Growing MIRC Capacity

1,100m2 expansion to support entrepreneurs and innovators

Research, Innovation & Enterprise


TUS Athlone has three strategic research institutes in Polymer, Recycling, Industrial, Sustainability and Materials research (PRISM), Bioscience research (BRI) and Software research (SRI), along with two Enterprise Ireland funded Technology Gateways – Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) and Connected Media Application Design and Delivery (COMAND) - driving market-informed research in collaboration with industry partners.

A strong research infrastructure and tradition of focused inquiry has earned TUS awarding authority to doctoral level across these areas. Further research clusters exist at faculty level.

TUS’s strategy is to be partner of choice for enterprise, focusing our applied research, innovation and enterprise support activities on addressing the needs of regional and national industry by proactively collaborating with start-ups and established companies and by providing a comprehensive range of knowledge intensive services, with a focus on SMEs.

The purpose-built Research HUB located on East Campus is home to research graduates both MSc and PhD.

The Midlands Innovation and Research Centre (MIRC) operates as a converging hub for innovation, research and enterprise. It provides incubation facilities for innovative and knowledge -based enterprise, delivers the Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers entrepreneur development programme in partnership with Maynooth University, is a location of ESA Space Solutions Centre Ireland, and makes available the resources and expertise of TUS to support client companies and enterprise in the region.

TUS has been building its research, innovation and enterprise capacity over recent decades and has in place the conduits to transfer knowledge and technologies in a manner that supports entrepreneurs, innovators, SMEs and industry partners.