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Priority 1 has approximately €180 million in public funds (50% ERDF/ 50% Irish Exchequer) for five schemes to support activity to strengthen research, technology, development and innovation in the S&E Region.  One of these schemes co-funds 10 world-leading, large-scale SFI Reserch Centres aligned to the 14 priority areas of research identified in the Research Prioritisation Exercise to provide major economic impact for Ireland.