Technology Transfer


The overall Technology Transfer strategy for AIT is to generate a return on public investment in research, innovation and enterprise development by supporting the generation of high-potential start-ups and actively collaborating with existing companies, both SMEs and MNC’s, through market-informed applied research projects and knowledge transfer. AIT’s TT activity sits within an ecosystem which includes licensing, spin-out creation and start-up support.

AIT has considerable experience in working with companies on collaborative research and innovation projects, from schemes such as innovation vouchers and innovation partnerships through to industry co-funded postgraduate research projects.

Spin outs

Technology licencing

COMAND – Body Tracking & Analysis; Adaptive P2P Video Streaming; Multi-protocol Gateway for Internet of Things.

Case Studies (Scriba, Openet attach flyers)

Dealing with IP Ownership

Initiatives and Funding Supports

Irish Research Council -

The Irish Research Council is an independent and autonomous research funding and monitoring body established in March 2012.

Enterprise Ireland - Innovation vouchers

Feasibility Grants Innovation partnerships

Industry Presidents Seed Fund

This unique AIT initiative, offers industry partners an opportunity to investigate a research area of interest while part-sponsoring a Postgraduate student. Over 18 months
the Postgraduate student will divide their time between the company (up to 4 days per week) and AIT to suit the individual needs of the project. Benefits to the
company include:

● A body of cost-effective, company specific research carried out by a researcher

● A comprehensive report on the findings and recommendations from the research

● Assignment of foreground IP, if required

Collaborating with Industry

Collaborative Research

At AIT we work closely with industry partners in developing innovative and applied solutions, through:

Collaborative research : Fully-funded research : Contract Industrial Services : Technology licensing : Consultancy

Complemented with funding supported by:

Enterprise Ireland • Irish Research Council

Science Foundation Ireland • Intertrade Ireland

Health Research Board • Department of Agriculture (FIRM)

Environmental Protection Agency • Fullbright Fellowship European Commission


Our Industry focused research delivers impact to our client companies and contributes to economic development regionally and nationally.

Some examples of collaborations to date include:






AIT provides professional-level contractual consultancy work to external clients through an academic, researcher or other member of AIT staff in exchange for a full commercial fee. The work is specified (or agreed) by the client against deliverables agreed with AIT. (Excludes collaborative research, contract services and research grants).

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Undergraduate Project and Placement Opportunities

3rd & 4th years projects – link to schools & placement officers

Our Track Record

The Numbers: Our Research and Innovation Centres

90 Postgraduate Students

47 Dedicated Research and Technology Transfer Staff

80% Projects involve an industrial partner

€15,000 Average industrial partner contribution to a collaborative project

Since 207 completed more than 1,000 industry projects with over 250 companies