Supporting Northern Ireland’s
participation in Horizon 2020


Energy Laura Fitzmaurice

Laura is the Horizon 2020 Northern Ireland Contact Point for Energy, based at Ulster University. She has a responsibility to engage with EU energy related research and development programmes in order to maximise Northern Ireland’s opportunities for EU funding under Horizon 2020. The Horizon 2020 NICP aims to ensure that NI companies, research institutions and […]

028 9036 6432



SMEs Claire Griffin

Claire is one of the UK’s National Contact Points for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs), based in Northern Ireland and is available to help innovative companies of all sizes. With the recently launched European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot bringing together funding opportunities for innovators, NCPs are available to help, advise and support applications across […]




North-South Grainne Lennon

Grainne is responsible for Horizon 2020 at IntertradeIreland in her role as International Funding and Collaborations Broker.  As such Grainne is responsible for supporting companies and researchers who collaborate on a North South basis in Horizon 2020.

0044 (0) 28 3083 4163 or 078 3366 8774



Agri-food Dr Elaine Groom

Elaine is the NICP for the agri-food sector, supporting sustainable food production and focusing on Societal Challenge 2, which covers Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and inland water research, and the bioeconomy.

028 9025 5078


Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS)

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (AHSS) Sarah Jayne Smith

Sarah Jayne Smith is the NICP for the AHSS area. Sarah Jayne provides expert advice and guidance in the preparation of strategic research bids for AHSS under Horizon 2020 and other funding programs from the European Union. Sarah Jayne was previously European Officer at Belfast City Council.

0 28 9097 2552



Health Patricia McCrory

Patricia McCrory is the Horizon 2020 Northern Ireland Contact Point for Health, based at Queen’s University Belfast. This role involves engagement with health-related stakeholders in Northern Ireland, with an aim to build participation in R&D under Horizon 2020 and develop partnerships and collaborations across Europe under the health theme. Patricia has worked in the field […]

028 9097 1171



Engineering Ciaran Prunty

Ciarán is Horizon 2020 Northern Ireland Contact Point for Engineering. This role is focused on supporting engagement from regional stakeholders within the aerospace supply chain, mechanical/civil engineering and manufacturing sectors. His remit spans (I) Societal Challenge 4: Smart, Green and Integrated Transport plus (II) Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies – topics on advanced materials, […]

028 9097 3199


Connected Health

Connected Health Dr Shirley Davey

Shirley is the NICP for Connected Health. The role involves active engagement with NI stakeholders in Connected Health including UU, QUB, SMEs, the Connected Health Innovation Centre (CHIC), the ECH Alliance and the HSC Trusts. Connected Health innovations have the potential to provide improved healthcare, reductions in cost and improved patient outcomes. Her previous positions […]

028 9036 8925