Technology Centres

Overview

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

There are 14 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. Energy Research Technology Centre
  2. Cloud Computing Technology Centre
  3. E-Learning Technology Centre
  4. Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre
  5. Connected Health Technology Centre
  6. Data Analytics Technology Centre
  7. Dairy Processing Technology Centre
  8. Food for Health Ireland Technology Centre
  9. Governance Compliance and Risk Technology Centre
  10. Manufacturing Research Technology Centre
  11. Composites Technology Centre
  12. IT Innovation Technology Centre
  13. Meat Technology Centre (website under development)
  14. Microelectronics Technology Centre

Technology Centres whether hosted in a University or not have support from partner colleges to deliver on the research needs of the companies.  

 

Technology Centre Expo 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.  

 

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

 + 353 1 727 2571

Martin Hussey

Ken Finnegan

Programme Manager - Technology Centres

IDA

+353 1 6034000

Ken Finnegan

Web: IDA Ireland