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Ministers Harris and Foley announce investment in 47 projects to help public understanding of STEM

NCI's Databytes wins funding from SFI Discover 

Logo for Databytes, NCI's TY data science initiative

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister for Education Norma Foley TD have today announced an investment in 47 projects aimed at improving public understanding of science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM).

The funding, which totals €3.7 million, will be focused on encouraging diversity and inclusion in STEM, while also targeting a wide range of ages including young children, teens and adults.

Announcing the funding, Minister Harris TD said: “I am delighted to announce today the 47 projects receiving funding through the SFI Discover Programme.

“These projects will have an invaluable impact, starting conversations about the role of STEM in society and inspiring our young people to explore careers in these areas.

“Through initiatives such as the SFI Discover Programme, we must support the public to have access to, and understand, the issues that impact our collective future, and the role science and technology can play in providing solutions. I wish all the recipients every success in the rollout of their projects.”

Speaking of the projects co-funded by the Department of Education, Minister Foley said: We are pleased to collaborate with the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science by supporting five projects that will receive funding through the SFI Discover Programme.

“These projects are designed to grow and encourage participation in STEM education and public engagement, inspiring our young people to explore STEM roles in the future. I want to congratulate all of the individuals and teams involved in their work to date on these projects.”

The awards will see a number of projects supported including:

·         Databytes introduces Transition Year students to Data Science, what data is, how to gather, clean and analyse it, and then present the story that the data revels. Teachers will receive specific supports to help them champion their students. Students have the chance to win prizes. Over 750 students in 20 schools across Ireland have already registered to take part in this programme delivered by National College of Ireland's School of Computing.TY Coordinators can still register for September 2022.

·         Catching Stories: Testimony of Infectious Disease in Ireland: This Cultural Heritage/STEM initiative brings oral testimony and scientific commentary together in a collaboratively produced exploration of Irish experiences of infectious diseases, public health and vaccination.

·         Chemistry Investigators (CCI) will provide students, teachers and the public with new activities based on the area of electrochemistry. Electrochemistry is an important part of our modern lives with many life-changing applications e.g. hydrogen production, batteries, touchscreen, cardiac defibrillators, glucose sensors, alcohol breath testers and gel electrophoresis for COVID-19 testing.

·         Spaces In-Between: This project involves the design, delivery and the dissemination of a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics (STEAM) Graphic Novel that focuses on the importance of student voice. This graphic novel will contain a rich tapestry of short stories that embody a snapshot of humankind's experiences with STEM from the everyday to the miraculous.  This project is co-funded by the Department of Education.

Commenting on the announcement, Prof Philip Nolan, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland, said: “The SFI Discover Programme is a key part of our education and public engagement strategy and aims to grow opportunities for dialogue between the research community and the public.

“Our research improves people’s lives and we can only do that if we work in partnership with the public at all stages of the research process. The programme also aims to improve diversity and inclusion in science, broadening participation geographically and amongst less represented voices in research. 

“STEM is such an exciting area to study and work in and we want to make it more accessible to a wide range of people. We are looking forward to working with these fantastic, creative education and engagement programmes.”

See below for the full list of the 47 projects

Denotes Regional or National Initiative with up to two-year funding.

Project Title


Award Amount


AI in My Life: Extending Transition Year Deliberative Workshops Nationally

Dublin City University



Catching Stories: Testimony of Infectious Disease in Ireland

University College Cork



Citizens’ Think-Ins: A Multi-Stakeholder Approach To Community Engagement With STEM

Dublin City University



*CS_LINC - Bridging the gap to Formal Computer Science Education

Technological University Dublin


Department of Education

*Current Chemistry Investigators (CCI)

Trinity College Dublin



*Cyber Skills Careers

Munster Technological University



Data Bytes:a data science programme and showcase for TY students

National College of Ireland



*Debunking the Myths: The Science Behind Our Sexual Health

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland



Dublin Maker - 10th Anniversary

University College Dublin



Engaging Families in STEM Programme

Kildare County Council


Department of Education

Engineering NorthWest

Institute of Technology, Sligo



*Fernhill Park & Gardens Augmented Reality Project

Dun Laoghaire Institute Of Art Design and Technology



Fiosracht in the Classroom - The STEMPATHY Journey

Technological University Dublin



*Gaelscoileanna STEM Programme

Royal Dublin Society



Guardians of the Future: Developing Parents’* Climate Science Literacy

Dublin City University



Happy Maths, fighting Maths Anxiety with Game-based Learning

Technological University Dublin



iAdapt: Expanding engagement with adaptation planning through Climate Smart

Trinity College Dublin



I'm a STEM engagement event - Ireland

Gallomanor Communications



Inspiring children in STEM for the future

Kildare County Council



Jellyfish Fantastic: Increasing Ocean Literacy through Creative Design and Participation

University College Cork



Little Big Questions

University College Dublin



Manufacturing in the classroom: sustainability and the circular economy

University College Dublin



*Maths4All Professional Learning Communities

Dublin City University



*Muinin Catalyst Sustainable STEAM Future-ready teaching and learning for resilience

University College Dublin


Department of Education

MY -Sci: Mental health promotion in Youth through Science

University of Limerick



Pytch: A Bridge from Block to Text programming

Trinity College Dublin



RCSI Junior Researcher Programme

RCSI, University of Medicine and Health Sciences



ReelLIFE SCIENCE Video Competition

National University of Ireland, Galway




National University of Ireland, Galway




Whipsmart Media



Science hub at Learning Hub Limerick

Learning Hub Limerick Ltd



Science in Action for Infant Learning (SAIL)

Dublin City University



Spaces In-Between

University College Dublin


Department of Education

Sssh! @ The Library (STEM, STEAM & Space Hub Project)

Niamh Shaw Ltd



STEP Through the Looking Glass: Stories Told of Experimental Processes

University College Dublin



*Sustainable Space

Cosmos Education Ltd T/A Blackrock Castle Observatory


Department of Education

Technology in my Life

Trinity College Dublin







The Science of Us

University of Limerick



To Be a Machine (Version 2.0)

Dead Centre Theatre



Tree Explorers 2

University College Cork



TRY FIVE (Biology, Engineering, Chemistry, Electronics & Microscopy)

Technological University Dublin



Uiscope 2022: Device-Enabled Citizen Science Project on Water Quality

Tyndall National Institute



Unboxing Manufacturing: STEM for all at Our Lady’s Hospital School

Irish Manufacturing Research



Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programme (UROP)

National University of Ireland, Galway



*Visioneers - A Smart Cities Education Programme

Trinity College Dublin



*Wild Connections: The Flora and Fauna of Ireland

The Birr Scientific and Heritage Foundation