Monday 01 October 2018

Following an SFI Research Centre programme call for funding, the new proposal of the INFANT Centre at UCC has not been funded at this time but instead has been recommended to proceed to a national open call in 2020. The Centre opened in 2013 with initial funding from Science Foundation Ireland, which will end in May 2019. INFANT will continue its research work funded by a diverse range of national and international funding agencies, industry partners and philanthropic donors.

INFANT’s mission is to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies by focusing on clinical and health research and innovation in pregnancy, birth and early childhood. The Centre has grown rapidly from its initial award of €6M to over €30M in five years comprising donations, competitive funding awards, and global partnerships with industry and academic researchers which  has enabled the development of INFANT to the point where it now has over 100 staff, a dedicated paediatric clinical research unit, an internationally recognised biobank, a world-leading data hub and other clinical research infrastructure in obstetrics and neonatology.

The support from SFI for the Centre has, to date, been a significant catalyst for major growth and development. It has allowed INFANT to develop breakthroughs in seizure detection and in areas such as pre-eclampsia diagnosis, maternal and new-born nutrition and allergy. The Centre will continue to develop these areas and support maternal and child health research and innovation in its next phase for the benefit of mums, babies and children in Ireland and worldwide.

Pregnant Mum with DaughterWe will continue our research and innovation in its next phase for the benefit of mums, babies, and children in Ireland and worldwide.