Research & Innovation
Enterprise Ireland's Applied Research Enhancement (ARE) Programme has become a major source of funding for the Institutes of Technology sector. The ARE programme has been created to enhance the applied research capabilities within the Institutes of Technology. The ARE programme has provided funding of approximately €4 million for the development of applied research centres at LYIT:
- WiSAR, within the School of Engineering
- EpiCentre, within the School of Engineering.
FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME 7 PROJECT
The Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) is the EU's main instrument for funding research in Europe. The Department of Science at LYIT, as part of an eleven member consortium, was successful in receiving funding under FP7 for a project entitled ‘Development of an integrated biorefinery for processing chitin rich biowaste to specialty and fine chemicals’. Total funding to the value of €133,000 was received by LYIT to support a PhD student. The project commenced in January 2012 and was recently completed. Check out the ChiBio Leaflet for more information.
A further two research projects are currently being undertaking under the broad heading of the ‘ChiBio’ umbrella as detailed below -
- A study on the effects of the carotenoid Astaxanthin on inflammation and infection in in vitro lung cell models (LYIT Project 1)
- Economic Feasibility of Natural Astaxanthin production in the North West of Ireland (LYIT Project 2).