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Industry Academic Collaborations

Trinity is committed to supporting industry — from SMEs to MNCs, from short term projects to long term on-going collaborative projects. In a national or international context, we work collaboratively with industry stakeholders and agencies to share infrastructure and expertise, tackle industry relevant research challenges, problems, or address grand challenges.

For more information contact Dr Chris Keely

Funding support for collaborative research

There are a number of opportunities for companies to benefit from research funding, and our professional corporate partnership team will work with you to navigate the complicated funding system and identify the right opportunity for the proposed partnership. This page outlines some of the methods of engagement available to support industry-academic collaboration.

For information on current research opportunities available to Trinity researchers, please contact the Research Development Office directly.

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Enterprise Ireland

Enterprise Ireland is the government organisation responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets.

Methods of engagement with Trinity:

  • Technology Centres
  • Innovation Partnerships
  • Innovation Vouchers
  • Technical Feasibility Study
  • Commercialisation Fund

Science Foundation Ireland

Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is the national foundation for investment in scientific and engineering research.  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, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Methods of engagement with Trinity:

  • SFI Investigators Programme
  • SFI Industry Fellowships
  • SFI Research Centres
  • SFI Research Centre Spokes Programme
  • SFI Strategic Partnerships
  • SFI Short-Term Industry Visiting Fellowships

Direct Industry Support

Trinity can offer a number of services to directly support industry R&D.

Methods of engagement with Trinity:

  • Contract Research
  • Rapid Materials Analysis
  • Local Manufacturing Support
  • Consultancy
  • Specialist Training

European Union

The EU provides funding for a broad range of projects and programmes including Horizon Europe, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €95 billion of funding available over 7 years (2021 to 2027).

Methods of engagement with Trinity:

  • Framework Programme
  • Partnering with Leading Institutions
  • Leveraging EU Funding
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Service Agreements
  • Horizon 2020
  • Recruitment, Placement & Exchange


Ireland's inward investment promotion agency, the IDA, is a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting Foreign Direct Investment into Ireland through a wide range of services.

Methods of engagement with Trinity:

  • Securing FDI
  • Promoting Irish Research Excellence
  • Showcase the 'Best-in-Class' Technologies
  • International Company Engagement
  • Technology Centre
  • Training Support

Higher Education Authority

The Higher Education Authority is the statutory planning and policy development body for higher education and research in Ireland.

Methods of engagement with Trinity:

  • Delivery of Infrastructure Access
  • Enabling Fundamental Research Base
  • Foundation delivery of core research

For a full list of Major Research Funding Agencies supporting Irish companies, please visit the Knowledge Transfer Ireland website.