The Centre has achieved €31M in exchequer funding, €7.2M from industry and over €8.2M in non-exchequer non-commercial (NE:NC) awards primarily from the EU research programme known as Horizon 2020 (H2020). 12 awards were granted for applications made to calls under the Excellent Science pillar totalling €6.2M and 10 of these awards were within the MSCA programme, one was a European Research Council grant and the other was a Future and Emerging Technologies grant.
International Leading Centre of Excellence
The SSPC aims to be an internationally leading Centre of excellence in synthesis and solid state pharmaceuticals. Acquiring funding and fostering collaboration with other leading international academics and centres is critical to achieving this aim. The objective of the SSPC's collaboration strategy is to enhance the scientific, engineering and technical capital available to the Centre.
The Centre initiated a national working group called (bio)Pharma Ireland to highlight the importance of innovation in pharmaceutical manufacturing in Europe. The (bio)Pharma Ireland working group, chaired by SSPC, has representation from pharmaceutical industry: BioPharma Chemical Ireland (BPCI), government agencies: Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the IDA; and academic research organisations: National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) and the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing and Technology Centre (PMTC). More.
Formal International Collaborators
The SSPC team already has an extensive international collaboration portfolio. The SSPC builds on and enhances the level of strategic international collaboration to deliver the research programme, enhances knowledge exchange and supports funding diversification beyond the island of Ireland. The SSPC has already put in place international leading experts as official collaborators for SSPC2.
The SSPC has twelve formal international collaborators: Queens University Belfast, University of Rouen, University of Manchester, Delft University of Technology, University of Toronto, Radboud University Nijmegen, University of Leeds, CoEBio3/University of Manchester, CNRS, University of Marseille, University of Florida, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, C-SOPs/Purdue University.
The nature of funding bids has changed significantly in recent years and a significant part of the submission now involves project management experience. The SSPC has a dedicated funding project manager to support the researchers both in the preparation of bids and post-award project management is very beneficial particularly for large bids involving multiple partners.
Donal Killackey, National/EU Grants Manager, 061-234134.