The North-South Research Programme is a collaborative scheme arising from the Government’s Shared Island initiative. The €40 million NSRP funds allocated in July 2021 are being delivered by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) on behalf of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research Innovation and Science (DFHERIS).



Description of the North-South Research Programme (NSRP)

This programme aims to support collaborative research, innovation and development between individuals, research teams (in and between disciplines) as well as between higher education institutions – which will be of economic and social benefit to the island of Ireland.

Call 1 – 367 eligible proposals were submitted and independently assessed by an international panel with a broad range of expertise across research and strategic development in the higher education sector. €37.3M in Shared Island Unit and HEA funding was awarded under this Call.  Funding was awarded to 62 successful projects on the basis of excellence, assessed through a rigorous and independent international peer-review process. Applications were evaluated based on the assessment criteria set out in the Call document.

Call 2 Coming in 2024

Programme Documentation

NSRP 2021 Call Document

Statistics & Programme Awardees

Statistics, Infographics and Data

North-South Research Programme Awardees

Programme Administrators

Alexia Sammarco

Senior Executive Officer

Emilie Champenois

Executive Officer

Michael Duffy

Senior Executive Officer

research@hea.ie

Strand I - Researcher to Researcher

AIM4HEALTH

Artificial Intelligence approaches to addressing Mental Health inequalities in Ireland through improved diet and lifestyle

Professor Anne Molloy, Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

Professor Michaela Black, University of Ulster

University of Ulster

Building on the TUDA Study, AIM4HEALTH will use state-of-the-art scientific approaches, including Artificial Intelligence techniques to analyse data, to investigate risk factors contributing to depression and anxiety, and the dietary and lifestyle changes that should be implemented to help to improve mental health in older people.

BORDEX

The Post-Brexit Security Field on the Island of Ireland: The Role of Civil Society in Everyday Security

Dr Matt Bowden, Technological University Dublin

Technological University Dublin

Dr Amanda Kramer, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

BORDEX will produce new knowledge on the governance of (in)security, civil society resilience and the role of these institutions in maintaining peace and security; and will develop accessible outputs aimed at civil, policy and political actors to inform debate and develop the post-Brexit security field on the Island.

BRAN

“Our roots travel widely”: Irish Poetry Beyond Regionalism and Nationalism

Dr Karl O'Hanlon, Maynooth University

Maynooth University

Dr Gail McConnell, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

BRAN aims to look at poetry from all over the island under a new lens beyond Regionalism and Nationalism. We wish to recover and explore forgotten voices: feminists, international exchanges, politics outside the nationalist/unionist framework, and the migrants and minorities who enriched Irish poetry north and south.

CARTLANN

Activism, language and media: using the archival records of Conradh na Gaeilge to track the uneven development of Irish language policy on both sides of the border

Dr John Walsh, University of Galway

University of Galway

Dr Niall Comer, University of Ulster

University of Ulster

CARTLANN will use the archival records of Conradh na Gaeilge to track the uneven development of Irish language policy on both sides of the border.

CARTREGEN

Modelling and fabrication of microfibre reinforced composite constructs for repair and regeneration of articular cartilage

Professor Daniel Kelly, Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

Dr Krishnagoud Manda, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

CARTREGEN is aiming to develop stronger structures to regenerate articular cartilage through computational and experimental approaches. This can save massive experimental costs and time and also accelerate the development of regenerative strategies for treating damaged joints and other soft tissues in the body.

CEAB

Critical Epistemologies Across Borders

Professor Nuala Finnegan, University College Cork

University College Cork

Professor Fidelma Ashe, University of Ulster

University of Ulster

The aim of this study is to ensure that women are included in political discussions of changing relationships on the island of Ireland. This project uses innovative conflict mediation methods to facilitate women’s discussions on transitions in North-South relationships.

CO-DECIDE

Co-production of a decision-making framework for planning the place of end-of-life care for children, young people and their families on the island of Ireland

Professor Veronica Lambert, Dublin City University

Dublin City University

Dr Patricia McNeilly, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

CO-DECIDE aims to produce a decision-making framework to assist parents and healthcare providers to plan the place of end-of-life care for children with life-limiting, life-threatening and terminal conditions.

COSHARE

Consent, Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Equality in Higher Education

Dr Padraig MacNeela, University of Galway

University of Galway

Dr Susan Lagdon, University of Ulster

University of Ulster

The overall aim of this project is to produce an all-island strategy to surveying staff about their experiences and perspectives on consent and C-SVH in HE across the North and South of Ireland as well as facilitating knowledge exchange between academics and professionals.

