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.
The Directory of Centres published 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:
- Dairy Processing Technology Centre - launched 2 Feb 2015, Arrabawn Co-Op, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
- Biorefining and Bioenergy | View Biorefining and Bioenergy video
- IT Innovation | View IT Innovation video
- Applied Nanotechnology | View Applied Nanotechnology video
- Composite Materials | View Composite Materials video
- Microelectronics | View Microelectronics video
- Food for Health Ireland
- Manufacturing Research
- International Energy Research Centre
- Learnovate Centre | View Learnovate Video
- Cloud Computing
- Financial Services – Governance, Risk and Compliance
- Connected Health (ARCH)
- Data Analytics (CeADAR)
- Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC)
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: