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Research & Innovation

Research, Development and Innovation at the Institutes of Technology

The Institutes of Technology have a long track record of delivering research, development, innovation and enterprise solutions to industry, ranging from multi-national companies to locally-based SMEs. With significant expertise built up around internationally recognized research centres and initiatives, all aligned with national priority areas, we have a platform to deliver real change and impact for key sectors of the Irish economy. Specific collaborative research projects and activities with industry have been funded via schemes such as Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers and Partnerships, Science Foundation Ireland TIDA grants and EU FP7 and Interreg supports, while a significant base of privately contracted research work has been built up from the specialist research expertise available within the Institutes. The excellent researchers which characterise the specialist centres and groups have a long track record of securing postgraduate and postdoctorate support for research, including research council, SFI, Marie Curie and ERC awards. Our work to stimulate innovation across enterprises also includes Incubation Units available across all Institutes, the New Frontiers programme which supports new start-ups and the 13 Applied Research Enhancement (ARE) centres which provide specialist focused RDI support directly to industry.

The research, development and innovation strategy across the Institutes of Technology is set out in the paper 'Strategically Oriented Impact Focused Research, Development and Innovation across the Institutes of Technology'. The paper, supplemented by detailed evidence and analysis in a series of annexes, was produced by the IOTI Heads of Research Group and can be accessed using the links below. It sets out 8 guiding principles which have been endorsed by the IOTI Board:

  1. Working with all our stakeholders to define current and future priorities.
  2. Building on critical mass in specialist research areas.
  3. Delivering postgraduate provision at Level 9 and Level 10 which drives impact-focused research activity.
  4. Attracting high quality postgraduate and postdoctorate resources to our Institutes.
  5. Establishing and maintaining a research foundation funding programme which ensures a pipeline of postgraduate students in respective IoT specialist areas.
  6. Benchmarking research performance through establishment of strategic international partnerships.
  7. Complimenting national grants with EU funding wherever feasible.
  8. Embedding sufficient research and postgraduate management infrastructure.

Download 'Strategically Oriented Impact Focused Research, Development and Innovation in the Institutes of Technology' and the supplementary annexes

In these pages we provide an overview of the capability across our institutions, key news and developments with regard to RDI, examples of industry impact from our projects and links to the relevant contacts within the institutions which can meet your needs. Simply click on the links on the right of the page to access the resources required.

If you have a more general query with regard to research, development, innovation or enterprise activities across the sector, you can contact us at the Office of Research, Development and Innovation. We support the development of activities across the Institutes and are charged with delivering the strategic plan which can be accessed below.

For further information, please contact:

Kate Wiseman
Office of Research, Development & Innovation
Institutes of Technology Ireland
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Institutes of Technology Ireland