The International Strategic Cooperation Award (ISCA) programme, funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), supports new and existing research-based collaborations between Ireland’s Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and partner organisations in four designated countries: Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, India, and Japan—termed collectively as the “Partner Countries”. The award provides the funding to coordinate and carry out a range of activities designed to initiate and/or strengthen academic and associated linkages between one or more of SFI’s eligible research bodies and one or more organisations in one of the four Partner Countries.
WIT is delighted to be involved in four of the SFI ISCAs. These programmes are very synergistic with other ongoing international activities at WIT, including the coordination of the EU FP7 Building International Cooperation for Trustworthy ICT (BIC) project, which includes Brazil and India as core target countries. It also builds well on the on-going work of the WIT International Office in these target countries.
Research Brazil Ireland (RBI) brings together Irish third-level institutions and research centres as a consortium to drive a coordinated national approach to promote Ireland’s scientific and technological reputation in Brazil and to highlight Ireland’s attractiveness as an international research partner. The programme develops research and educational links between the two countries across five thematic areas:
- Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
- Environmental Science and Technologies
- Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology
- Biopharmaceuticals, Biotechnology and Health
- Sustainable Energy and Agroproduction.
The Irish institutions involved in RBI are Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University of Limerick, Waterford Institute of Technology, University College Dublin and Dundalk Institute of Technology.
For more details on how to benefit from the ISCA Brazil programme in availing of mobility funding (travel only) to develop collaborations with researchers in Brazil, please contact Jim Clarke who leads activities at WIT.
China Ireland Research is led by University College Dublin, together with its partners University College Cork, National University of Ireland Galway, Teagasc, University of Limerick, Waterford Institute of Technology and Cork Institute of Technology. The consortium was formed in 2012 to build a cohesive infrastructure for the development of strategic links between Irish Research Institutions and Chinese academia and industry. The ISCA programme has allowed the consortium to build on existing individual strengths and consolidate their interactions around a shared agenda to develop research and innovation collaborations in the three key thematic areas of:
The China Ireland Research consortium has taken a targeted and focused programme approach to both priority areas and activities. The thematic areas are key national research priorities and major elements of Ireland’s economy. They are also areas where the partners have a strong research reputation. This thematic focus was supplemented with a strong regional strategy that initially identified three regional bases – Beijing, Shanghai, and the Shenzhen-Hong Kong area – in which to focus.
For more details on how to benefit from the ISCA programme in availing of mobility funding (travel only) to develop collaborations with researchers in China, contact Dr Alan Davy who leads activities at WIT.
Note: There is another SFI ISCA China project with NUI Maynooth as coordinator, in collaboration with Dublin City University, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin and the Dublin Institute of Technology together with 39 different Chinese institutions. For further information visit ISCP China.
Research Ireland India (RII) serves as a portal for any Indian academic or industrial group interested in expanding their activities to Ireland, and provides a coordinated national approach to promote Ireland´s scientific and technological reputation in India. The programme aims to develop research and educational links between the two countries in all areas of mutual interest that lie within the remit of SFI, and to provide opportunities for the exchange of ideas and the development of joint innovative proposals. The envisaged outcomes include:
- increased impact of Irish and Indian research through synergy of scale and engagement of complementary expertise
- increased access to non-exchequer funds for both countries from international (EU-Horizon 2020) and private sources
- increased entry of high-skilled Indian students and scientists in Irish R&D
- the promotion of Ireland as a desirable place for education, research and technology
- increased communication and improved relationships between the two countries.
Trinity College Dublin is leading the ISCA India Consortium together with its partners: Cork Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, NUI Galway, Waterford Institute of Technology and University College Cork.
For more details on how to benefit from the ISCA programme in availing of mobility funding (travel only) to develop collaborations with researchers in India, please contact Jim Clarke who leads activities at WIT.
The ISCA Japan consortium, announced by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny during his visit to Japan in December 2013, proposes to develop a programme of activities to expand on existing linkages between the Irish and Japanese research communities. The programme aims to establish a framework for a higher level of academic and industrial interaction between Ireland and Japan, and will develop a range of activities around six broad themes:
- Advanced manufacturing and materials
- Environmental and climate sciences and technologies
- ICT and Big Data analytics
- Imaging and optics
- Future healthcare including connected health
- Medical devices and regenerative medicine.
Led by NUI Galway, the Irish institutions involved in the Japan consortium are Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, National Institute for Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT), NUI Maynooth, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, University of Limerick and Waterford Institute of Technology.
For more details on how to benefit from the ISCA programme in availing of mobility funding (travel only) to develop collaborations with researchers in Japan, please contact Dr Alan Davy who leads activities at WIT.