Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Questions (307)

Kathleen Funchion


307. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the estimated cost in 2019 if the budget for Science Foundation Ireland increased by 8%. [5450/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

My Department has allocated €206.61m in current and capital funding to Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in 2019. This amount is comprised of €11.56m in current and €195.05m in capital funding.

SFI’s 2019 capital allocation includes an amount of €6.8m in capital carryover provision and €15.5m in dedicated funding for PhD/Research Masters enrolment through the new Centres for Research Training. This programme is administered by SFI and will fund postgraduate enrolments in disciplines under its remit.

A further increase of 8% in SFI’s 2019 budget allocation would cost an additional €16.53m.