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Office of the Vice-President for Innovation

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

The mission of the Office of the Vice-President for Innovation is to enhance the value and quality of UCD’s innovation activities in order to achieve the maximum impact for the University, its partners, and for social and economic life in Ireland in the wider world.

To advance this mission the Office of the Vice-President for Innovation supports system-wide innovation activities across the University, including technological, policy, social and cultural innovation, through four key innovation themes:

  • Inspiring Creative Graduates

The Office of the Vice-President for Innovation supports and enables initiatives to inspire creative graduates at the University through a range of programmes. Programmes include the UCD Horizons Programme, the TCD-UCD Innovation Academy, the UCD Campus Company Development Programme and also Executive Education and Continuing Professional Development programmes.

  • Putting Knowledge to Work

The Office of the Vice-President for Innovation promotes initiatives that provide integrated solutions to global problems through problem-driven research at the University.

Through its Technology Transfer team, the Office of the Vice-President for Innovation engages with UCD’s research community to commercialise the outputs of their research programmes.

  • Partnering with Industry

The Office of the Vice-President for Innovation is the core interface between the University and the needs of industry and it promotes the creation and development of business partnerships including the licensing of UCD technology.

The Office of the Vice-President for 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, the Office of the Vice-President for Innovation manages facilities and provides related supports to enable industry and business to locate on campus in close proximity to the UCD research community.

  • Growing and Supporting New Business

The Office of the Vice-President for 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.