Lero Receives €46m for Expansion
Lero, the Irish Software Research Centre, based at UL has received €46.4 million investment over six years for expansion. The development means that 90 PhD and 46 postdoctoral research positions will be created over the next six years, with recruitment commencing immediately.
€32.6m of the investment is being funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) with support from the EU Structural Funds. Industry is backing the initiative with total contributions worth €13.8m.
The Lero expansion now incorporates software researchers from UCC and NUI Maynooth, which means that all Irish universities plus Dundalk IT are represented in the national centre.
Under the new programme, Lero has also broadened its research scope from purely software engineering to a wider range of software disciplines. Research areas will combine core research with targeted projects in hot sectors including cyber security, Internet of Things, cloud computing, medical devices and smart cities.
Lero already works with multinational industry partners such as IBM, Fidelity Investments and Microsoft. Indigenous research projects are being implemented with local companies including S3 Group, Statsports and Tullow Oil.