Geoscience Ireland (GI) is delighted to welcome the announcement of the new Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geoscience (ICRAG). The new initiative brings together all of the main Geoscience research units in Ireland, with strong links to government and industry, and will have a total value, over 6 years of c.€24m, 70% funded by Science Foundation Ireland and 30% by 53 industrial partners. Led by University College Dublin, the centre also includes Principal Investigators from TCD, NUIG and UCC, with academic collaborators at DCU, DIAS and Maynooth University.
GI has been involved with the initiative from the outset, when “Geoscience underpinning economic development”, was included as a theme in the SFI 2013 call for research centres. GI staff assisted in the development of the proposal and helped to garner industrial support, which includes the members of the GI/EI managed Geoscience Ireland business cluster. As befits an applied centre, focused on researching into and helping to develop Irelands natural resources, the Irish Petroleum Infrastructure Programme are a leading industrial sponsor. In total the 53 companies that are partners in the centre will provide data and staff time equivalent to 20% and cash to 10% of the cost of the centre.