Funding & Expertise for Research & Innovation, Galway

Gathering a picture of the myriad of funding supports and expertise available to help business innovation is a major challenge.  This IRDG event will bring all the key players into one room – to put that jigsaw together for you.

The available supports continue to develop year on year, so if you are interested in funding innovation this is your opportunity to be up to date for 2017.  You will hear from all the relevant organisations, whilst also learning from the experience of companies who have previously availed of such funding.

Thursday, 2nd February 2017
Seminar from 9am to 1.30pm, with networking from 8.00am

IRDG Funding & Expertise for Research & Innovation Galway 2017, funding innovation


09:00 Denis Hayes, IRDG – Overview & Welcome

09:20 David Murphy, NUIG – Making the case for business academia collaboration
09:40 Gearóid Mooney, Enterprise Ireland – Collaboration & Financial support for RD&I via Enterprise Ireland and IDA
10:00 Barry Fennell, Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) – Intellectual Property Protocol
10:15 Siobhán Roche, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) – Building Partnerships between Industry & Academia
10:30 Alan Morrow, InterTradeIreland – Industry Supports for Innovation and Collaboration

10:45 Q&A Session
10:55 Networking Break

11:30 Deirdre Quinn, Irish Research Council – Matching Research Skills to Enterprise Needs

Sean Burke, Horizon 2020 European Advisor, Enterprise Ireland – Opportunities for Irish Companies in H2020

12.15 Q&A Session

12:25 Industry Case Studies (3 x 10 mins)
1. Michael Gilvarry, VP of R&D and Technical Operations, Neuravi
2. Fintan O’Malley, Project Manager, Fidelity Investments
3. Barry Twomey, Chief Technical Officer, EnBio
12:55 Panel Discussion:  Eugene McCarthy (GMIT), David Murphy (NUIG), Gearóid Mooney (Enterprise Ireland) and 3 the Industry Speakers from above.

13:30 Light Lunch, Networking & Close

Venue Location & Accommodation – Clayton Hotel Galway

Located just off the M6 motorway, Clayton Hotel Galway is easily accessible to guests from all over Ireland.

IRDG has a corporate rate with the Clayton Hotel Galway, of €79 B&B.  This is subject to availability. Please contact the hotel directly, and mention the IRDG event when booking – 091-721900.


All Third Level Colleges & Institutes who are members of IRDG are invited to exhibit at this event, without charge. Please contact Mary Byrne (087-6501215) directly to reserve a stand.

Non-members in the Third Level Sector are also welcome and a fee will apply.  Please contact Mary, details above.

Confirmed Exhibitors

NUI Galway GMIT & MET Gateway
Trinity Research & Innovation CAPPA Centre at CIT
LERO – The Irish Software Research Centre Limerick Institute of Technology
Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre APT (Advance Processing Technology) Research Centre
Athlone Institute of Technology IT Carlow
Invent DCU Science Foundation Ireland
Horizon 2020 Irish Research Council
Knowledge Transfer Ireland InterTradeIreland
Enterprise Ireland Marine Institute
University of Limerick Euraxess Ireland
TSSG at WIT – Applied Internet of Things Technology Gateway Cluster

CPD – Continuing Professional Development

IRDG is now a member of the CPD Certification Service. As such we have received approval to allocate CPD points for this Funding & Expertise for Research & Innovation event.

A certificate will be available to attendees after the event for anyone who wishes to avail of same.

Book your Place

Please contact Mary Byrne (087-6501215) in advance of booking if you have any queries about which Registration option is relevant to you.