€6m fund will enable Irish industry to pilot new products and processes in collaboration with third level researchers.

Twenty-nine successful projects from across third level have secured €6m to buy world-leading research equipment to serve the R&D needs of Irish industry.

The €6m fund will provide companies with access to critical, leading-edge equipment. The Capital Equipment Fund is administered by Enterprise Ireland through the Technology Gateway and Technology Centre Programmes

“Great things happen when companies collaborate with third level institutions”

This equipment will allow them to engage in R&D activities, pilot manufacturing capability for new products and process development, enhance technology validation and testing capabilities, test bed generation and enhanced training potential for key industry staff on emerging technologies in collaboration with the technology gateways and technology centres across Ireland.

Inventing the future

“We hope to see some exciting new ideas and breakthroughs as a result,” said Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD.

“Great things happen when companies collaborate with third level institutions. Recent data show that companies which collaborate with our universities have double the turnover of those that don’t. Third level institutions benefit too, by getting to work with creative, business-minded entrepreneurs, working on solutions to real life problems. Congratulations to all the successful applicants, I look forward to seeing the fruits of this collaborative effort.”

The winners were selected through a rigorous evaluation process based on eligibility criteria for the call which included, but was not limited to, a strong track record of industry engagement, a significant industrial need for the new equipment, and space to service and maintain the equipment according to international standards.

The Technology Centre Programme is a joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. It allows Irish companies and multinationals to work together on market-focused strategic R&D projects in collaboration with research institutions.

More than 300 member companies collaborate with the centres in the areas of analytics, dairy processing, food for health, learning technologies, manufacturing, materials, meat technology, microelectronics and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

“This important investment coupled with the support and expertise of our technology gateways and centres will enable Irish industry to pursue their own innovation agendas particularly on challenges where they don’t have all of the resources ‘in house’,” said Gearoid Mooney, divisional manager, Research & Innovation at Enterprise Ireland.

“The successful projects announced today will provide equipment that is essential to serving the R&D needs of Irish industry and may give them an opportunity to try important assets before they invest in them.”

Successful applicants

Gateway / Centre Description
Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC) – UCD Particle Track
Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre (Shannon ABC) – Limerick IT Supercritical Fluid Extraction Suite
Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) – Waterford IT Botscan
MiCRA – TU Dublin Multimode Microplate Reader
Nimbus – MTU-Cork Cyber Range
Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre (Shannon ABC) – Limerick IT Controlled Environmental Laboratory
Pharmaceutical & Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC) – Waterford IT Near Infrared Spectrometer
MCCI – Tyndall National Institute, Cork Power Test System for High Voltage
Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis (CAPPA) – Cork IT  UV Raman and fluorscence spectograph
Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) – Athlone IT Multilayer Extrusion Line
South Eastern Applied Materials Research Centre (SEAM) – Waterford IT Micro x-ray Fluorescence Analysis System
Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) – Athlone IT 2D Fourier Transform Infra Red Microscope
South Eastern Applied Materials Research Centre (SEAM) – Waterford IT Coordinate Measurement Machine
South Eastern Applied Materials Research Centre (SEAM) – Waterford IT White Light Interferometer
Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) – Athlone IT Screw Driven Melt Reactor
DPTC – Teagasc Automoated FAME Robotic System
MTI – Teagasc X-Ray Computed Tomography Scanner
MiCRA – TU Dublin Ion Chromatograph
Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis (CAPPA) – MTU Cork Benchtop nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer
CREDIT- DkIT Environmental Test Suite
CREST – TU Dublin Invertered Fluorescent Microscope
Wireless Sensor & Applied Research (WiSAR) -Letterkenny IT 90GHz Anechoic Chamber
CREST – TU Dublin Servo-hydraulic Testing Machine
CREST – TU Dublin Weatherometer
FHI – Teagasc Sequencing System
DPTC – UL Elemental Analysis suite
CREDIT – DkIT Hemisphere Scanning LiDAR
Precision Engineering, Materials & Manufacturing (PEM) – IT Sligo 5 Axis Milling Machine
Shannon ABC – MTU Tralee Environmental Monitoring Suite

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 14 July 2021

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