Thursday, 24 October 2013

Questions (92)

Eric J. Byrne

Question:

92. Deputy Eric Byrne asked the Minister for Finance his views on the multiple independent procurement of research grant management software by agencies under the control of his Department and the total cost to the taxpayer of these systems; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the same supplier has supplied all but one of these systems and that all are compliant with European Commission standards on the exchange of research information and are all capable of being integrated into one grant management system, as has been done in the US and the UK with the consequent savings that produces; the reason, despite the existence of a national research platform report, no progress has been made on the implementation of an integrated national research platform; and if his attention has been drawn to the consequent diversion of resources in research bodies HEs and others to the management of these multiple systems and away from the proper good governance of public resources spent on research. [45566/13]

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Written answers (Question to Finance)

In response to the Deputy’s question I am not aware of the procurement of research grant management software by any agency under the remit of my Department.