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Dr John Morrissey secures SFI TIDA funding

7 Feb 2019
Dr John P Morrissey, School of Microbiology, UCC. Image: John Sheehan

Dr John Morrissey was one of 5 researchers in UCC to be awarded project development funding from the prestigious Science Foundation Ireland’s Technology Innovation Development Award (TIDA) funding programme.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, today announced €4.5 million in funding for 38 research projects; the awards will support 47 research positions in areas such as cancer research, preterm infant care, medical devices, agriculture, energy and food technologies.

SFI's TIDA programme provides project development funding and training in entrepreneurship skills to third-level researchers, enabling them to demonstrate the technical feasibility of an applied research project directed toward the development of technologies, products, processes or services that hold potential for further commercial development. The researchers will participate in the new SFI Spark Pre-Accelerator, an intensive five-day programme delivered by the DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, said: “The programme is aligned with a number of key Government strategies including Innovation 2020, the National Policy Statement on Entrepreneurship in Ireland and Project Ireland 2040. It will develop important entrepreneurship skills and commercialisation capabilities, ensuring Ireland maintains its position as a leader in cutting-edge research.”


The research projects supported by the SFI TIDA programmes will be funded through 12 research bodies: Trinity College Dublin (11), National University of Ireland Galway (5), University College Cork (4); University College Dublin (4); Dublin City University (3); Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (3), University Limerick (2), National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (2), Tyndall National Institute (1), National University of Ireland Maynooth (1), Dublin Institute of Technology (1) and Cork Institute of Technology (1).


Dr John Morrissey is researching new food technologies for sufferers of IBS and other disorders.


Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland said a key objective of the programme is to increase the number and quality of discoveries that have strong economic impact potential, that can secure follow-on public or private investment. "The TIDA programme plays a key role in this process by providing funding to develop technologies, as well as fostering entrepreneurship skills among our research community.”


Further information and full list of awards here.


School of Microbiology

Scoil na Micribhitheolaíochta

Microbiology Office, Room FSB452, 4th Floor Food Science & Technology Building, University College Cork, Cork T12 Y337