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QUB gains €3.2m investment for interdisciplinary research programme

  • Queen's University Belfast has been awarded €3.2m (£2.7m) in funding for a revolutionary interdisciplinary development programme to train 20 future tech leaders in various fields.

    The SPaRK programme at Queen's University Belfast is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie doctoral training programme funded through the EU Horizon 2020 initiative and will support 20 researchers from 14 countries all around the EU. The programme will focus on taking ground-breaking research projects to the next level through higher level skills development, with the ultimate goal of producing world-leading creative thinkers and problem-solvers.

    The 20 researchers supported by SPaRK cover a wide range of disciplines, from embedded medical technologies and psychological research to ground-breaking new cancer treatments. They will be supported in their research by advanced interdisciplinary training from the Queen’s Graduate School, which the initiative hopes will broaden their knowledge bases and lead to greater intellectual flexibility.

    Many of the most ground-breaking technologies developed in the past 20 years have come as a result of combining expertise across multiple disciplines, such as applying artificial intelligence to medical imaging or merging nanotechnology with medical sensor tech. The SPaRK scheme will equip the researchers to think in this cross-disciplinary manner, and will help to create the scientific leaders of tomorrow.

    Source: Press Release

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