ADAPT and CONNECT SFI Research Centres among five receiving €193 million investment

Five Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centres – including ADAPT and CONNECT, which are led by Trinity College Dublin – have received a total investment of €193 million from SFI to build on their successes and continue to grow Ireland’s research infrastructure.

In addition to ADAPT, the SFI Research Centre for AI-Driven Digital Content Technology and CONNECT, the SFI Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications, the other Centres receiving this second phase of funding are: CÚRAM, the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices led by NUI Galway; iCRAG, the SFI Research Centre in Applied Geosciences led by University College Dublin; Lero, the SFI Research Centre for Software, led by University of Limerick.

ADAPT has been awarded €42 million to extend its next phase of research over the next six years.

Since launching,  ADAPT’s researchers have signed 43 collaborative research projects, 52 licence agreements and oversee 16 active commercialisation funds and 52 commercialisation awards.

With a goal of a Balanced Digital Society by 2030, ADAPT is pioneering new Human Centric AI techniques and technologies including personalisation, natural language processing as well as setting the standard for data governance, privacy, and ethics for digital content. ADAPT researchers are based across eight leading Irish Higher Education Institutions: TCD, DCU, MTU, TU Dublin, UCD, NUIM, NUIG and AIT.

CONNECT has been awarded approximately €39 million to extend its next phase of research over the next six years. CONNECT’s mission is to research and develop innovative solutions for the communications challenges facing society today.

Since launching, over 300 CONNECT researchers across 10 Higher Education Institutes including UCC, Tyndall National Institute and MTU  have signed 75 collaborative research projects with 44 companies from 9 countries, who have invested €14.24 million in the Centre (€6.39 million cash and €7.85 million in-kind). A further €23.5 million has been won in non-exchequer, non-commercial awards, primarily via the EU’s Horizon 2020 competition. Five spinout companies have been formed. The Centre’s researchers have filed 52 patents, 37 license agreements and made 158 Invention Disclosures.

CONNECT researchers have won €4 million in competitive funding from Enterprise Ireland’s Commercialisation Fund Programme, and a further €3.5 million from Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Partnership Programme. CONNECT researchers are participating in 3 Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF) projects with funding of nearly €7 million.

CONNECT’s researchers have produced over 1,500 journal and conference publications. Over 140 PhD and MSc students have been trained.