Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Ceisteanna (307)

Kathleen Funchion

Ceist:

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]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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.