The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the critically important role research plays in addressing some of the major challenges faced by society. Tyndall National Institute’s advances in deep-tech research and innovation are having a significant impact in creating solutions for areas such as climate change, healthcare, and energy production within Europe. Tyndall’s expertise, infrastructure and discoveries ensures Ireland continues to be at the leading edge of scientific research and innovation.
Professor William Scanlon, Tyndall CEO, said, “the unique combination of deep-tech expertise, flexibility, state-of-the art infrastructure and impact focus within Tyndall allowed us to thrive, despite the challenges presented by Covid-19. In 2020, we continued to win prestigious funding awards for excellence in research, becoming the best in Ireland and one of the most successful institutes in Europe for H2020 funding in ICT.”
“Over the seven-year duration of the H2020 programme Tyndall has secured €62m in direct funding, which amounts to 111 projects, with over a third in the area of ICT. This positions us in the top five of RPOs in Europe, punching well above our size.”
Commenting on the launch of Tyndall’s 2020 Annual Report, Minister Simon Harris T.D., the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, said, “for 40 years, Tyndall has played a key role in securing Ireland’s international prominence within the ICT industry and particularly within the chip and semiconductor sector. We have seen how the application of advanced technology, developed at Tyndall, has a profound effect on the lives of citizens, as well as industry, through smart medical devices, high-speed telecommunications, robotics and automation, and the microelectronic chips that enable all of ICT.”
“As a leader in industry-academia collaboration I am reassured that Tyndall will continue to play its unique role and guide Ireland into the next epoch of technology and secure Ireland’s future as a worldwide technology leader, whilst supporting key Irish technology companies and SMEs.”
Tyndall increased industry engagement in 2020, new industry projects with a value of €12m were confirmed, of which 50% are with SME partners. Tyndall currently engage with over 200 multinational companies and SMEs from across Ireland and internationally.
2020 also saw Tyndall expand its national footprint with the creation of the Wireless Communications Research Laboratory in Dublin. The new lab, led by global pioneer in Small Cell Technology for mobile networks, Professor Holger Claussen, will host a wireless communications team that will focus on future telecommunication technologies. The resulting innovations will be of significant benefit to industry and has the potential to create high value start-ups with global impact.
This is aligned to Tyndall’s ambitious growth strategy, which includes a substantial investment in a new facility on Cork’s North Mall and plans to double in size and impact by 2025. Tyndall is actively recruiting to enhance its diverse and talented 600 strong research community.
The full Annual Report is available for download here.
Source: Tyndall National Institute