Funded Research Projects (Extended)

Brief details on funded research projects below (with overall total project funding and the amount received directly as Principal Investigator (PI)



2006-10 OPAALS (Open Philosophies for Associative Autopoietic Digital Ecosystems)
Funding: Overall €9.1m/PI €700k

Network of Excellence project with 13 partners in five countries. The two main aims of OPAALS were to build an interdisciplinary research community in the emerging area of Digital Ecosystems, and to develop an integrated theoretical foundation for Digital Ecosystems research.

2004-06 CALIBRE (Coordination Action for Libre Software)
Funding: Overall €1.5m/PI €295k

CALIBRE comprised 12 partners across Europe and China led by the University of Limerick. CALIBRE key goals were to coordinate open source software research and practice for the European ‘secondary’ software sector.
(The CALIBRE proposal received an evaluation score of 29 out of 30, including 5 perfect scores, the highest scoring proposal in the area in FP6).

2004-05 COSPA (Consortium for studying OSS in Public Administrations)
Funding: Overall €2.8m/PI €357k

COSPA focused on implementing Open Data Standards and Open Source Software for personal productivity and document management in European Public Administrations. The consortium comprised universities and public administrations in Ireland (University of Limerick, Beaumont Hospital and South-West Regional Authority), Italy, UK, Denmark, Belgium and Hungary.
(COSPA was voted EU project of the month in April 2005)

2006 FLOSSIMPACT Tender Project
Funding: Overall €340k/PI €40k

FLOSSIMPACT investigated the economic impact of open source software on innovation and the competitiveness of the ICT sector in the EU.



2002-06 B4-STEP: Building a Bi-directional Bridge Between Software ThEory & Practice
Funding: Overall/PI €1m)

An SFI Principal Investigator grant, B4-STEP was a multi-disciplinary project with a focus on basic and applied research on software process, methods, and tools. B4-STEP researchers published 38 refereed international journal papers and 82 international conference papers. B4-STEP researchers also graduated six PhD and four MSc students. Reviewers commented very favourably on the project, in particular the close involvement with Irish industry (including Dell, Fidelity, HP, IONA, Intel, Motorola).

2004-08 Agile Methods for Distributed Development
Funding: Overall/PI €700k

The Agile Methods for Distributed Development strand was part of an SFI Research Cluster Grant.  The project resulted in 8 international journal papers and 15 international conference papers, and also led to guest-editing of special issues of major journals, Information Systems Research, and Communications of the ACM.

2005-10 Lero – Irish Software Engineering Research Centre
Funding: Overall €11.7m/PI €1.2m

2011-16 Funding: Overall: €16.1m/PI €1.6m

Established as part of the SFI CSET program, Lero is led by UL and also involves Dublin City University, Dundalk Institute of Technology, NUI Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin.


HEA/IRCSET/Enterprise Ireland/ITEA

2006 LGSSE Lero Graduate School in Software Engineering
Funding: Overall/PI €2.2m

LGSSE was funded by both the HEA PRTLI 4 (Higher Education Authority – Program for Research in Third Level Institutions Cycle 4) and IRCSET (Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology to establish a structured PhD program in software engineering.

2007-09 GAIA – Global Agile InnovAtion
Funding: Overall €560k/PI €190k

GAIA was funded under Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Partnership program. GAIA is the Irish part of a pan-European consortium in an ITEA/EUREKA approved project. Irish partners were UL, NUI Galway, Fidelity Investments and Rovsing. GAIA focused on combining agile methods with innovation practices to accelerate product development.



€45K from SFI for three international conferences, the STARS (Science Teacher Assistant Researchers) program; and UREKA (Undergraduate Research Experience & Knowledge Award

€29K from Enterprise Ireland for an Innovation Partnership feasibility study and a conference grant

€130K – IRCSET Grants to PhD Students (Kieran Conboy, Klaas-Jan Stol)