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The Ignite Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is a high performance team that guides breakthrough NUI Galway research to business reality. This portal provides external information to Industry and Investors wishing to avail of TTO services and commercialisation opportunities, as well as internal information such as policy and process to NUI Galway research community.

Innovation Partneships

Building relationships, partnerships and trust between industry and academia is of utmost importance to NUI Galway TTO and one which can be of mutual benefit to both parties especially when it can lead to commercial successes. Examples of this outreach activity can be seen in the TTO involvement in the Innovation Partnership Programme. If you are interested in learning more about this programme and engaging with NUI Galway as a collaborative partner please contact the Ignite TTO and we will be happy to assist you.

The Innovation Partnership Programme is one framework available to support collaborative research and partnerships between Industry and the third level research institutions. This initiative offers, through funding agencies, 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 such research projects.

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The TTO promotes this collaborative research scheme to both academics and industry and will assist both parties to find the right expertise internally to carry out the research or externally to secure the right partner for the project.

The advantages for a business engaging in the Innovation partnership scheme;

  1. Increase the development potential of the business 
  2. Give the company access to hot technologies developed in the Irish third-level sector
  3. Provide a cost-effective approach to innovative product and process development

The advantages for the college engaging in the Innovation partnership scheme;

  1. Developing industrial links as a mechanism for commercial output of new or novel technology development
  2. Getting to see the needs of industry first hand
  3. Increase research income generated for the college

The Innovation partnership process

  • Industry and academia must review the Innovation partnership guidelines and fill out the necessary paperwork
  • An outline proposal form must be submitted to EI to obtain a project approval code, before completing a proposal for submission.
  • There is a monthly submission date which must be adhered to.
  • The TTO will review the project proposals and provide feedback on the proposal to the academic who is responsible for completing the application, with support from the industrial partner.
  • Before the approvals board meeting the submission will also go through a technical review and the company will go through a business review. A positive outcome from the reviews means the project can be submitted to the approvals board.
  • EU guidelines are very important in relation to IP and the college and the industrial party must put a heads of agreement and research agreement in place in relation to the ownership of IP and the exploitation process if the project is successfully funded.

In summary as a result of the NUI Galway projects

  • Industry has seen an increase in the development potential of their business
  • R & D teams have secured access to technologies which have been developed by research centres in the third level institutions.
  • Development of a relationship between research experts and industry and as a result created cost-effective approaches to innovative products and process development.
  • This model allows industry the freedom to concentrate on more strategic tasks in product development.
  • Opportunity for researchers to test their research in an industrial environment.
  • Engagement with companies who are closer to the customer and market.

Innovation Vouchers

The objective of the Innovation Voucher initiative is to build links between Ireland's public knowledge providers and small businesses and create a cultural shift in the small business community's approach to innovation. These vouchers are worth €5000 to a business who wishes to engage with a knowledge provider to conduct a specific piece of work. This piece of work is given to the knowledge provider in a work plan.

These work plans are submitted through the TTO to provide the suitable expertise internally to carry out the work. NUI Galway has numerous centers of excellence and supports many Innovation vouchers on an ongoing basis between industry and academia. These vouchers are extremely helpful and often provide the first engagement between Industry and a third level institute.

The forms and guidelines for the Innovation Voucher scheme can be found on the EI website and please contact the Ignite TTO if you are interested in engaging in this initiative with NUI Galway as a knowledge provider.


IRCSET (Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology) forms a Board of senior academic and industrial figures and operates multi-million euro research funding initiatives which support talented researchers in their early stage career formation across Masters, Doctoral and Postdoctoral levels in the area of science, engineering and technology.

The scheme facilitates the establishment of new relationships and the strengthening of existing relationships between Industry and academia, while offering financial support for projects to researchers at an early stage of career development.

 The emphasis of our funding programme is on exploratory research aimed at yielding new concepts, findings and innovations within Ireland. Funding is made available through a series of strictly competitive calls for applicants. Selection for funding is based on merit and the decision processes are overseen by independent assessment panels.

IRCSET’s initiatives are funded by the National Development Plan of Ireland under the auspices of the Department of Education & Skills.

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NDRC is an independent enterprise dedicated to accelerating research from idea to income. Our collaborative approach with technology and business innovators drives greater collective success while cultivating bolder attitudes towards invention and investment.

NDRC analyses and assesses new and emerging technologies and market opportunities within the economy’s most important sectors. We support the development of ideas, bridging the gap in knowledge, expertise and financial support that separates innovation from the marketplace.

NDRC is currently seeking companies, researchers and start-ups to work with us through Inventorium and our Catalyser and LaunchPad investment programmes.  For more information see


Other Funding agencies we work with here in NUIGalway TTO are:


Science Foundation Ireland:

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) invests in academic researchers and research teams who are most likely to generate new knowledge, leading edge technologies and competitive enterprises in the fields of science and engineering underpinning three broad areas:

SFI makes grantsbased upon the merit review of distinguished scientists.

SFI also advances co-operative efforts among education, government, and industry that support its fields of emphasis and promotes Ireland’s ensuing achievements around the world.


IDA Ireland

Focus on Innovation: Continuous innovation plays a central role in Ireland’s future as a knowledge-based economy. Recognising this, the Irish Government put in place a national Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (SSTI) in the 1990s. Following from this significant funding and support are available to fuel innovation across industry, research and education.
This strategy is now paying dividends, fostering a new generation of innovators, supporting exciting collaborative projects and delivering future solutions to the marketplace.


FP7 in Ireland

Ireland has already benefitted greatly from previous EU Framework programmes, with our third level and company-based researchers drawing down almost €200 million from the Sixth EU Framework Programme.

The Seventh EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) was launched at the end of 2006 with a budget of approximately €50 billion covering the period 2007 to 2013. Under the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (SSTI) 2006-2013, Ireland has set a goal to become a leader in research and development and innovation. The SSTI sets a target of €400 million to be secured by Irish participants in FP7. This target was set, however, before the final structure and budgets for FP7 had been finalised.

At the start of FP7, work took place to establish a set of indicators by which Irish participation in FP7 would be monitored and to propose a new, more detailed set of targets for Irish participation in the programme up to the end of 2013. Based on the work undertaken, the Cabinet Committee has agreed that the total share of EU funding to be targeted by Ireland over the lifetime of FP7 should be in the region of €600 million.

The National Support Network for FP7 in Ireland was established in 2006 to ensure that Ireland gets maximum benefit from FP7.

Click here to read more about the National Support Network for FP7 in Ireland


Industry Contract Research

NUIGalway Research Centers work closely with all Industries and encourage you to contact us so we can help bring your business into the future with our cutting edge research Institutes.

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