A €58m advanced materials and bio-engineering research centre has been launched by the Government.

The centre is a collaboration between academia and industry and will work on developing new materials and devices for a range of sectors, information and communications technology (ICT) and medical devices.

The Advanced Materials and Bio-Engineering Research Centre - AMBER - is one of seven world-class research centres being established by the Government through Science Foundation Ireland.

The State will provide €35m of its funding, with a further €23m coming from 18 industry partners.

The centre aims to cement and advance Ireland's position within the top ten nations in the fields of material science and nanotechnology.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said nanoscience and materials science are areas where Ireland ranks well inside the top ten internationally for research.

Nanoscience alone is linked to 10% of Irish exports and 250,000 jobs in a range of sectors.

AMBER will be led by Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with University College Cork and the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.  

It will directly support 99 positions with further potential for job creation likely.