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Joint Research with Industry

CIT works very closely with industry, locally, regionally and nationally, which can be done through individuals, departments or specialist research centres. CIT works with industry to develop courses (link to relevant section in Collaborate with CIT) , provide employment opportunities to our students and graduates (link to careers office) as well as provide opportunities for our students to gain work experience through the industry placement (link to work placement)  that most students undertake during their time in CIT.


CIT has many specialist research centres (link to specialist research centres) that carry out research on behalf of industry. Annually CIT undertakes circa 100 collaborative projects of all sizes for industry across a wide spectrum of disciplines, and oftentimes are multidisciplinary in nature and approach.



Innovation Vouchers

The Innovation Voucher scheme is an Enterprise Ireland scheme to build links between Ireland's public knowledge providers (i.e. higher education institutes, public research bodies) and small businesses. Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company or companies to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider. The Innovation Voucher scheme is open to all small and medium-sized limited companies registered in Ireland. CIT is one of the top 3 providers of Innovation Vouchers of the 37 knowledge providers on the Island of Ireland, having delivered over 350 projects since the scheme began.


For more information contact :; +353 21 4336183 and




Innovation Partnerships

The Innovation Partnership Programme encourages Irish-based companies to work with Irish Research Institutes resulting in mutually beneficial co-operation and interaction. Companies can access expertise and resources to develop new and improved products, processes, services, and generate new knowledge and know-how. The participating company benefits in terms of its growth, the evolution of its strategic research and development and the creation of new knowledge that it can use to generate commercial advantage. The research institute benefits in terms of developing skill sets, intellectual property and publications.

The proposal application process to Enterprise Ireland and the administration of the project is managed by the College. To be eligible the company must be a registered client of one of the following state development agencies: Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Údarás na Gaeltachta, a Local Enterprise Office.

Manufacturing or internationally traded services companies with an operating base in the Republic of Ireland that wishes to collaborate with one or more research institutes, also based in the Republic of Ireland, is eligible to participate. The Innovation Partnership Programme provides grants of up to 80% towards eligible costs of the research project. Funding from Enterprise Ireland will normally not exceed €200,000.

For more information: + 353 21 4326697 Innovation Partnership



Enterprise Partnership Scheme 

The Enterprise Partnership Scheme is an innovative initiative through which the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) links with private enterprise and eligible public bodies to award co-funded postgraduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships to the most promising researchers in Ireland. IRCSET contributes two thirds to every award with the enterprise partner contributing the remaining one third amount.

The Scheme offers researchers the opportunity to gain additional beneficial experience and insight into the commercial arena while completing their research. It provides industry with flexible and easy access to an exceptional pool of competitively selected, high calibre researchers and the opportunity to build links with relevant academic research groups. The Scheme facilitates the establishment of new relationships and the strengthening of existing relationships between industry and academia