There is a thriving research and postgraduate community in WIT and many of their researchers have a high profile in both national and EU academic communities.
Research & Innovation at WIT
In 2013-2014, WIT expended €20.5m in research and 87 new research projects were funded. WIT works proactively with researchers and industry partners supporting the development of new technologies, products and processes resulting in:
- 5 licences
- 16 invention disclosures
- 6 patent filings
- 59 innovation vouchers completed
- 9 innovation partnerships initiated
- 8 spin out companies between 2007 and 2013
- 23 client companies in ArcLabs in Waterford and Kilkenny
- 128 staff employed by ArcLabs client companies
The Telecommunication Software and Systems Group (TSSG) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for ICT research and innovation. Their core expertise focuses on:
- Telecoms networks
- Mobile services
Their research teams comprise some of Ireland’s leading telecommunications and software engineering experts; this knowledge and expertise has enabled them to work with academic and industry leaders from around the globe including: Nokia, Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks and Alcatel-Lucent – as well as Tier 1 operators including Telefónica/O2, T-Mobile, T-Systems (a division of Deutsche Telekom), Telecom Italia, Vodafone, Telenor Group and Portugal Telecom.
The Pharmaceutical and Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC) is an applied research centre which aims to support the sustainable growth of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry in the South East of Ireland. Situated in the heart of the region on the WIT campus, the centre seeks to stimulate research and innovation, allowing companies to embed R&D into their activities. One of
13 Enterprise Ireland Applied Research Enhancement (ARE) centres, the PMBRC consists of a 700 m2 state-of-the-art facility with 34 highly-trained research personnel.
The PMBRC has established links with national and international partners in industry, academia and medical care institutions. Locally PMBRC has worked with Eirgen Pharma to support them in the development and commercialisation of new drugs.
South Eastern Applied Materials Research Centre (SEAM) is an industry focussed applied research centre, providing innovative materials engineering solutions for companies from a wide range of sectors including:
- Bio-medical devices
- Precision engineering
- Industrial technologies
SEAM offers direct consultancy, characterisation, failure analysis and strategic research partnership programs (short, medium and long term) to support industries throughout Ireland.
Eco-Innovation Research Centre
Research activities at the Eco-Innovation Research Centre (EIRC) focus on the innovative development of ‘high value-added technologies/products/processes from natural resources’ and ‘low environmental impact processing/growth methods’. Sustainable solutions for the future development of industries such as the marine, agriculture and forestry sectors, and ‘green’ chemistry for pharmaceutical synthesis, require a collaborative approach. Eco-Innovation research at WIT is supported across a broad range of disciplines:
- Molecular Ecology Research
- Sustainable Marine Research
- Agri-Food Research
- Sustainable Agriculture Research
- Sustainable Forestry Research