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Innovation Themes

Professor Orla Feely is Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact at University College Dublin and leads UCD Research and Innovation.

Whatever the form, we require all research and innovation supported within UCD to be excellent, and umbiguously identifiable as such by meaures applied within the relevant sphere internationally. Research and innovation of this calibre deliver impact, advancing knowledge, supporting enterprise, informing policy and underpinning the nature and quality of the education we deliver to our students.

UCD Research and Innovation supports system-wide innovation activities across the University, including technological, policy, social and cultural innovation, through a number of areas or themes including;

  • Inspiring Creative Graduates

UCD Research and Innovation supports and enables initiatives to inspire creative and entrepreneurial graduates at the University through a range of programmes. Such programmes and activities include UCD Horizons, UCD Innovation Academy and UCD commercialisation and enterprise support programmes available at NovaUCD (e.g. UCD Startup Stars; 1-day Innovation Sprint; 5-week Commercialisation Bootcamp and 3-month VentureLaunch Accelerator). 

  • Putting Knowledge to Work

UCD Research and Innovation promotes initiatives that provide integrated solutions to global problems through problem-driven research at the University. Working with industry, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations, problem-driven research at UCD recognises that all of the significant global challenges require interdisciplinary solutions. In addition through the Technology Transfer team at NovaUCD, UCD Research and Innovation  engages with UCD’s research community to identify, protect and commercialise the outputs of their research programmes.

  • Partnering with Industry

UCD Research and Innovation is the core interface between the University and the needs of industry and promotes the creation and development of business partnerships. UCD Research and Innovation also develops, advises and manages programmes and activities that support and enhance a vibrant environment for industry collaboration with local, national and global companies. Through NexusUCD, The Industry Partnership Centre, UCD Research and Innovation manages facilities and provides related supports to enable innovation-led companies, who wish to collaborate with and benefit from UCD's world-class research base, locate in close proximity to its research community.

  • Growing and Supporting New Business

UCD Research and Innovation manages NovaUCD, the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs. At NovaUCD, in state-of-the-art facilities, new high-tech and knowledge-intensive companies are nurtured and supported to enable them to grow, develop and create jobs.