The plans for developing research and innovation at DCU are based on the current institutional strategic plan: ‘Transforming Lives and Societies’. DCU’s vision for research and innovation is that: by 2017, DCU will be recognised internationally as a research intensive University of Enterprise that is distinguished by its focus on the translation of knowledge into societal and economic benefit. The brochure ‘A fresh vision for research and innovation at DCU’ summarises our goals for research and innovation at DCU and outlines the activities that will ensure the fulfillment of the University’s vision.
DCU will continue to pursue academic excellence as its first priority, and Faculties will be supported in their initiatives to enable their staff to contribute to this end. In particular, Faculties will implement initiatives to diversify their sources of research funding and to increase the number of staff with external funding and engaged with enterprises.
Beyond the continued support for academic excellence and in order to realise its ambitions for translating knowledge into societal benefit, DCU will focus much of its research on four externally facing research areas that are of national and international importance: health technologies, and the healthy and ageing society; information technology and the digital society; sustainable economies and societies; and democratic and secure societies. These areas will be enhanced and supported by three cross-cutting platforms: the societal impact platform (for human and social insights into science and technologies); the business innovation platform; and the science and technology enhancement platform.
The four major outward-facing areas will be organised as ‘research and enterprise hubs’, each coordinated by an academic director and supported by specialised staff. Through these mechanisms, DCU will have a structure to increase external support for its research and its knowledge transfer activities, and to maximise benefits delivered to society.
Specific actions to enhance research and innovation performance at the academic level are proposed and implemented through the Faculties and research units, supported by Research and Innovation Support and by internal funding mechanisms. A detailed implementation plan with appropriate performance measures will ensure that the research and innovation strategy delivers the intended outcomes.