About Knowledge Transfer Ireland

Knowledge Transfer Ireland is the national office that helps business to benefit from access to Irish expertise and technology by making it simple to connect and engage with the research base in Ireland. Knowledge Transfer Ireland enables companies to innovate their business by signposting to novel technology and research expertise in Ireland and by providing best practice guidance to simplify the process of accessing this rich source of opportunity.

What is knowledge transfer?

Knowledge transfer is the means through which companies, entrepreneurs and other such as public sector organisations can access and share skills, knowledge, intellectual property, technologies and other resources with universities, institutes of technology and other publicly funded research institutes. Knowledge transfer can take place through various mechanisms including licensing, collaboration, consultancy or the creation of a spin out company.

How can knowledge transfer help my business?

Working with Ireland's State-funded research organisations such as universities, institutes of technology and other R&D centres of excellence can improve business productivity, sales and performance by innovating products, service and processes. Companies and entrepreneurs benefit from the sharing of knowledge and expertise and accessing technology and intellectual property which can increase business competitiveness.

Knowledge Transfer Framework


Ireland's Intellectual Property Protocol explained


Our People


Meet the team and our advisors


Reports & Publications


Reports and Publications