Research is a cornerstone of academic activity throughout UCD, and has particularly strong links to Innovation in the College of Engineering & Architecture. First and foremost, curiosity and the desire to increase the body of knowledge in the world, are what drive our studies. The research is directed by our faculty members, and much of it is performed by postgraduate students (at both Masters and PhD level) and full-time post-doctoral research staff. In this way we are training a new generation of researchers, who will contribute to the economy and society by means of the advanced skills and knowledge they develop whilst at UCD. 

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The commercialisation of College research and innovation is supported by NovaUCD the university’s Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs.   
NovaUCD supports faculty collaboration with companies and the protection, management, and exploitation of Intellectual Property.
It also offers a purpose-built, state-of-the-art incubation facility for knowledge-intensive companies and new ventures and entrepreneurs.

The most obvious impact of our research can be seen in the peer-reviewed papers which are published continuously in respected international journals. Data from Thomson Reuters InCites shows that the College’s publication impact in Engineering & Technology is 58% above world average. This is an indicator of how frequently UCD’s Engineering & Technology papers are cited relative to other institution’s papers.