INSPIRE is a consortium of all Irish third level institutions with international leading research capability in nanoscience and nanotechnology. INSPIRE was recently funded to the level of €31.6M by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) via PRTLI4. This was the largest funding allocation to a national consortium. INSPIRE members INSPIRE's aims are:
Creation of a shared national infrastructural capability serviced effectively by trained support staff to enhance the national capacity for delivering innovative research in nanoscience and nanoscale technologies.
Development of shared national nanoscience graduate programmes with international appeal resulting in graduate numbers aligned with stated SSTI goals.
Expansion of existing institutional linkages to facilitate new collaborations, locally, regionally and nationally across institutions and disciplines.
The three key research domaines in INSPIRE are:
In each domain there already exists among the partners research excellence, collaboration across institutions, international research leadership and value-added relationships with industry. In addition, these domains and the connections between them have been identified strategically and are structured to allow Nanoscience nationally to play an increasing role in other National programmes e.g. the Biomedical Sciences Network and Biopharma. Underpinning these key domains is fundamental cross-cutting research in Nanomaterials Synthesis and Characterisation. This cross-cutting capability is a vital enabler for all three key domains as well as potential emerging collaborations in other areas of the EU FP7.