COVICAT

Covid19 infection and vaccination in pregnancy:  An Irish cohort study and European ecological study to assess risks of congenital anomalies.

Dr Ali Khashan, University College Cork

University College Cork

Dr Maria Loane, University of Ulster

University of Ulster

Scientific uncertainty has contributed to hesitancy to take the vaccine on the part of pregnant women, despite their high-risk status. COVICAT will address the huge gap in scientific evidence regarding COVID-19 infection and vaccine uptake in pregnancy, and the effects of infection and vaccine on the developing foetus, particularly in the first trimester of pregnancy.

CREDA

Coupling CRISPR-Cas environmental DNA assays with lateral flow for rapid on-site detection of species of conservation management concern on the island of Ireland.

Professor Anne Parle-McDermott, Dublin City University

Dublin City University

Professor Paulo A. Prodohl, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

CREDA is seeking to support the conservation management of our threatened fish species and enhance the education and cultural understanding North and South.  This proposal aims to develop DNA based methods to detect specific fish species that can give results at the water source using a paper strip, similar to a pregnancy test.

DCT&GAW

Developing Combined Text & Graphic Alcohol Warnings: a North-South Initiative

Dr Frank Houghton, Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest

Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest

Dr Anne Campbell, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

As there are currently no laws in operation which require warning labels on alcohol products, this project aims to develop combined text and graphic alcohol warnings to make sure people understand the risks of alcohol.

DEFLATE

The Dramatic Effects of FKBPL on Adiposity via Gene Therapy

Dr Stephanie Annett, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Professor Helen McCarthy, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

DEFLATE aims to design and develop a new medicine to promote weight loss and reduce the complications associated with obesity.

DelHPIre

Delirium Health Professionals Ireland: Improving prevention, recognition and management of delirium across the island of Ireland through the co-design of an interdisciplinary digital resource for undergraduate healthcare students

Professor Alice Coffey, University of Limerick

University of Limerick

Dr Gary Mitchell, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

Delirium Health Professionals Ireland will create a digital learning resource for students of all health professions which will teach them about recognition, prevention and treatment for delirium in different care settings.

DTCyber

Developing Combined Text & Graphic Alcohol Warnings: a North-South Initiative

Dr Brian Lee, Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest

Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest

Dr Kieran McLaughlin, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

The use of Digital Twins (DT) for cyber-physical systems (CPS) cyber security is an emerging field and there are not many guidelines for CPS operators as to how to do so or what should be modelled. We will focus on providing an effective procedure to identify cyber and physical system components, data flows, and physical interactions to identify the appropriate boundaries of DTs that can support cyber-security monitoring of CPS subsystems.

ÉIREhemp

An all-island approach to sustainable high-value functional polysaccharides from low-value agricultural hemp waste products.

Dr Susanne Schilling, University College Dublin

University College Dublin

Professor Brian Green, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

In this new project, ÉIREhemp will screen a library of hemp lines to determine which are optimal for farmers to maximise their return on investment.

ENSPIRED

Enhancing Social Participation across Ireland for people with communication disabilities and differences

Dr Helen Kelly, University College Cork

University College Cork

Dr Lynda Kennedy, University of Ulster

University of Ulster

People with communication disability are at risk of being excluded from society, affecting relationships, and having less opportunities to work, socialise, and participate in everyday activities. Our project aims to tackle that.

EpiHyper

Effects of MTHFR 677 genotype and co-factor riboflavin on phenotypic behaviour and epigenetic profile in isogenic patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines during differentiation to vascular smooth muscle cells

Professor Mary Murphy, University of Galway

University of Galway

Dr Diane Lees-Murdock, University of Ulster

University of Ulster

EpiHyper is seeking to identify new targets based on individual genetic make-up that can respond more effectively to blood pressure treatments.

ExoBcell

Role of mesenchymal stromal cell extracellular vesicles in limiting B cell hyperactivation and autoimmune disease

Dr Meadhbh Brennan, University of Galway

University of Galway

Dr Dessi Malinova, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

Our research will provide essential knowledge of B cell immune responses and the therapeutic potential of mesenchymal stem cells extracellular vesicles for the treatment of autoimmune diseases.

