New SFI TIDA awards for DIT research

5th December 2011: Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), has awarded almost €300k in three separate awards to DIT researchers working in the Photonics Research Centre (PRC) and in CREST - the Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology.

Earlier this year, SFI, in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland (EI), launched the TIDA 2011 Feasibility Study Award. This prestigious award is intended to fund commercially relevant applied research programmes . It enables researchers to focus on the first steps of an applied research project which, if further developed, has potential to be a commercial success. A Feasibility Study award is usually up to a maximum of €100,000 and covers direct costs for a period of 12 months.


SFI awards almost €300k to DIT researchers¿

The DIT award winners, and their research areas, are:

  • Dr Qiang Wu, Photonics Research Centre, DIT:
    “Optical acoustic sensing based on an SMS fibre structure”
  • Professor Gerald Farrell and Dr Ginu Rajan, Photonics Research Centre, DIT:
    “Sensorized Intra-luminal Staplers for laparoscopic Surgical Anastomosis”
  • Dr Brendan Duffy, Senior Research Manager, CREST, DIT:
    “Controlled Oxidation of Adsorbable Magnesium Stents”

The Photonics Research Centre in DIT undertakes research in photonics, with a particular emphasis on optical sensing. The Centre is located in the School of Electronic and Communications Engineering and is led by its Director, Professor Gerald Farrell and Principal Investigator, Yuliya Semenova. They are supported by a multi-national team of senior and post-doctoral researchers and doctoral graduate students.

DIT CREST is the leading surface coatings and corrosion control laboratory in Ireland. Dr Duffy, along with four of his colleagues was also recently presented with commercialisation awards by DIT and Enterprise Ireland for four individual licences:

  • Brendan Duffy, John Colreavy, Hugh Hayden and Rajath Varma for licensing anti-corrosion coatings to C&F Automotive.
  • Michael Whelan, John Colreavy and Hugh Hayden for licensing anti-bacterial coating for joinery products to Gem Group.
  • John Colreavy, Michael Whelan and Hugh Hayden for licensing anti-bacterial coatings for glass to Smartglass International Ltd.
  • Hugh Hayden, John Colreavy and Michael Whelan for licensing anti-bacterial coatings for stainless steel products to Yoruba Ltd.

CREST and Vitra will be exhibiting their research at the 1st European Commission Innovation Convention in Brussels 5th - 6th December. The event is being hosted by Commissioner Maire Geoghegan Quinn and Michael O’Leary will be heading up one of the sessions. Follow the link:

Congratulations to all the award winners!

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