DPTC secures over half a million euro to support the Irish Dairy Industry

DPTC secures over half a million euro to support the Irish Dairy Industry

26th July 2021

Following the recent announcement by the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD on 14 July, the DPTC is delighted to announce that they have been awarded €529,129 in funding from the Enterprise Ireland Capital Fund.

The funding, which was awarded to three individual DPTC principal investigators, will be used to purchase specialist equipment that will strengthen the existing engagement between the Centre and Irish industry partners. The pieces of equipment will complement DPTC’s portfolio of state-of-the-art equipment, critical to their innovative capacity, and will also be attractive assets to new industry partners wishing to join the consortium.

The DPTC, hosted by the University of Limerick, is an EI-funded Technology Centre; a unique collaboration between seven leading Irish dairy processors, and nine academic institutions across Ireland.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said: “Great things happen when companies collaborate with third level institutions. Recent data show that companies which collaborate with our universities have double the turnover of those that don’t. Third level institutions benefit too, by getting to work with creative, business-minded entrepreneurs, working on solutions to real life problems. Congratulations to all the successful applicants, I look forward to seeing the fruits of this collaborative effort.”

The equipment to be purchased includes:

  • Real-Time Particle Analyser (for process development and quality control) – Prof. Colm O’Donnell, University College Dublin (€207,870)
  • Elemental Analyser (for characterising the nutrient value of organic waste for the development of fertiliser products) – Prof. JJ Leahy, University of Limerick (€121,259)
  • Automated Robotic System for FAME analysis (analysis of fatty acid methyl esters) – Prof. Kieran Kilcawley, Teagasc (€200,000)

The DPTC has been successful in both the EI Capital Calls so far, also securing over €580,000 in last year’s Call. Last year’s awards included funding to purchase a Cheese Functionality Suite, a Dynamic Image Analyser, and a Small Particle Detecting Flow Cytometer. Overall, the DPTC has enjoyed great success in competitive funding grants, winning over €9m since its inception in 2015. 

Dr Anne Marie Henihan, Centre Director for the DPTC said, “Congratulations to all successful applicants. This investment will enhance the capability and offering that the DPTC provides to our existing industry partners– as well as to new partners we hope to welcome over the coming years”.

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