Research and Innovation
Fusing our research abilities, expertise and resources to stimulate early-stage enterprise development
Combining the research strategies of Ireland’s two leading universities presents us with the ability and opportunity to forge ahead in areas where we truly believe we can make a difference to the world. Through major interdisciplinary and thematic institutes, researchers and scholars here in Dublin can link nationally and internationally, building on a cornerstone of interdisciplinarity to deliver research of global consequence.
Through the Innovation Alliance the universities support the transformation of research into high-tech and knowledge-intensive companies, creating an ecosystem for others to join.
UCD and TCD have together with their partners established Ireland's foremost applied research technology centres, including the National Digital Research Centre, the National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training, Molecular Medicine Ireland and Technology Research for Independent Living.
TCD Research Institutes include: Centre for Telecommunications and Value Chain Research; Institute of Molecular Medicine; Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience; Institute for International Integration Studies; Trinity Long Room Hub; Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices.
UCD Research Institutes include: Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology; Complex & Adaptive Systems Laboratory; Conway Institute; Earth Sciences Institute; Geary Institute; Humanities Institute of Ireland; Institute of Food & Health; Urban Institute of Ireland.
The UCD-TCD incubator units are home to more than 50 new companies. In 2009, UCD and TCD spun out 15 companies and currently have contracts with more than 300 multinational and indigenous companies. Ninety-eight patent applications, including 47 priority, 31 PCT (patent co-operation treaty) and 20 national/regional applications were also filed by UCD and TCD during 2009.
The two universities have 2,000 advanced science and engineering postgraduate students in training who will be the entrepreneurs and innovators of Ireland's knowledge economy.