International Strategic Collaboration Programme (I S C P)

ISCP Background Information

The Nation University of Ireland Maynooth, in partnership with four other institutions (Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology, The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) was recently awarded a grant from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) which will serve to build and enhance joint research activities between the Irish partners and various universities in China through the International Strategic Collaboration Programme (I S C P).

The institutions in the consortium already have a strong track record of collaboration with Chinese partners. A strong national investment strategy in research over the last decade is now paying dividends, with a number of internationally recognized areas of research excellence, fostering a new generation of innovators.

Programme Objectives:

Strengthening and broadening existing relationships with leading Chinese Institutions in the thematic areas of ICT, Biomedical Science and Nanotechnology.

Developing new funded China – Ireland partnerships, with a particular focus on acquiring Chinese Government sources of funding for international partnerships and on Chinese participation in EU Horizon 2020 programmes.

Developing a greater cultural understanding between the research communities of the two countries as an important element of future research cooperation.

Providing a firm platform for the continuation of activities beyond 2013 and securing of additional external funding from a variety of sources to ensure the sustainability of the programme to national benefit.