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.
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 current 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).
The rapid response call, an agile and adaptive initiative, was designed to support the development of innovative solutions (including STEM-based, social/behavioural science) that can have rapid demonstrable impact on the current COVID-19 crisis in Ireland.
The rapid response call has resulted in more than 180 applications to date, 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. 5 awards have been approved valued at €1.7m following international review.
Featured project: Inspire Research Group, NUI Galway
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It is planned to redefine the scope of the programme with targeted initiatives in focused areas of research taking into account the portfolio of successful awards made to date with a focus on the ongoing societal and scientific challenges arising from the pandemic.
Further information on the programme, including future opportunities, is available from SFI on COVID-19 Rapid Response.