TUS awarded €12 million in research funding

The Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) Moylish campus.

THE Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) is to get €12million in funding under an €84 million government injection to enhance research and innovation opportunities throughout the technological university sector.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD announced the funding on Wednesday.

The programme will establish, equip, and staff regional research and innovation offices within technological universities (TUs) to help strengthen engagement with local and regional business, industry, and enterprise stakeholders.

It is also directed at attracting more people into the technological sector, including staff development, recruitment, postgraduate training and supervision, networking, and collaborative knowledge-transfer and mobility schemes.

“I am very pleased to announce, with the assistance of the European Regional Development Fund, the allocation of almost €84 million in funding to our five TUs,” Minister Harris said.

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“The technological universities are uniquely placed to link with local and regional enterprises, particularly small and medium enterprises, to support them to turn innovation opportunities into real-world actuality.

“TUs are catalysts of regional development and support the skills and employment agendas regionally and nationally. This significant research-oriented funding will further enhance their capacity in this regard, ensuring that as a nation Ireland will be recognised as a world-leader in research and innovation for years to come.”

TU RISE is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Union through the Southern, Eastern, and Midland and the Northern and Western Regional Programmes, 2021-27.