FCCC-EoLEd

Family-Centred Cancer Care End of Life Education

Dr Carla O'Neill, University College Dublin

University College Dublin

Dr Cherith Semple, University of Ulster

University of Ulster

The aim of FCCC-EoLEd is to ensure all families in Ireland who have a mum or dad at end of life (EoL) will have the necessary psycho-oncology care through upskilling health and social care professionals to deliver much needed family-centred care, which is currently lacking.

FINIFOR

A Forested Island: The design and evaluation of an innovative financial instrument to scale investment in an all-Ireland native afforestation programme to enhance ecosystem services and carbon neutrality of the island’s agri-food and land use sectors.

Dr John Garvey, University of Limerick

University of Limerick

Professor George Hutchinson, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

FINIFOR aims to develop a new and novel financing mechanism that ensures rural communities and major Irish food companies can continue to thrive and also contribute to significant climate mitigation efforts.

FoodFraud

A study on the perceived exposure of the food and drink industry to food fraud in Northern Ireland versus the Republic of Ireland. Does BREXIT have any impact?: industry, regulatory and consumer perspectives.

Dr Fiona Lalor, University College Dublin

University College Dublin

Dr Sinead Furey, University of Ulster

University of Ulster

FoodFraud aims to identify food categories that are particularly vulnerable to food fraud and to map where in the food chain these vulnerabilities are most likely to occur.

HIGH-GREEN

Highly efficient and sensitive photonic sensors for monitoring greenhouse gases

Dr Fatima Gunning, University College Cork

University College Cork

Dr Hamza Shakeel, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

HIGH-GREEN aims to develop a miniaturised highly sensitive, accurate sensor for long-term use and monitoring greenhouse gas emissions, within the context of all-Ireland emissions monitoring.

I-SWAP

Irish Student Wellbeing and ADHD Project

Dr Louise McBride, Atlantic Technological University Donegal

Atlantic Technological University Donegal

Dr Elaine Murray, University of Ulster

University of Ulster

Our researchers have planned a comprehensive approach to improving our understanding of the needs of neurodivergent students as well as providing practical help.

IRBORDCUL

Irish Border Culture: Literature, Arts, and Policy – an interdisciplinary enquiry

Professor Eve Patten, Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

Dr Garrett Carr, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

IRBORDCUL will research and archive a wide range of literary and visual arts material on the border and present this in a sustainable and innovative open access digital archive as well as examining the history and impact of cultural policy over the period of the border’s existence.

IYCF-E-Ire

Developing an Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies Preparedness Plan for the island of Ireland.

Dr Elizabeth O'Sullivan, Technological University Dublin

Technological University Dublin

Dr Clare Patton, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

The proposed research will thoroughly investigate what would be needed for an infant and young child feeding in emergencies plan that would be appropriate in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Mechano-MS

Mechanical induction and long term stability of regulatory T cells in Multiple Sclerosis

Dr Eoin McEvoy, University of Galway

University of Galway

Prof Denise Fitzgerald, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

New fundamental insight into the dependence of Treg induction on physical forces will provide a ground-breaking advance in current understanding of tissue regeneration in Multiple Sclerosis. Our investigation will provide a foundation for developing new biomaterials and treatments for MS immunotherapy.

MES-AIE

Migrant and Employer Strategies post Brexit in an all-island economy

Professor Elaine Moriarty, Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

Dr Emma Calvert, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

MES-AIE wants to provide a detailed analysis of the experiences, intentions and strategies of EU nationals and employers in Ireland and Northern Ireland, who have been impacted by the UK’s change in immigration policy precipitated by Brexit.

MISTE

Multilingual Island: Sites of Translation and Encounter

Professor Anne O'Connor, University of Galway

University of Galway

Dr Piotr Blumczynski, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

MISTE will measure multilingual practices to investigate the role of translation in bringing together migrants/refugees and local communities; and to explore the creative potential of translation to raise awareness of cultural diversity in Ireland. The project compares approaches to language and migrant/refugee integration in different sites with a view to informing policy and best practice.

NeuVac

NeuVac mRNA based vaccine for children with neuroblastoma

Dr Olga Piskareva, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Professor Helen McCarthy, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

Our main objective is to develop the first mRNA vaccine against high-rick neuroblastoma – an aggressive childhood cancer of undeveloped nerves.

OSBMH

Our Shared Built Military Heritage: The online mapping, inventorying and recording of the Army Barracks of Ireland, 1690-1921

Associate Professor Charles Ivar McGrath, University College Dublin

University College Dublin

Dr Suzanne Forbes, The Open University

The Open University

OSBMH looks to uncover the story of the 400 army barracks across the island and to facilitate the general public in visiting these sites with a new understanding and appreciation for that history, and the place of these buildings and complexes within Ireland’s built heritage and culture.

