Successful applicants for the Enterprise Ireland Capital Equipment Fund are to receive €6m to invest in research equipment.
Thirty-seven successful applicants from across the third level sector in Ireland have secured €6m in funding under the Capital Equipment Fund administered by Enterprise Ireland through the Technology Gateway and Technology Centre Programmes.
The Capital Funding Programme provides industry with access to critical, leading-edge equipment and infrastructure which will help them to build resilience and to remain globally competitive, particularly in the face of challenges such as those posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Access to the best in class technologies can provide a step-change in how companies innovate and develop new and globally differentiated products and services”
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 Gateway and Technology Centre programmes aim to bring Irish companies together with Irish research institutes to provide near-to-market innovation and solutions in a range of areas, both regionally and nationally,” Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD said.
“This fund directly supports innovative projects that are emerging from the ground up, providing the necessary technology to our Technology Gateways and Technology Centres to nurture and develop cutting edge research projects. I am confident the successful projects announced today have the potential to make a positive impact for the benefit of wider society including the development of innovative solutions and methodologies to address immediate national and global needs with respect to the Covid 19 crisis.”
Technology Gateway Programme
The Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Programme funds interactions between local and national industry and the Institutes of Technology and aims to increase collaboration and enterprise development at both a regional and national level.
The Technology Centres programme is a joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland and allows Irish companies and multinationals to work together on market focused strategic R&D projects in collaboration with research institutions.
15 Technology Gateways in nine Institutes of Technology and TU Dublin deliver innovation expertise to industry across Ireland. These Gateways provide companies of all sizes with access to over 300 highly skilled and industrially focused researchers, together with specialist equipment and facilities.
Each Technology Gateway focuses on key technology areas aligned to industry needs. Companies all over Ireland are using Technology Gateways to develop new or better products and services and smarter ways of doing things.
“Access to the best in class technologies can provide a step-change in how companies innovate and develop new and globally differentiated products and services,” said Gearoid Mooney, Divisional Manager, Research & Innovation at Enterprise Ireland.
“This important investment in equipment coupled with the support and expertise of our Technology Gateways and Technology Centres will help companies adapt, survive and, ultimately, thrive in the face of the current economic challenges.”
|Gateway / Centre||Equipment Description|
|Medical Engineering Technologies (MET) GMIT||An Ultrasound System and Associated Transducers|
|Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) Athlone IT||Stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer|
|CeADAR UCD||Data Science Computing Platform|
|CREST – TU Dublin||Thermal Analysis Suite|
|CREST – TU Dublin||Reflectometer|
|Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre (Shannon ABC) – Limerick IT||Liquid Chromatographer / Tandem Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer|
|Shannon ABC – IT Tralee||High Throughput ELISA Suite|
|Intelligent Mechatronics & RFID (IMaR) – IT Tralee||RFID Test and Development Suite|
|Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR)||State-of-the-art master/slave teleoperation system -Telebot|
|MiCRA – TU Dublin||Interconnected Instrument Suite|
|Meat Technology Ireland (MTI) – Teagasc||Meat Factory Automation Test Bed|
|Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC) UL||Cleaning Facility (for Pharmaceutical production)|
|IMR||Three axis CNC milling machine|
|APT||Planetary Roller Extruder|
|IMR||State-of-the-art multi robot system – Cobot|
|APT||Scanning Thermal Microscope with Nano Thermal Analysis|
|Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis (CAPPA) – Cork IT||Near Infra Red Hyperspectral Imaging Camera|
|COMAND – Athlone IT||Immersive Extended Reality (XR) suite|
|Shannon ABC (Limerick)||High End FT-IR Spectrometer|
|Shannon ABC (Tralee)||Plate Reader|
|Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC) – Teagasc||Cheese Characterisation suite|
|DPTC UCC||Dynamic Image Analyser|
|Shannon ABC (Limerick)||Microalgae Cultivation Suite|
|Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) Waterford IT||Smart Material and E-textile Living Lab|
|IMaR||Manufacturing in-line product inspection system suite|
|CREST – TU Dublin||Viscometer|
|PMTC – UCC||Liquid Dispenser / SLA Printer|
|SEAM||X-Ray Tomography Upgrade|
|Shannon ABC – Tralee||Cosmetic Suite|
|CREST– TU Dublin||Desktop Scanning Electron Microscope|
|CREST – TU Dublin||Glovebox|
|IMR||Dry Electropolishing system|
|Precision Engineering, Materials & Manufacturing (PEM) IT Sligo||General Material Test Suite|
|Food for Health Ireland (FHI) – Teagasc||High Precision Liquid Chromatographer|
|Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI) Tyndall||Cryogenic Refrigeration System|
|Wireless Sensor & Applied Research (WiSAR) Letterkenny IT||High Spec Scanner|
|Pharmaceutical & Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC) Waterford IT||Differential Scanning Calorimeter|
Written by John Kennedy (email@example.com)
Published: 4 June, 2020