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New SFI Research Centre, iCRAG, Launched

15 December 2015


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iCRAG Principal Investigators at the launch of the Research Centre with Minister Damien English and Prof Mark Ferguson, Director General of Science Foundation Ireland.

On 2nd December the Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD officially launched iCRAG, the newly established Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre. The Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences will focus on the discovery, de-risking and sourcing of raw materials, water and energy resources that are critical to our economy.

Professors Laurence Gill and Bruce Misstear from the School of Engineering will be leading several projects in the Groundwater research spoke for this new Centre. iCRAG also hosts many researchers from the TCD School of Natural Sciences led by Professor Balz Kamber (Dept. of Geology) involved in the raw materials, water and energy research areas.

iCRAG is a collaboration between UCD, TCD, NUIG, UCC, NUIM and DIAS and industry who will work in partnerships with government agencies involved in the geosciences sector. The Centre brings together 150 researchers with over 50 industry partners to address Ireland’s resource security challenges. The centre will receive funding of €18 million from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through the SFI Research Centres Programme, with an additional €8 million from 55 industry partners.

 

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