The RDC makes available Multidisciplinary Themes the expertise, facilities and resources of the Institute for the wider benefit of the regional economy and provides extensive enterprise support that is supplemented through on-going research. The Institute has structured its research agenda around established and emerging themes of activity.

Established Research Areas

• ICT, Health and Ageing
• Energy and the Environment
• Creative Arts
• Emerging Research Areas
• Entrepreneurship
• Humanities and Social Sciences

In making available this research expertise to the wider business community, the Regional Development Centre, through its Technology Transfer and Applied Research office provides:

1. Industry Collaboration through Knowledge Transfer Services aimed at established enterprises and external organisations.

These services include:
a) Innovation support services
b) Applied Research that links organisational R&D needs with the Research expertise of the Institute
c) Consultancy and Advisory services of a customised nature
d) Technology Transfer.

In particular, the Regional Development Centre engages with industry through a number of programmes to include:



Funding Level


Enterprise Ireland
 Innovation Vouchers  €5,000 All small companies, in every sector of the Irish economy, can apply for a €5,000 to pay a registered knowledge provider to solve a technical or business challenge.
Enterprise Ireland
 Innovation Partnership Programme 80% towards eligible costs of the research project to develop new and improved products, processes or services, or generate new knowledge and know-how. Funding from Enterprise Ireland will normally not exceed €200,000 Offers financial support to companies who engage in collaborative research projects with Irish universities and Institutes of Technology
 Fusion  18 month support package – worth up to £44,250/€52,800 typically in the area of new product/service development.
12 month support project – worth £31,000/€37,000 typically in the area of process improvement.
 Partnering a company with a third-level institution, on a cross-border basis, with the specialist expertise and a high calibre science, engineering or technology graduate.
The graduate is employed by the company with mentoring from the academic partner and a FUSION consultant.

 2. Support for the Commercialisation of Institute Intellectual Property

In conjunction with our Technology Transfer Strengthening Initiative Partners at INVENT, DCU, the Institute continues to identify potential technology transfer opportunities and negotiate licensing and TT agreements of mutual benefit. Patenting opportunities, where viable, are progressed and relevant training on IP identification, protection and exploitation provided to researchers.
In this way, Dundalk Institute of Technology through the Regional Development Centre, is committed to ensuring that the knowledge it generates, particularly in the area of research and development in strategic and defined thematic areas is disseminated, transferred, applied and commercialised.

For further information, please contact:

Neil McLoughlin
Technology Transfer Manager
Tel: + 353 (0) 42 9370453
Mob: + 353 (0) 87 2481011