Pintail Limited is set to manage two of the five Horizon 2020 Health projects funded and coordinated in Ireland in 2019.

The first of the two Pintail managed projects is MINDUP: Mental health promotion and intervention in occupational settings. MINDUP is coordinated by Ella Arensman and Birgit Greiner, UCC, School Public Health and National Suicide Research Foundation.

The project aims to improve mental health and wellbeing in the workplace by developing, implementing and evaluating a comprehensive, multilevel intervention targeting both clinical and non-clinical mental health issues. Some of the 17 project partners include the European Alliance Against Depression; the Australian ‘Mates in Construction’ (a workplace intervention to reduce suicide in construction workers); the National Suicide Research Foundation; and Pintail. The project has a total budget of €4 million.

The second Pintail managed project is coordinated by Mary Murphy and Frank Barry at NUI Galway. AutoCRAT: Automated cellular robot-assisted technologies for translation of discovery-led research in osteoarthritis will generate human articular chondrocytes from induced pluripotent stem cells for cartilage repair to prevent the development of osteoarthritis. It will develop a manufacturing pipeline composed of automated regulatory-compliant robotic systems for the production of adult mesenchymal stem cells to treat established disease. This project has a total funding allocation of €7.5 million.

Read about these and three additional Irish-coordinated Horizon 2020 projects on the Health Research Board’s press release here.

From European Commission figures, per capita, Ireland is the third highest recipient of health research funding, and in absolute terms, Ireland ranks 11th overall in health. In the six years so far of Horizon 2020 Ireland has received €76.5 million in funding for health.