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.
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:
- Energy Research Technology Centre
- Cloud Computing Technology Centre
- E-Learning Technology Centre
- Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre
- Connected Health Technology Centre
- Data Analytics Technology Centre
- Dairy Processing Technology Centre
- Food for Health Ireland Technology Centre
- Governance Compliance and Risk Technology Centre
- Manufacturing Research Technology Centre
- Composites Technology Centre
- IT Innovation Technology Centre
- Meat Technology Centre
- 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.
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: