Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Strategic research cluster programme

Contact person 
Terry O'Brien
Institution 
South-East Regional Authority (SERA)
E-mail 
terry.obrien@southtippcoco.ie
Country 
Ireland
Do you want to share an instrument/policy or a knowledge Transfer practice? 
Innovation instrument(policy)
What are the following keywords/priorities which better fit the instrument/policy?  
R&D cooperation (joint projects, PPP with research institutes)
Indicate the country from which the instrument (or policy) is 
Ireland
What is the title/name of the instrument/policy? 
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Strategic research cluster programme
Indicate the target group/beneficiaries of the instrument/policy 
Higher educations institutions research units/centres
Other non-profit research organizations (not HEI)
What is the aim/objective? 
■Create clusters of internationally-competitive researchers from academia and industry, particularly Irish-based industry; ■Exploit opportunities in science and engineering where the complexity of the research agenda requires the advantages of synergy, scale and shared resources that clusters of research partners can provide; ■Facilitate the development of new research partnerships and the strengthening of existing partnerships between academic and industrial researchers; ■Build interdisciplinary links among researchers; ■Create awareness among academic-based researchers of industrial road maps and research goals; ■Support excellence in research as measured by international merit review; ■Support internationally leading investigations across disciplines that underpin biotechnology, information & communications technology, or both, and that are essential to the development and competitiveness of Ireland's industrial and commercial base. Main Policy Priorities: R&D cooperation (joint projects, PPP with research institutes) Other Policy Priorities: Strategic Research policies (long-term research agendas) Cluster framework policies
Give an overview of the instrument 
The Strategic Research Clusters programme seeks to link scientists and engineers in partnerships across academia and industry to address crucial research questions, foster the development of new and existing Irish-based technology companies and grow partnerships with industry that could make an important contribution to the Irish economy. Create clusters of internationally-competitive researchers from academia and industry, particularly Irish-based industry;targetting Scientists / researchers (as individuals) aswell as Higher education institutions research units/centres
What is the date of creation of this instrument? 
Sunday, January 1, 2006
Is the instrument/policy still active? 
Active
Identify the main outputs/results (quantitative and qualitative) of the implementation of this instrument 
Results - According to the 2011 annual report of Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), a total of 19 centres have been funded under the Strategic Research Clusters support measureNo indicators have been publicly specified for the measurement of outcomes. Support Measure evaluation Ex-Ante: No On-going/Mid-term: No Final/Ex-post: No The Strategic Research Cluster (SRC) Programme was launched in July 2006 and to-date there has been no published appraisal of projects funded by the Programme. .
What is the co-financing/maximum rate allowed by the instrument/policy (if appl.)? 
Co-financed by structural funds Contact http://www.sfi.ie/ for more information
Is this instrument/policy linked to a KT practice? 
No