New €5 million financial technology research programme launched

Economy, Fintech | Fri 21 Sep | Author – Business & Finance

The ADAPT Centre will lead the €5 million research programme ‘FinTech Fusion’ which will advance innovations in Blockchain and FinTech research and create a fintech ecosystem in Ireland.   

Minister for Finance and Pubic Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe T.D., and the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology, a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centre, have announced a new Financial Technology (FinTech) research programme, FinTech Fusion.

FinTech Fusion’s academic researchers will work together with more than a dozen companies including Deutsche Börse, Fidelity Investments, Microsoft, Gecko Governance, FINEOS and Zurich, to develop FinTech innovations that will have the potential to impact economies, markets, companies and individuals.

FinTech Fusion will be led by the ADAPT SFI Research Centre, headquartered at Trinity College Dublin and funded by Science Foundation Ireland. It will involve researchers from three existing SFI Research Centres – ADAPT, Insight and Lero, based in five academic institutions around the country. It is also supported by the IDA, FinTech and Payments Association of Ireland, Insurance Ireland, and Columbia University.

Rapid advancements in tech demand organisational changes

FinTech Fusion will encourage breakthroughs in payment (PayTech), regulation (RegTech) and insurance (InsureTech) technologies by accelerating scientific progress and enabling data-driven research. The rapid advancements in Artificial Intelligence, mobile applications, cloud computing, Big Data analytics and distributed ledger technology such as Blockchain has demanded organisations change in order to remain competitive. FinTech Fusion’s research programme will address how financial technology is disrupting and transforming businesses from financial institutions to technology companies, along with the retail and wholesale financial sector, and lead on innovations that are capable of creating significant change in financial services, on a global scale.

The research will focus on three main areas – payments, insurance and regulation. Distributed ledger systems are providing alternative payment systems that are faster, cheaper, and more transparent and mobile payments systems are providing compelling alternatives to traditional banking.  Technological innovations such as blockchain-based frameworks can reduce human intervention and fraud while increasing transparency and efficiency, helping to transform the insurance industry.

The role of regulatory compliance and the implication of RegTech in the new world of data-driven finance will require state-of-the-art tools for risk prediction and mitigating costly threats. These new technologies are putting pressure on the business models of traditional financial services and how banks and companies react to this disruption will define their future success.