Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Ceisteanna (175)

Catherine Connolly

Ceist:

175. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the amount of funding her Department provided to Science Foundation Ireland in 2017, 2018 and 2019, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [40925/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

Details of the funding provided by my Department to Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) in 2017, 2018 and 2019 is attached in tabular form as follows.

Year

Current

Capital

Revised Estimates Volume allocation€000

Plus sanctioned Deferred Surrender (Capital Carryover) *€000

Supplementary Estimate **€000

Total annual allocation€000

2017

10,131

162,500

172,631

X

10,600

183,231

2018

10,815

172,250***

183,065

X

8,740

191,805

2019

11,565

188,250****

199,815

6,800

X

206,615

*Capital carryover may be permitted from one financial year to the next and requires the formal approval of the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform each year. As is evidenced from the table Science Foundation Ireland’s allocation was enhanced in 2019 with the provision of capital carryover amounts from unspent capital monies arising elsewhere in the Department’s Vote.

**In 2017 and 2018 additional capital monies were also provided to Science Foundation Ireland by the Houses of the Oireachtas through the approved Supplementary Estimates process.

***The 2018 Capital allocation includes €5.5m in dedicated funding for a PhD/Research Masters scheme. This programme is administered by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and will fund postgraduate enrolments in disciplines under their remit.

**** The 2019 Capital allocation includes €15.5m in dedicated funding for PhD/Research Masters enrolment through the new Centres for Research Training. This programme is administered by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and will fund postgraduate enrolments in disciplines under their remit.