Cork Institute of Technology is one of Ireland’s leading third level research institutions. Our income is approximately €18m annually - over 80% of our projects involving an industry partner and 25% of our income coming directly from industrial contributions.
CIT has over 210 registered postgraduate research students and 100 dedicated research staff. Our research community has many strong engagements with industry, being involved in research projects with over 130 companies and completing over 410 undergraduate projects with industrial partners annually.
We are specialists in dealing with intellectual property. A hallmark of CIT research activity is our focus on internationally competitive, multidisciplinary research in targeted areas of societal and economic significance both nationally and on a global scale. This makes CIT researchers the perfect partners for industry.
CIT research focuses on eight thematic areas:
- Life Sciences and Wellbeing – molecular diagnostics, biotherapeutics, gait analysis, biomedical engineering
- Photonics – optics, semiconductor lasers, spectroscopy, biophotonics and astronomy
- Information and Communications Technology – Cyber-Physical Systems and Internet of Things, with applications in energy systems, industry 4.0, water systems management and smart cities
- Maritime, Energy and Sustainable environment – renewable energy testbeds, energy efficient buildings, maritime safety and security, maritime transport and logistics
- Exercise and health – overweight and obesity in children
- Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness and Innovation – entrepreneurship applied to companies and interactions between companies that promote competitiveness and innovation
- Education and Learning – enterprise engagement and technology enhanced education
- Creative and Performing Arts – fine arts, music and multimedia
The Industry Liaison Office in CIT is responsible for all technology transfer activities between the institute and industry. These activities include:
- Managing the institute’s intellectual property (IP) policy
- Creating and promoting awareness of IP within CIT through guides, seminars, guest speakers, lectures, training courses, etc.
- Creating and building strong links with industry
- Generating income for education and future research
- Facilitating commercialisation of the institute’s research for the public good
- Working with CIT staff, researchers and students to commercialise their discoveries through the creation of CIT campus companies and the licensing of institute IP to Irish companies
Niall Smith, Head of Research