OXI-SMART

Novel and Smart Optical Catheters for the Early Assessment of Hypoxic Tumours in Clinical Oncology

Professor Elfed Lewis, University of Limerick

University of Limerick

Professor Kevin Michael Prise, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

OXI-SMART will provide a unique and highly novel solution to the problem of monitoring and verifying tumour hypoxia levels.

PEPDELIVER

RALA nanocomplexes as a platform to mediate oral delivery of peptides using insulin as a prototype.

Professor David Brayden, University College Dublin

University College Dublin

Professor Helen O. McCarthy, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

PEPDELIVER will make a formulation of insulin to be given by the most convenient route, the oral route so that patients with diabetes will adhere better to dosing and will opt for insulin early in their disease to get better outcomes.

PROFESS 12

PROFessional skills for Engineering students

Professor Brian Bowe, Technological University Dublin

Technological University Dublin

Professor Margaret Morgan, University of Ulster

University of Ulster

PROFESS 12 will translate global research on engineering skills requirements to a local level: asking engineering employers, academics and students on the Island for their views on skills requirements.  Using those skills, we will then design, trial and evaluate a five-day Summer School with 20 students from North and South.

PROMARIC

The role of proteases in microbiome diversity and antibiotic resistance in COPD; a new risk factor with a potential novel therapy

Professor Noel G McElvaney, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Professor Michael Tunney, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

In this study, PROMARIC is working to determine the protease levels in the lungs and how this influences the types of bacteria in the lungs and their responsiveness to antibiotics.

PROPER

PROfessionalism in Partnership for Education Research Study

Professor Denis Harkin, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Professor Neil Kennedy, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

Our goal is to create a best-practice model for medical education across the island of Ireland and improve the patient care experience, with particular focus on cultural sensitivity.

RadCOL

Development and validation of a CT-based radiomics signature for early detection of colorectal cancer liver metastasis and post-treatment disease recurrence.

Professor Annette Byrne, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Dr Karl Butterworth, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

RadCOL will use a technique called ‘radiomics analyses’ to extract additional information contained in CT images. This information will be used to reveal disease characteristics that cannot be seen by eye and could be used to predict which types of cancers are most likely to spread.

ReproCit

Reproductive Citizenship: Comparative analysis of effects of differential pathways to legalising abortion on Island of Ireland on Service User Articulations of Citizenship

Dr Catherine Conlon, Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

Dr Fiona Bloomer, University of Ulster

University of Ulster

The study seeks to explore how the different processes to changing the law on abortion on both sides of the border impacted on how women feel about their role as being able to have children; being a citizen and how this relates to their sense of belonging in each country, we call this reproductive citizenship.

RID Injury

Understanding Risk and IDentification of musculoskeletal injury in adolescent team sports

Dr Sinead Holden, University College Dublin

University College Dublin

Dr Chris Bleakley, University of Ulster

University of Ulster

RID Injury is working to understand risk and identification of musculoskeletal injury in adolescent team sports.

SE

Understanding the Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem on the Island of Ireland – Lessons for Education, Practice and Policy.

Dr Isobel Cunningham, Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

Dr Laura Bradley, University of Ulster

University of Ulster

Our research on the Social Entrepreneurship Ecosystem can be used to inform policy; inform umbrella organisations of what support is needed to grow these sectors and help educators to make informed choices around skills and learnings to build upon the vibrant and expanding social enterprise sector across the island of Ireland.

SeeDeepER

StereoEEG depth electrode sourced RNA and epigenetic landscape of epileptiform activity in the human brain

Professor David Henshall, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Professor Vijay Tiwari, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

By using a cutting-edge blend of basic and clinical brain research, using advanced technologies and unique biosamples, probing the human brain and using the discoveries to learn about mechanisms of disease. It will determine changes that might inform on outcomes, and feed into the design of treatments of the future.

Snapshot

Target engagement assays – a radical approach to capture a snapshot of probe-enzyme binding

Professor Joanna McGouran, Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

Professor Timothy Harrison, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

We have pioneered the chemistry to study enzyme activity, we will develop it further to activate our undercover probes in cells, directly where the drugs act. Our probes can accelerate development of new drugs as we can examine how those drugs and enzymes interact in a new and dynamic way.

