Longford applicants urged to avail of €4 million energy research project fund

2019 SEAI National Energy Research Development and Demonstration Funding programme launched

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Longford applicants urged to avail of €4 million energy research project fund

The 2019 SEAI National Energy Research Development and Demonstration Funding programme has been launched.

The 2019 SEAI National Energy Research Development and Demonstration Funding programme, a government funded initiative which funds innovative energy research projects, has been launched.

Up to €4 million is available this year to fund research projects which will help to drive Ireland's transition to a clean and secure energy future.  Successful applicants will be leading research projects on ways to decarbonize Ireland’s national energy supply and will be able to demonstrate potential for promising results.

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Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton TD is currently developing an all of government plan to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change. Putting Ireland’s energy use on a sustainable path is key to realising that ambition. 

Applications to the programme are open today (Monday, January 21) and will close on March 7, 2019. Applications are open to companies, universities, institutes of technology, publicly funded research institutions, public sector bodies and semi-state bodies who are based in the Republic of Ireland.

Minister Bruton said, “I am determined to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change. Putting Ireland’s energy use on a sustainable path is key to realising that ambition. We as government, must invest in research to help drive discovery of the new technologies and solutions required for Ireland’s low carbon energy transition.”

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Jim Gannon, CEO of SEAI said, “Energy research and innovation are crucial components of Ireland’s transition to a low carbon economy, and represent one of the core parts of SEAI strategy. 2018 saw development of a new multi-year funding model; strategic co-funding partnerships; a stronger role for SEAI in national energy RD&D policy development and the appointment of SEAI’s Dr Phil Hemmingway as Ireland’s SETPlan Steering Committee representative. 2019 will involve further refinement and expansion of our research and innovation policy support roles and programme offerings.” 

SEAI have successfully developed new strategic co-funding partnerships with ESB Group, Gas Networks Ireland and the Geological Survey of Ireland as part of the 2019 call. This demonstrates the value and impact which the SEAI RD&D programme continues to generate, and represents an exemplar practice in the context of public funding of research in Ireland.

Further information is available on the SEAI RD&D Funding Programme webpage.

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