DIT receives funding through Science Foundation of Ireland’s TIDA Awards

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DIT researchers have been awarded funding for three research projects through the Science Foundation Ireland’s Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA), in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland.

Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD, announced funding of €6.9 million for a range of research awards. These included the three DIT projects, led by Principal Investigators Professor Gerald Farrell, Dr. P.J. Cullen and Dr. Aidan Meade who were successful in their bids for funding for the following projects:

  • Professor Gerald Farrell, Photonics Research Centre for the development of an ‘Ultrasensitive Fibre Optic Nose for Environmental, Food & Medical Devices’ - The project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of a novel low-cost, portable and more sensitive all-fibre approach to the detection and classification of multiple specific chemical compounds for applications in food and environmental monitoring, industrial process control, and as a non-invasive diagnostic tool in medicine.
  • Dr PJ Cullen, Food & Health Research Centre: “Non-invasive cold plasma wound healing (Plasma-Aid)” – a novel approach not only to sterilise wounds, but also to trigger selective natural mechanisms of blood coagulation to aid wound healing.
  • Dr Aidan Meade, Radiation and Environmental Science Centre, for the project “Development of spectroscopic imaging for applications in radiotherapeutic treatment planning". The project will employ novel spectroscopic technologies to optimize treatment planning for radiotherapy in oesophageal and rectal cancer.

Minister Sean Sherlock said, “The TIDA programme focuses on commercially relevant research projects. It will enable numerous research teams to take the first steps in developing new discoveries and inventions with commercial potential.

“Today’s funding announcement will help deliver the commercialisation of excellent research taking place in Ireland in a range of areas such as ICT, ‘Big Data’, medical technologies and food, amongst other things. These are areas of significant employment and should provide additional opportunities for Ireland.”

DIT colleagues pictured at the announcement at the Science Gallery in Dublin with Minister Sherlock were Professor Gerald Farrell, Head of the School of Electronic and Communications Engineering, Professor Eugene Coyle, Head of External Research Support in DIT, Professor Fiona Lyng of the Radiation and Environmental Science Centre and Dr. Aidan Meade, Lecturer in the School of Physics.

Incorporated into the TIDA programme is an entrepreneurship training course to consolidate and intensify the entrepreneurial skills of postdoctoral researchers active in SFI funded research labs.

A full list of awards is available at www.sfi.ie.

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