SPECTATOR

Sustainable, Integrated, Optimised Electrification and Automation of Transportation Networks

Associate Professor Bidisha Ghosh, Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

Dr Salissou Moutari, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

A systemic approach to the sustainable, integrated, optimised electrification and automation of transportation networks is missing. This project aims to fill this gap by complementing the endeavour on both sides of the island with an all-Ireland approach to inform responses to challenges and opportunities brought by CAVs (Connected and Autonomous Vehicles) and EVs (Electric Vehicles) technologies.

SUGARCOAT

Smart carbohydrate-based materials for medical device coatings: to protect from and detect hospital acquired bacterial infections

Dr Joseph Byrne, University College Dublin

University College Dublin

Dr Matthew Wylie, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

SUGARCOAT aims to produce novel biofilm-inhibiting coatings for medical device surfaces based on novel carbohydrate-decorated materials, protecting patients from bacterial infections.

Talk4Peace

Transformative mediation as a mechanism for inclusive dialogue and peacebuilding on the island of Ireland.

Dr Heidi Riley, University College Dublin

University College Dublin

Dr Maria Adriana Deiana, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

The Talk4Peace project explores the role of transformative mediation as a mechanism for peacebuilding in the island of Ireland. It seeks to assess its potential to promote an inclusive peace through the engagement of women and other minoritised groups as key actors, and to support dialogue and cultural understanding through a wide array of mediation techniques.

TJHIA

Transforming Justice: An All-Island Examination of Justice Responses to Historical Institutional Abuse North and South

Professor Marie Keenan, University College Dublin

University College Dublin

Professor Anne-Marie McAlinden, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

TJHIA aims to assess justice responses to Historic Institutional Abuse across the island of Ireland and how they compare to efforts across the world. Drawing on restorative and transitional justice and approaches in other countries, it will outline a new framework for justice.

TOGETHER

Collaborating across prison walls and borders: researching the impacts of prison-university partnerships north and south to co-create with incarcerated and university students an all-island curriculum that builds empathy and mutual understanding between diverse communities

Dr Katharina Swirak, University College Cork

University College Cork

Professor Shadd Maruna, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

The TOGETHER collaboration wants to research together with incarcerated and university students, the learning from innovative approaches to university-prison education.  Importantly, TOGETHER will also develop a uniquely all-island approach to prison-university education.

TRACER

TaRgeted gold (Au) nanocomposites as Cancer radiosensitisERs

Associate Prof Susan Quinn, University College Dublin

University College Dublin

Dr Jonathon Coulter, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

TRACER will develop prototypes of the next generation radiosensitising nanocomposites using a non-toxic support material (silica) loaded with 400-2000 gold nanoparticles.

Ultonia

Cultural Dynamics in medieval Ulster and beyond: A shared inheritance

Dr Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh, University College Cork

University College Cork

Dr Nioclás Mac Cathmhaoil, University of Ulster

University of Ulster

Ultonia is conducting in-depth research on the cultural dynamics of medieval Ulster within the context of pre-Norman Ireland as a whole. The findings will lead to a range of educational resources for secondary schools both north and south.

VirtuGraze

The role of virtual fencing in sustainable grazing management

Dr Tomás Russell, University College Dublin

University College Dublin

Dr Gareth Arnott, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

VirtuGraze aims to determine if virtual fencing on farmland – a combination of GPS technology and sensory cues to contain grazing livestock – has an impact on animal behaviour.

Vit-TB

Characterizing the role of vitamin D insufficiency on host immunity and recurrence of bovine tuberculosis on problem farms

Dr Kieran Meade, University College Dublin

University College Dublin

Professor Ilias Kyriazakis, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

Vit-TB aims to explore the extent of vitamin D insufficiency across the island of Ireland, and to functionally characterize the role of vitamin D on the immune response to bTB (bovine tuberculosis) infection. Building a new hub, focused on bovine immunology between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will foster increased collaboration and bring a wealth of collaborative expertise to addressing knowledge gaps and developing improved controls for multiple livestock diseases.

VitDOC

The Vitamin D Receptor in Oesophageal Adenocarcinoma

Dr John Mackrill, University College Cork

University College Cork

Dr Richard Turkington, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

VitDOC is researching the role that Vitamin D and the VitD receptor plays in Oesophageal adenocarcinoma – a cancer of the oesophagus.

WoBLa

Women of the Borderlands: A Walking Biographical Study of Women’s Everyday Life on the UK/Irish Border

Dr Theresa O'Keefe, University College Cork

University College Cork

Dr Niall Gilmartin, University of Ulster

University of Ulster

This research will explore women’s relationship with the border during the Troubles and since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. The research will comprise of 25 in-depth ‘walking interviews’ where participants will take researchers on a journey across and around the border area using routes they would ordinarily take as part of everyday life.

