Technology Transfer Offices (TTO)

Ireland’s institutes are now working together in knowledge transfer consortia to share and scale expertise.

The consortia are as follows.

Find contact details for the individual HEI (Higher Education Institute) by clicking on their highlighted name below:

  • Dublin City University (DCU) working with Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) .
  • TU Dublin (formerly DITITB), ITTD) working with, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), National College of Ireland (NCI) and The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS).
  • National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) working with Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Institute of Technology Sligo (ITS), Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT).
  • Maynooth University (MU) working with Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT), Institute of Technology Carlow (ITC), Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT).
  • University College Cork (UCC) working with Cork Institute of Technology (CIT), Teagasc, Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT)
  • University of Limerick (UL) working with Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT).
  • University College Dublin (UCD) working with National College of Art and Design (NCAD) (now a college of UCD).
  • Trinity College Dublin (TCD) working with the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI).

The Role of a Technology Transfer Office (TTO)

Research and innovation are cornerstones of Ireland’s economic development policy. Significant State investment has been made over the past decade in science and technology resulting in a strong base of research expertise. Ireland’s universities, institutes of technology (IoT) and research organisations have a professional technology transfer infrastructure in place to work with existing companies and to support new enterprises to leverage the value in this investment.

The technology transfer offices (TTOs) and industrial liaison offices in Ireland’s HEIs and research organisations help companies and investors to:

  • Access new knowledge and expertise to drive innovation through research collaboration, contracted services and consultancy.
  • Identify and license new technologies and intellectual property (IP) relevant to their business.
  • Make use of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.

The majority of people working in technology transfer in Ireland have a background working in companies, from multi-nationals to start-ups, and understand the issues that businesses face when seeking to innovate. Technology transfer teams have scientifically trained business managers and act as sector experts, able to translate the needs of business and to identify exciting new commercial propositions.

Technology Transfer Staff are skilled in:

  • finding academic partners for companies
  • commercial assessment
  • contract drafting and negotiation
  • protecting and managing intellectual property (IP)
  • company formation
  • company incubation

Since 2007, the State has invested in boosting the knowledge transfer capability and capacity in Ireland's research base. A total of €52 million has been invested (2012-2016) through two rounds of the Enterprise Ireland Technology Transfer Strengthening Initiative (TTSI) programme. The results to date have been encouraging. By the end of the first round of TTSI in 2012, there was a fourfold increase in translating State-funded research into new spin-out companies, and a seven-fold increase in licensing of new technologies to companies.