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Technology Centres


Technology Centres
Am I eligible?
What is the maximum funding level?
Call for Expression of Interest - Meat Technology Centre
Key contacts/more information



As outlined in the current Programme for Government, introducing companies to the research expertise in Irish Higher Education Institutes with the aim of generating innovative technologies leading to job creation is of the utmost importance.

In line with this commitment to generating economic value from publicly-funded research, the Government has provided funding to establish industry-led Technology Centres. These centres are collaborative entities established and led by industry.  They are resourced by highly qualified researchers associated with research institutions who are empowered to undertake market focussed strategic R&D for the benefit of industry. This is a joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland allowing Irish companies and multinationals to work together in these centres.

Technology Centres

Directory of Centres [pdf] - profiles and contact details of the 38 Research Centres, Technology Centres, National Institutes & Facilities of scale supported by the State. This is a Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation initiative co-ordinated by Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and Science Foundation Ireland.

There are 15 industry-led research centres in the Technology Centres Programme, some of which are just getting started. Details of each centre and contact information is available on their respective websites:

  1. Dairy Processing Technology Centre (Launched February 2nd 2015, Arrabawn Co-Op, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary).
  2. Biorefining and Bioenergy [] [View Biorefining and Bioenergy video]
  3. IT Innovation [] [View IT Innovation video]
  4. Applied Nanotechnology [] [View Applied Nanotechnology video]
  5. Composite Materials [] [View Composite Materials video]
  6. Microelectronics [] [View Microelectronics video]
  7. Food for Health Ireland []
  8. Manufacturing Research []
  9. International Energy Research Centre []
  10. Learnovate Centre [][View Learnovate Video]
  11. Cloud Computing []
  12. Financial Services – Governance, Risk and Compliance []
  13. Connected Health – ARCH – []
  14. Data Analytics – CeADAR – []
  15. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Technology Centres are based in a University with support from partner colleges to deliver on the research needs of the companies.


Technology Centre Expo 2013 Video


Am I eligible?

Once established, Technology Centres are open for participation to companies in Ireland.


Maximum funding available

The requirements of each Technology Centre will be different, but as a guide a successful centre would operate with State funding of the order of €1M per year over a five year period.  Continued funding would depend upon a range of metrics such as increasing industry research funding, growing the numbers of companies involved, licences and the revenue from them and spin-offs, new products and processes leading to increased export sales. 

Meat Technology Centre - Call for Expression of Interest Proposals from RPOs

The proposed Meat Technology Centre (MTC) is a beef & sheepmeat industry-led initiative, supported by Enterprise Ireland, which aims to build a strategic research and innovation base to help enable the sector to optimally exploit the industry’s projected long term growth opportunities.

Enterprise Ireland is currently seeking Expressions of Interest from Research Performing Organisations (RPOs) in the Republic of Ireland to respond to the strategic research and innovation needs that the sector has articulated.

  • Call opens: 13:00 hrs. on Monday 8th December, 2014.
  • Deadline for applications: 14:00 hrs. on Monday 23rd February, 2015.
  • RPO Briefing Day: Tuesday 9th December, 2014 at Enterprise Ireland, East Point Business Park, Dublin 3.

Full details on this Call are available at: Meat Technology Centre - Call for Expression of Interest Proposals from Research Performing Organisations.


Key contacts/more information

For more information on the Technology Centres Programme, visit Innovation Showcase or contact:

Martin Hussey 
Programme Manager - Technology Centres
Enterprise Ireland
Tel: + 353 1 727 2571

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Liam Brown
Programme Manager - Technology Centres
Enterprise Ireland
Tel: + 353 61 777047

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Conor Agnew
Programme Manager - Technology Centres