Thursday, 25 October 2018

Ceisteanna (161)

Barry Cowen


161. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the breakdown of the €47,770,000 capital allocation in higher education (details supplied) within his Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and completed in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44537/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The 2018 funding under this subhead is provided to three organisations; the Irish Research Council (€34.05m), HEAnet (€5.45m) and the Irish Centre for High End Computing (€1.1m). The allocation of the additional €7m to the subhead in 2019 between these organisations is currently being finalised.    

The Irish Research Council's remit is to support and enhance human capital development, in particular at postgraduate and early stage postdoctoral researcher levels, and to encourage independent exploratory research. Its remit covers the full range of disciplines spanning the humanities, social sciences, business, law, sciences, engineering and technology.

HEAnet is Ireland’s National Education and Research Network, providing internet connectivity and associated ICT services to higher education and research organisations throughout Ireland. Its e-Infrastructure services underpin the academic research and education activity for the third level sector.

The Irish Centre for High End Computing is Ireland's national high performance computer centre, providing high-performance computing services, support, education and training for researchers in higher education institutions and enterprise.