In order to help catapult Irish innovation to the world stage, and effect change globally, Science Foundation Ireland have launched the Future Innovator Prize.

With €4m available across two challenges – AI for Societal Good and Zero Emissions – this competition offers Irish science the money to match its ambition. Challenge-based funding is a solution-focused approach to research funding that uses prizes, strict timelines, teamwork and competition to direct research activities at ambitious societal problems

Science To The Rescue is an hour long documentary, presented by Trevor Vaugh (Big Life Fix), that got up close and personal with some of the challenge teams trying to win the prize funds. As the clock ticks down, we learn about the motivation behind their work and meet some of those who will benefit from their breakthroughs.

AI-4-Life: AI for Fetal Wellbeing - Reducing Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality.

Challenge: Intrapartum fetal monitoring is used to identify oxygen deprivation to the fetal brain during labour and delivery, to reduce the risk of neonatal morbidity and mortality. However, the current "gold-standard" approach to fetal monitoring is not accurate, is susceptible to misinterpretation and is unreliable.

Solution: The AI-4-Life team will develop a novel AI-based system to monitor the vital signs of mother and baby during labour to quickly identify any issues.