Collaborate and Access Research Expertise

University College Dublin has an international reputation for being at the forefront of innovative research and creative discovery.

The university has six major research themes:

  • Agri-Food
  • Culture, Economy and Society
  • Data Science
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Health

UCD works closely with the Irish State Agencies and EU funding bodies to develop collaborative industry linkages and can advise on the wide range of public funding mechanisms for research collaboration. Examples of such funding include:

Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers Initiative: This funding is focused on small companies were €5,000 is available to assist a company to explore a business opportunity or problem with a designated knowledge provider.

Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnerships Initiative: This encourages Irish based companies to work with Irish colleges to access their expertise and resources to develop new and improved products, processes, services, and generate new knowledge and know-how. Enterprise Ireland provides grants of up to 80% towards eligible costs of the research project.

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centres Programme: These centres link scientists and engineers in partnerships across academia and industry to address crucial research questions, foster the development of new and existing Irish-based technology companies, attract industry that could make an important contribution to Ireland and its economy, and expand educational and career opportunities in Ireland in science and engineering.

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Strategic Research Clusters: These are groups of researchers addressing topics of strategic importance for Ireland. This enables the development of working relationships between the partners. SFI currently supports 19 SRCs. Click here for information on currently funded clusters see:

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Technology and Innovation Development Award (TIDA): TIDA facilitates greater interaction between SFI-funded researchers and engineers developing new technologies and industrial partners. The aim of the programme is the generation of new applied technologies. Funding is up to €100k for 12 months.

European Union and Framework Funding Programmes: There are numerous international programmes that stimulate and improve collaboration between companies in different EU member states



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