WoundActiv

Bioactive scaffolds functionalised for the delivery of genetic cargoes for the healing of complex wounds

Professor Fergal O'Brien, RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Professor Helen McCarthy, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

WoundActiv aims to develop a new approach to diabetic wound healing through the fabrication of a bi-layered collagen-based scaffold which replicates the complex structure of native skin.

YouGaMSI

Fair Play? Assessing the exposure of young people to gambling marketing through sport on the island of Ireland.

Professor Aphra Kerr, Maynooth University

Maynooth University

Dr Paul Kitchen, University of Ulster

University of Ulster

YouGaMSI will examine how gambling companies market their products through sport to young people on the island of Ireland and how these products manifest gambling harm in youth cohorts in both jurisdictions.

YouthDance

Youth Dance Matters: an interdisciplinary, mixed-methods project combining dance and social science research in a cross-border investigation of the shared value and capacity of youth dance on the island of Ireland.

Dr Victoria Durrer, Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

Dr Aoife McGrath, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

Youth Dance Matters is a pioneering survey and analysis of the conditions and value of youth dance across the island of Ireland that mixes dance and social science research methods.

Strand II - Emerging Hubs of Excellence

AICEEHP

All-Ireland Centre of Excellence in Economics, History and Policy

Professor Gaia Narciso, Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

Professor John Turner, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

We aim to establish an All-Ireland Centre of Excellence in Economics, History and Policy to lead the development of Ireland into a global Centre of Excellence in policy-relevant historical research.

AVACTA

All-island Vaccine Research and Training Alliance

Assoc Prof Siobhán McClean, University College Dublin

University College Dublin

Professor Miguel Valvano, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

The AVACTA consortium draws together expertise with a shared goal of developing effective vaccines to prevent bacterial infections.  Further, we will train 11 PhD students and 4 post-doctoral researchers in all the necessary skills to provide the next generation of vaccine experts who will support the growing vaccine industry and public health implication of vaccination on the island.

CLuB

The All-Ireland Cancer Liquid Biopsies Consortium

Professor Lorraine O'Driscoll, Trinity College Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

Dr Paul Mullan, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

This All-Ireland Cancer Liquid Biopsies Consortium (CLuB) emerging hub of excellence will bring cohesive leadership, insights, novel approaches, excellence in research, training, and teaching collectively and on the individual components of Liquid Biopsies, feeding back into teaching North and South.

eHealthHub

All Island Research Hub for Federated Analysis of Cancer Data

Professor Aedin Culhane, University of Limerick

University of Limerick

Professor Mark Lawler PhD, FRCPath, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

By harmonising cancer data on the island of Ireland to a health global standard, we can build federated cancer eHealth research to national, EU and global data.

SLSSHub

Stable Lives Safer Streets: A north-south hub of scientific excellence to serve intergovernmental and statutory frameworks in the policy area of Youth Crime

Professor Aedin Culhane, University of Limerick

University of Limerick

Professor Mark Lawler PhD, FRCPath, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

Stable Lives Safer Streets: A north-south hub of scientific excellence to serve intergovernmental and statutory frameworks in the policy area of Youth Crime will enable policy makers, law enforcers and all involved in youth justice to contribute to the research process and will develop a sustainable cross-border approach for evidence building and its use in developing good policy and practice.

Strand III - Partnerships of Scale

AICRIstart

A Foundation Stone for the All-Island Cancer Research Institute (AICRI): Building Critical Mass in Precision Cancer Medicine

Professor William Gallagher, University College Dublin

University College Dublin

Professor Mark Lawler, Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

AICRIstart is the foundation stone for our broader vision which is to create the All-Island Cancer Research Institute (AICRI). This virtual institute will bring together the best cancer researchers in Ireland and Northern Ireland towards a common aim – for patients to live longer and better lives after their diagnosis.

Atlantic

The Atlantic Innovation Corridor: Social Capital and Co-Ordinating Capacity in a Multi-City, Distributed Conurbation Border Region

Professor James Livesey, University of Galway

University of Galway

Professor Malachy O'Neill, University of Ulster

University of Ulster

No body of sustained research has addressed how a complex distributed and multi-city region can foster sustainable innovation. In partnership with business, representative bodies, non-government organisations, and individuals we are going to address this gap.

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