Featured Article 02 May 2012

As outlined in the current Programme for Government, introducing companies to the research expertise in Irish Higher Education Institutes with the aim of generating innovative technologies leading to job creation is of the utmost importance.

In line with this commitment to generating economic value from publicly-funded research, the Government has provided funding to establish industry-led Technology Centres. These centres are collaborative entities established and led by industry.  They are resourced by highly qualified researchers associated with research institutions who are empowered to undertake market focussed strategic R&D for the benefit of industry. This is a joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland allowing Irish companies and multinationals to work together in these centres.

Technology Centres
There are 9 existing industry-led research centres in the Technology Centres Programme. Details of each centre and contact information is available on their respective websites:

Biorefining and Bioenergy [http://www.ccbb.ie] [View Biorefining and Bioenergy video]
IT Innovation [http://ivi.nuim.ie/] [View IT Innovation video]
Applied Nanotechnology [http://www.ccan.ie] [View Applied Nanotechnology video]
Composite Materials [http://www.ul.ie/icomp/] [View Composite Materials video]
Microelectronics [http://www.mcci.ie] [View Microelectronics video]
Food for Health Ireland [http://www.fhi.ie]
Manufacturing Research [http://www.icmr.ie]
Energy Efficiency [http://www.i2e2.ie]
International Energy Research Centre [http://www.ierc.ie]

Three more are currently being established:

Learning Technologies
Financial Services
Cloud Computing

Generally, the Centres are based in a University with support from partner colleges to deliver on the research needs of the companies.

New Call for Proposals - Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre
The Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre is currently being set up by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland to provide world-leading, industry-led research to the pharmaceutical industry in Ireland. Researchers are now invited to submit proposals for the Initial Research Programme of the Centre, around process analytical technologies (PAT) and continuous manufacturing. The call is subdivided into six Research Themes. The call is open to all researchers in third-level institutions and non-profit research organisations using the following Application Form.  For full background information on the development of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre, read PMTC Detailed Description of Needs Document.

Please note that the call closes at 12 noon on the 29th of June 2012. Applications received after this time will not be eligible. An Information meeting will be held at the Moran’s Red Cow Hotel, Naas Road on 18th May from 11.00 to 1.00pm. Company representatives and funding agencies will be present to discuss the projects with interested Researchers.

All enquiries about this call should be directed to:
Una Moran
Enterprise Ireland
Tel: + 353 87 7591572

Am I eligible?
Once established, Technology Centres are open for participation to companies in Ireland.

Maximum funding available
The requirements of each Technology Centre will be different, but as a guide a successful centre would operate with State funding of the order of €1M per year over a five year period.  Continued funding would depend upon a range of metrics such as increasing industry research funding, growing the numbers of companies involved, licences and the revenue from them and spin-offs, new products and processes leading to increased export sales.

How do I apply?
Call for Proposals for the Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Centre now open. See above information and application form.

Call Close date
Call closes at 12:00 noon on 29th June, 2012.

Key contacts/more information
If you want more information on the Technology Centre programme, or on joining an existing centre, please contact:

Martin Hussey
Programme Manager - Technology Centres
Enterprise Ireland
Tel: + 353 1 727 2571

Barry Heavey - IDA Ireland

Conor Agnew - IDA Ireland

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