operationalise new software features. Central to this project will be the capacity to transform traditional slow software development organisations   into rapid feature delivery firm. AI research is also a feature
Research Priority Area and Technologies: ICT – IoT, AI, Digital Platforms and Applications
Enterprise Partner Locations: Fourtheorem – Cork; Fineos – Dublin
Award (subject to contract negotiation): €1.6m

Title: Irish Lasers for the Internet of the Future (iLife)
Consortium Members: Pilot Photonics, Dublin City University and Trinity College Dublin
Project Summary: This project proposes a solution to the impending “capacity   crunch” problem for optical telecommunication and datacentre networks using optical frequency comb sources, a new type of laser which can replace the single mode lasers that have been used in long haul optical transport equipment for two decades.
Research Priority Area and Technologies: ICT – Future Networks, IoT
Enterprise Partner Locations: Dublin
Award (subject to contract negotiation): €1.6m

Title: Advanced Environmental Decision Support System for Coastal Areas
Consortium Members: Techworks Marine Ltd. Dublin City University
Project Summary: This project will provide an advanced environmental decision support system to address issues such as coastal pollution and flooding. Such a system will provide enhanced insights to coastal industries, local authorities, government agencies and will ultimately benefit Irish society.
Research Priority Area and Technologies: Energy, Climate Action & Sustainability; ICT – Data Analytics, Platforms and Content
Enterprise Partner Locations: Dublin
Award (subject to contract negotiation): €1.1m

The full list of 27 successful awards is available here: https://bit.ly/2UxDdwU

The projects can use the funding to develop and deploy their disruptive innovative technologies on a commercial basis. The Fund is a key part of the Government’s ‘Future Jobs’ initiative, a new whole-of Government plan to secure Ireland’s economic success, starting in 2019. It is one of the first funds of its type in the world and is aimed at tackling national and global challenges to secure the jobs of the future.

Announcing the successful projects at a special event at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin today, the Taoiseach said: “The creation of this fund is particularly timely when we consider the vast and rapid technological advancements that are taking place. Today everything is faster, more efficient, and more easily accessible. We must adapt to a future of greater digitalisation and automation. Today’s school children will be employed in jobs and industries that don’t exist yet. Technology will eliminate or transform existing occupations.

“We are currently developing a new Plan, the Future Jobs Initiative, to meet these challenges and ensure we assist industry to create and sustain good jobs for our people in light of future challenges and opportunities. The Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund is central to the Future Jobs Programme. It’s our way of stimulating private investment in new technologies and ways of doing business, and building stronger links between higher education, multinationals and Irish SMEs.”

Minister Humphreys said: “This Fund is about ensuring that Ireland can stay ahead of the game to secure the jobs of the future.

“Disruptive technologies will significantly change the way that we work and live and we need to embrace the changes coming our way.

 “A recent OECD study estimated that the average Irish worker faced a 46 per cent probability of being automated by the 2030s so we cannot afford to stand still.

“We are lucky in this country to have amazing companies that are doing amazing things in technology, both indigenous and multinational. We also have world-class researchers so there is a lot we can achieve by working together.

“These 27 projects have devised groundbreaking solutions that will help us to future-proof our economy.”

Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, said of today’s announcement: “With the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund, the Irish Government is supporting exactly the kind of fund that Ireland needs right now as we embrace the opportunities and challenges that disruptive technologies innovation bring to our workplaces and homes. These projects represent exciting collaborations happening between Ireland’s cutting-edge research base and our vibrant, dynamic enterprise and start-up community, reflecting the excellent skills we have here. I am delighted to support projects that will help to position Ireland as a Global Innovation Leader and lead the way in driving disruptive technologies innovation.”

Over 300 applications were made under the first round. Successful projects have made it through a highly competitive process involving screening by a panel of international experts.

Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD said: “These projects represent exciting collaborations on disruptive technologies innovation and show the immense societal and economic benefit that can be gained from engaging positively with disruptive technologies.”

Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland, who are providing support in managing calls under the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund said:“We see every day, through our market offices, how innovation is the key differentiator for Irish companies in competing and winning in global markets. The DTIF provides unique supports to ambitious SME’s and researchers to help them collaborate on the development of innovative technologies that have the potential to transform how markets and businesses work. The 27 proposals approved under this first call have the potential to be game-changers in their sectors, and to dominate in niche sectors globally. We look forward to continuing to work with these teams, to help them achieve their full global ambition.”


10th December, 2018
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