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COVID-19 Rapid Response Funding

A Rapid Response Research and Innovation programme to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic has been developed by the government’s research and innovation agencies.

COVID-19 Rapid Response

Joint Rapid Response Call

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Enterprise Ireland (EI), and IDA Ireland launched a joint rapid response call in March to fund research, development, and innovation (RD&I) activities to deliver significant and timely impact for Ireland within the context of the emergency. The call was closely co-ordinated with the rapid response call launched by the Health Research Board (HRB) and the Irish Research Council (IRC).

Phase 2 Call

Phase 2 of the Call aimed to support research in a number of thematic areas focused on advancing our knowledge of the virus and its impact on our health, and developing solutions that contribute to economic and societal recovery.

Successful projects

The initial rapid response call resulted in more than 500 applications, with significant numbers of applications in areas of relevance to frontline healthcare, diagnostics, infection control, contact tracing and management of the mitigation measures related to social distancing and isolation.

Featured project: Inspire Research Group, NUI Galway

Related press releases

24 September 2020: Minister Harris announces €5.5million in funding to 41 new projects through COVID-19 Rapid Response Research and Innovation Programme

09 June 2020: Minister Humphreys announces 11 new COVID-19 research and innovation projects building on previous investment

29 April 2020: Government announces 26 new COVID-19 research and innovation projects to complement existing third-level research activity

Further information

For further information visit SFI > COVID-19 Rapid Response Funding







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