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€ 3.5 million EU co-funding to improve autistics' quality of life
€ 3.5 million EU co-funding to improve autistics' quality of life
19 May

The Assistive Technologies in Autism and Intellectual Disability (ASSISTID) research programme was launched last Thursday, 15 May, in Dublin, Ireland. For the next five years 12 different research institutes will work on assistive technologies to improve quality of life of people with intellectual disability. € 3.5 million of the total € 8.8 million research budget are co-funded by the EU under the Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie COFUNDprogramme.

€ 3.5 million EU co-funding to improve autistics' quality of life

Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn with some participants (left) and project coordinator, Prof Brian Harvey (right).


'Autism and intellectual disability affect 3 million people in Europe' and the challenges lie in 'care, education, employment and social inclusion,' the Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, said during the launch event while highlighting the important objective of the ASSISTID project.

The programme has been granted € 3.5 million from EU funds – to be managed by the REA – to cofund research on assistive technologies and behavioural science in order to improve care and social inclusion of people affected by intellectual disability and autism.

€ 3.5 million EU co-funding to improve autistics' quality of life

With a total research budget of € 8.8 million, the programme provides 40 fellowships to post-doctoral researchers who will 'apply their skills to develop and assess the effectiveness of assistive technologies in real-life environments,' explained the coordinator of the ASSISTID project, Prof Brian Harvey.

12 different research institute from Ireland, Northern Ireland and the US will be involved in the research project.

'ASSISTID will provide a catalyst for R&D in assistive technologies,' Prof Harvey ventured.

The launch event featured by the Irish press.