Thursday, 7 February 2019

Ceisteanna (149)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

149. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the breakdown of the €368,054,000 capital allocation in innovation within her Department for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced and completed in 2019, in tabular from; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6043/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

The table below sets out the breakdown of the capital allocation of €368,054,000 across my Department’s Innovation programme.

REV 2019

€,000

Capital

B - INNOVATION

368,054

B.4 - SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

300,250

Enterprise Ireland

122,000

Science Foundation Ireland

172,750

Tyndall Institute

5,500

B.5 - PROGRAMME FOR RESEARCH IN THIRD LEVEL INSTITUTIONS

24,300

PRTLI Cycle 5

1,878

SFI PhD Programme

15,500

E-Journals

5,700

ICHEC (Inc. PRACE 2.0)

1,222

B.6 - SUBSCRIPTIONS TO INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS, ETC.

23,504

European Molecular Biology Conf

202

European Molecular Biology Laboratory

1,248

EUREKA - Involved in S&T Research

33

COST

11

European Space Agency

18,313

CECAM

30

LOFAR

91

ELIXIR

76

ESO (European Southern Observatory)

3,500

B.9 - DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES INNOVATION FUND

20,000

The Deputy will appreciate that much of the capital supports provided through the Department’s Innovation Programme are by way of grants to develop and promote Innovation including supporting research focused bodies such as SFI, Enterprise Ireland, Tyndall Institute, supporting Ireland’s membership of International Research Organisations such as the European Space Agency, the European Southern Observatory and other Research focused Agencies.

The 2019 capital allocation to the Department’s Innovation Programme represents an increase of 12.28% on the 2018 allocation of €327.8m. The additional €40 m in capital monies secured for the Innovation Programme in 2019 will support a number of new initiatives, including

- The provision of €20million to roll out First Phase of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund; The provision of an additional €2.75million in capital monies to meet the full year cost of European Southern Observatory membership;

- The provision of an additional €10million in capital funding to meet the full year cost of the new PhD/Research Masters Programme;

- The provision of an additional €500k in capital funding to further support our membership of the European Space Agency

- The provision of additional €5million in capital to support the renewal of six SFI world-class research centres,

- The provision of an additional €1million in capital for SFI’s Strategic Partnership Programme;

- The provision of an additional €1million in funding to support the development of the Tyndall Institute

The provision of this additional capital funding demonstrates the Government’s commitment to supporting business to enable them to innovate and compete in a global marketplace as envisaged in Innovation 2020 the Government’s national strategy for Research & Development.