Fri, 23 Oct 2020

DUBLIN, Ireland - The Irish government is to invest €5.5 million in 41 projects under the SFI led COVID-19 Rapid Response Research and Innovation Programme.

The 41 projects cover a wide range of areas including:
How to reduce damage to the skin on the face from PPE;
How we can decontaminate and provide face masks for reuse;
How to detect novel airborne surveillance of SARS-CoV2 in healthcare and airport environments;
The development of plastic packaging and firm resistant to Covid-19;
Early detection of secondary waves of COVID19 infection
Coronavirus-resistant plastic to reduce the risk of infection
The health and economic impacts of COVID-19 control measures
Protect Against COVID using Robot-Assisted Ultraviolet Disinfection
Home monitoring of respiration in COVID-19 patients using smartphone technology
Investigating Psychological and Social Effects of COVID-19
The COVID-19 Irish Citizens' Online Forum
Saliva sampling for the detection and diagnosis of COVID-19

"The 41 projects announced today are part of a national drive to find solutions to the challenges we face now, and to help us prepare to live in a changing environment that requires new thinking and innovative approaches. I would like to congratulate all of the researchers receiving funding today and thank them for their efforts in Ireland's collective response to COVID-19," Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris said Thursday.

Commenting on the awards, Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government, said: "The COVID-19 Rapid Response Research and Innovation funding is critical to supporting Ireland's National Action Plan in response to the pandemic. The projects announced today will play a pivotal role in developing societal and economic solutions to challenges we face. This is the fourth announcement of COVID-19 funding from SFI to support research projects across a number of Higher Education Institutes. In the global response to COVID-19, collaboration and partnership are key, so I am delighted that funding for 41 more outstanding projects is announced today. As a nation, we are stronger when we work together, and we will continue to generate solutions to the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic."

The programme was established by SFI, Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, the Health Research Board and Irish Research Council. Thursday's announcement builds on SFI's previous investment of €8 million across 17 COVID-19 research and innovation projects.

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