☰       Show/Hide Menu

☰       Department Menu

Collaboration Opportunities

Invent DCU stimulates company innovation by encouraging companies to collaborate with DCU on research projects.

Why collaborate with DCU?  

  • Avail of the extensive research expertise available in DCU
  • Minimise risk and allow you concentrate on your core business
  • Reduce the financial risk and avail of funding schemes from state agencies
  • Complement your company's core expertise
  • Get early access to new technologies being developed

As one of Ireland’s youngest and most dynamic universities, DCU has always been responsive to the needs of industry particularly in its  research programmes and has developed an excellent reputation for its cutting-edge research. However it needs the input from companies to transform this research into innovative and commercially exploitable products and services. Companies can now seize the opportunities presented to them to use platform technologies for their specific business sectors and for specific markets. These collaboration opportunities ensure that you are constantly innovating!

We are keen to engage with industry to:

  • Introduce new technologies to the marketplace
  • License university innovations to established companies
  • License university innovations to initiate start-up companies
  • Work with commercial partners to locate in Invent and collaborate on R&D

The following are a variety of mechanisms and funding schemes available to facilitate industrial collaboration:

Innovation Vouchers (Enterprise Ireland)
The objective of the Innovation Voucher initiative is to build links between Ireland's research community and small businesses and to create a cultural shift in the small business community's approach to innovation. This scheme is open to any small limited Irish company with a business opportunity or problem that they want to explore with a university. The Innovation Voucher is worth €5,000.

Innovation Partnership Initiative (Enterprise Ireland)
This initiative offers financial support to companies who engage in collaborative research projects with Irish universities and institutes of technology. Enterprise Ireland provides grants of up to 80% towards eligible costs of the research project.
Invent DCU has successfully managed more Innovation Partnerships with companies than any other Irish University for the last three years. The team at Invent can help you to navigate your way to meet the right researchers and make it a rewarding process for all involved.

Campus-Industry Partnerships - Strategic Research Clusters (SFI)
These SRC partnerships helps link scientists and engineers across academia and industry to address crucial research questions, foster the development of new and existing Irish-based technology companies, and grow relationships with industry that could make an important contribution to Ireland and its economy. These clusters may be eligible for funding up to €5M in total over a 5 year period. In general, SFI may contribute 75% of the costs with the balance coming from the industrial partners which may be direct sponsorship of SRC activities, or in-kind contributions such as personnel, equipment, samples, devices, infrastructure, or valuable intellectual capital. SRCs at DCU include the folowing:
http://www.separationscience.ie/
http://www.ncpst.ie/precision/
http://www.mtci.ie/

Campus-Industry Partnerships - CSETs (SFI)
These CSETs are significantly larger scale academic-industrial partnerships which link scientists and engineers across academia and industry to address crucial research questions, foster the development of new and existing Irish-based technology companies, and grow relationships with industry that could make an important contribution to Ireland and its economy. These clusters may be eligible for funding up to €15-20M in total over a 5 year period. Once again, SFI may contribute 75% of the costs with the balance coming from the industrial partners which may be direct sponsorship of SRC activities, or in-kind contributions such as personnel, equipment, samples, devices, infrastructure, or valuable intellectual capital. CSETs at DCU include the following:
http://www.insight-centre.org/
http://www.bdi.ie

Other mechanisms and funding schemes available to facilitate collaboration with companies include:

Licensing a DCU technology

IRCSET Sponsored Researcher

Feasibility Study Grant

Technology Centres

The Invent team works closely with DCU’s Research and Innovation Support Team, Science Foundation Ireland and Enterprise Ireland to promote successful commercialisation of DCU research and to encourage and establish R&D links with industry through such schemes as outlined above.