TU Dublin Receives Disruptive Technologies Funding

22 Apr, 2021

A joint initiative by TU Dublin, Evercam Limited, and GagaMuller Technology Limited has received €2 million from the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund (DTIF).

The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD, the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD and the Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, Robert Troy TD, today announced that 29 exciting new projects have succeeded in securing funding under the third round of the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund.

The government is investing €95 million in the successful projects over the next three years. The 29 ground-breaking projects cover life sciences, medical devices, ICT, artificial intelligence, manufacturing and environmental sustainability.

TU Dublin and its partners received €2 million in funding for the A-EYE Construction Visualisation Platform. The A-EYE is a control tower that provides full visibility of large construction sites and enables visual communication to deliver measurable productivity improvements and improve health, safety, and sustainability. The project will be delivered over three years in collaboration with Evercam Construction Cameras and GagaMuller Group.

Dr Mark Mulville and Dr Alan Hore from the School of Surveying and Construction Management will manage the project at TU Dublin.

“The pandemic and Brexit have combined to bring unprecedented economic challenges and volatility to our enterprise sector. But with every challenge comes new opportunities, and the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund is dedicated to entrepreneurs and researchers working on some really exciting ideas to develop solutions to the problems we face. 

“We are funding projects which will have wide-ranging benefits across many areas of society. Projects using AI to make factories safer and drones to detect drug smuggling, for example. There are many successful projects in the health sector, which we hope will result in better patient outcomes for thousands suffering from cancer, heart disease and fractured bones, among other conditions. There is also a focus on sustainability, with a number of projects looking at ways to improve and reduce energy use.  

“These new technologies will create high-quality jobs in existing and emerging sectors, now and over the coming decades. There is a good spread of partners, based all around Ireland, highlighting the strength of our enterprise and research base all across the country.

“The level of DTIF funding involved – at €95million – demonstrates our commitment to continue to invest and rebuild a stronger, more resilient economy after the pandemic.”

Simon Harris TD, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, also welcomed the DTIF funding:

“The Irish research sector is key to our future economic prospects. Many top-performing indigenous companies have emerged as spin-outs from the research conducted in our universities and higher education institutes. Several recent spin-outs are partners in the consortia that are being awarded funding under the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund today. This is in addition to the 37 HE-based partners in those projects. That is a fantastic outcome which reflects the strength of the Irish research sector.

"DTIF is an important tool for realising our ambitions as a global innovation leader and a location for research excellence. The level of investment being made today in cutting-edge technologies will create employment opportunities for our graduates and help to maintain Ireland as an attractive destination for top research talent.”

Robert Troy TD, Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation, said:

“The Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund is a vital tool for financing excellent disruptive and innovative projects and is exactly the kind of fund that Ireland needs right now as we navigate the new normal and embrace the opportunities and challenges that disruptive technologies bring to our workplaces and homes.  

“The 29 projects represent the innovativeness of companies across Ireland, from Clare to Dublin and Cork to Westmeath, coming together to bring new levels of digitalisation to a diverse range of industries, such as agriculture, healthcare, construction and more. As a small nation with limited resources, we must work together to maximise the opportunities from the investment in our enterprise sector and research institutions.

“This funding will give the companies involved opportunities to grow their business, even when trading in increasingly competitive markets, through the development of innovative products and services that alter the way that the industry operates.”

Julie Sinnamon, CEO, Enterprise Ireland, who administer the Disruptive Technologies Innovation Fund, said:

“Irish entrepreneurs have yet again demonstrated their ingenuity, adaptability and resilience in the face of the challenges they face. The breadth and scale of the projects that have come through the rigorous DTIF evaluation process is a huge tribute to the quality of our innovative companies and the other partners involved.

“The quality of the partnerships involved, with SMEs, multinationals and research organisations combining to share experience, expertise and knowledge, also deserves acknowledgement. We are a small nation with limited resources, and so we must continually demonstrate our flexibility and agility. These projects will enable the enterprises involved to be in a strong position as the Irish and global economies rebound once the pandemic ends.”

 More information about the Disruptive Technologies Fund is available here.