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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
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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
  • Security
  • 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.

TSSG has spun out a number of internationally successful companies including FeedHenry (purchased by RedHat) and NearForm

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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.

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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
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Micro-electronic
  • Precision engineering
  • Industrial technologies

SEAM offers direct consultancy, characterization, 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

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RIKON is a hybrid centre of innovation in Business Technology Management situated on the WIT campus in the heart of the South East of Ireland. We engage in academic and applied research and through our business consultancy department and we specialise in solving business problems and creating commercial opportunities through pioneering research advancements across business strategy, innovation, design, operational excellence and technology optimisation. We utilise knowledge from academia and practice to advance the state of the art and incubate the future. We are different from other firms and research centres because we bring research science to the art of business strategy and innovation.

RIKON is different because our people think differently. We are a hybrid of business strategists, technologists and design thinkers who transform the way organisations develop their services, processes, and strategies. Our BizTech strategists work with companies to help them create new business or re-imagine how they do business better. Our business consultants will identify critical issues and opportunities and deliver tailored insights and practical actions rather than off-the-shelf solutions. Our unique approach to consultancy has achieved results for firms across all industries – Technology, Engineering, Pharma, Energy, Tourism, Retail & Distribution, eCommerce, Healthcare, Professional Services and Telecommunications.

RIKON can help companies:

✔    Create a growth strategy for their business to ensure sustainability going forward

✔    Innovate and redefine business models for profitability

✔    Maximise technology investment to drive business growth

✔    Develop IT vision, strategies and governance models

✔    Design and Simulate process improvements

✔    Remove complexity and cost triggers

✔    Optimise the process efficiency of the business

✔    Design innovative services for the needs of our clients customers

✔    Differentiate offerings from competitors

✔    Develop actionable market strategies and plans for execution to maximise the full potential of our clients marketplace

✔    Improve customer relationship management capability to maximise profitability

✔    Increase revenue and margin growth

For more information, please contact 051-834032 or email



Waterford Institute of Technology has great experience working on Interreg-funded projects in a wide variety of areas such as sensor technologies for monitoring aquatic life to energy systems for the fish industry to enhancing business effectiveness and improving employment and education opportunities.

Waterford Institute of Technology is currently participating in 2 Interreg projects, funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland-Wales Programme 2014-2020;

STREAM (Sensor Technologies for Remote Environmental Aquatic Monitoring)

The STREAM (Sensor Technologies for Remote Environmental Aquatic Monitoring) project will bring together partners on both sides of the Irish Sea to better understand the impact of climate change; lower the cost of marine observation and accelerate the process of data provision.
STREAM will develop sensors capable of providing real-time environmental data through web portals, mobile applications and mass-produced sensors for organisations responsible for protecting and improving Welsh and Irish waters. Data collected will be shared locally to keep coastal communities informed about the local impacts of climate change.
The STREAM project is led by Waterford Institute of Technology and is in conjunction with Swansea University and Cork Institute of Technology

, funded by the Ireland Wales Programme 2014-2020. For more information visit:

piSCES - The Smart Cluster Energy System for the fish processing industry

This Smart Cluster Energy System (piSCES) project supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme will investigate how smart grid technologies will ultimately reduce the costs and carbon footprint of Energy Networks in the fish processing industry. Waterford Institute of Technology are the lead the project through its ICT research division TSSG and Cardiff University (CU) plan to research, design and develop microgrid networks in conjunction with production centres in Ireland and in Wales. The implementation partners, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) in Ireland and the Milford Haven Port Authority (MHPA) in Wales, will work with fish processors and related industry to provide live data and test sites.
The piSCES operation objectives include:

  • To model and implement a microgrid on a single high energy site in both Ireland and Wales to examine and improve the efficiency by availing of smart grid technologies and in doing so, encourage the take up of new products and processes by partners and associated SMEs across both regions;
  • Compare and contrast the outputs in relation to the energy markets, economic returns and local legislative conditions thereby promoting the exchange and transfer of knowledge via cross-border research collaboration between SMEs and HEIs;
  • To realise the inherent flexible capacity within these networks and to leverage this asset to realise economic returns for participating partners and the region including the possibility of additional investments;
  • To investigate future trends in relation to EU directives, which aim to remove obstacles in the energy market, through linking and leveraging a sites dispersed network and aggregating them into a microgrid, resulting in wider economic impacts within the sector and internationally;
  • To investigate a model integrating renewable energy technologies into these networks resulting in take-up of new products and processes by SMEs.

For more information on this project, please visit: