Collaborative Research Projects - a company or organisation will pay a contribution to the full economic cost of the research project and the remainder will be funded through exchequer or non-exchequer sources. In this case,

  1. Research outcomes are not known in advance, but the general area of study (or at least its starting point) is defined;
  2. Academic ‘right to publish’ applies;
  3. Seeks to create new knowledge and understanding for the benefit of society, including the sponsoring company;
  4. Uses of UCD resources (e.g. specialist equipment, lab space, computer facilities), and resources at the company where necessary;
  5. Value comes from the skill of the researchers, their ability to work collaboratively with the sponsor and from the broader resources provided by UCD;
  6. Sponsor may be granted limited commercial rights to use the results – perhaps only in a non-exclusively way
  7. Long timescales of project approximately 1-5years

Contract Research Projects – a company or organisation has a specific research need and will meet the full economic cost of carrying out the programme of work. In this case,

  1. Outcomes are not known in advance, but the area of study is clearly specified;
  2. Generally academic ‘right to publish’ applies
  3. Seeks to create new knowledge and understanding that is especially relevant to the sponsor
  4. Most likely to use resources at UCD
  5. Commercial rights negotiated on a case by case, but usually with an expectation that the sponsor will be able to use the results commercially
  6. Value comes from the skill of the researchers, and the broader resources provided by UCD
  7. Intermediate timescales of project approximately 3 months to 3 years

Consultancy - an academic, researcher or other member of UCD Energy Institute can provide professional-level work as an expert adviser or consultant to an external organisation (in the business, public or not-for-profit sector), in exchange for a full commercial fee.

  1. Outcomes are usually known in advance, and an agreed ‘schedule of work’ defines activities and outputs in detail
  2. Commercial confidentiality terms apply. Publication is not normally permitted
  3. The consultant applies their existing knowledge and expertise to help the client address their specific problem, need or opportunity
  4. Limited/no use of UCD resources, which (if used) are charged at full commercial rates
  5. Organisation owns all of the results of the work, including copyright in any reports or documents created
  6. Value comes from the specific expertise, knowledge, and experience of the individual consultant(s)
  7. Short timescales (often days or weeks

Enterprise Studentships – a company or organisation will fully fund a Masters or Ph.D. graduate student where the dissertation research will be focused on a project of interest to the sponsor. By working closely with a company/organisation, the student benefits from an enhanced research experience as well as having the opportunity to learn key transferable skills relevant ideally leading to direct employment within the organisation afterwards.

Event Sponsorship - a company or organisation can support UCD Energy Institute through sponsorship (in-kind or cash contribution) of workshops and conferences, development and delivery of educational courses and support of student or staff exchanges.