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Industry to benefit from €6 million Enterprise Ireland research equipment investment

Minister Humphreys announces Enterprise Ireland funding for access to cutting edge R&D equipment in Technology Gateways and Centres to increase R&D collaboration and competitiveness for companies

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD today announced the successful applicants of the Capital Equipment Fund administered by Enterprise Ireland through the Technology Gateway and Technology Centre Programmes. 37 successful applicants from across the Third Level Sector have secured over €6 million in funding.

The Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Programme funds interactions between local and national industry and the Institutes of Technology and aims to increase collaboration and enterprise development at both a regional and national level.

The Technology Centres programme is a joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland and allows Irish companies and multinationals to work together on market focused strategic R&D projects in collaboration with research institutions.

The Capital Funding Programme provides industry with access to critical, leading-edge equipment and infrastructure which will help them to build resilience and to remain globally competitive, particularly in the face of challenges such as those posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The winners were selected through a rigorous evaluation process based on eligibility criteria for the call which included, but was not limited to, a strong track record of industry engagement, a significant industrial need for the new equipment, and space to service and maintain the equipment according to international standards.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD said: “The Technology Gateway and Technology Centre programmes aim to bring Irish companies together with Irish research institutes to provide near-to-market innovation and solutions in a range of areas, both regionally and nationally. This fund directly supports innovative projects that are emerging from the ground up, providing the necessary technology to our Technology Gateways and Technology Centres to nurture and develop cutting edge research projects. I am confident the successful projects announced today have the potential to make a positive impact for the benefit of wider society including the development of innovative solutions and methodologies to address immediate national and global needs with respect to the Covid 19 crisis.”

Speaking about the announcement Gearoid Mooney, Divisional Manager, Research & Innovation at Enterprise Ireland said: “Access to the best in class technologies can provide a step-change in how companies innovate and develop new and globally differentiated products and services. This important investment in equipment coupled with the support and expertise of our Technology Gateways and Technology Centres will help companies adapt, survive and, ultimately, thrive in the face of the current economic challenges.”


For further information, contact: Nicola Corboy, Press & Media Relations, Enterprise Ireland 086 021 0114 

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Successful applicants

Gateway / Centre

Equipment Description

Medical Engineering Technologies (MET) GMIT

An Ultrasound System and Associated Transducers

Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) Athlone IT

Stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer


Data Science Computing Platform

CREST – TU Dublin

Thermal Analysis Suite

CREST - TU Dublin


Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre (Shannon ABC) – Limerick IT

Liquid Chromatographer / Tandem Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer

Shannon ABC – IT Tralee

High Throughput ELISA Suite

Intelligent Mechatronics & RFID (IMaR) – IT Tralee

RFID Test and Development Suite

Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR)

State-of-the-art master/slave teleoperation system -Telebot

MiCRA – TU Dublin

Interconnected Instrument Suite

Meat Technology Ireland (MTI) - Teagasc

Meat Factory Automation Test Bed

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre (PMTC) UL

Cleaning Facility (for Pharmaceutical production)


Three axis CNC milling machine


Planetary Roller Extruder


State-of-the-art multi robot system - Cobot


Scanning Thermal Microscope with Nano Thermal Analysis

Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis (CAPPA) – Cork IT 

Near Infra Red Hyperspectral Imaging Camera

COMAND – Athlone IT

Immersive Extended Reality (XR) suite

Shannon ABC (Limerick)

High End FT-IR Spectrometer

Shannon ABC (Tralee)

Plate Reader

Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC) - Teagasc

Cheese Characterisation suite


Dynamic Image Analyser

Shannon ABC (Limerick)

Microalgae Cultivation Suite

Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) Waterford IT

Smart Material and E-textile Living Lab


Manufacturing in-line product inspection system suite

CREST – TU Dublin



Liquid Dispenser / SLA Printer


X-Ray Tomography Upgrade

Shannon ABC – Tralee

Cosmetic Suite

CREST– TU Dublin

Desktop Scanning Electron Microscope

CREST – TU Dublin



Dry Electropolishing system

Precision Engineering, Materials & Manufacturing (PEM) IT Sligo

General Material Test Suite

Food for Health Ireland (FHI) - Teagasc

High Precision Liquid Chromatographer

Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI) Tyndall

Cryogenic Refrigeration System

Wireless Sensor & Applied Research (WiSAR) Letterkenny IT

High Spec Scanner

Pharmaceutical & Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC) Waterford IT

Differential Scanning Calorimeter

About the Technology Gateway Programme 

15 Technology Gateways in nine Institutes of Technology and TU Dublin deliver innovation expertise to industry across Ireland. These Gateways provide companies of all sizes with access to over 300 highly skilled and industrially focused researchers, together with specialist equipment and facilities.

Each Technology Gateway focuses on key technology areas aligned to industry needs.  Companies all over Ireland are using Technology Gateways to develop new or better products and services and smarter ways of doing things.

About the Technology Centre Programme

The Technology Centre programme is a joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland. It allows Irish companies and multinationals to work together on market focused strategic R&D projects in collaboration with research institutions.

The Technology Centres in the programme are resourced by highly qualified researchers who provide a unique ecosystem for collaboration in areas identified, by industry, as being strategically important.

Over 300 member companies collaborate with the Centres in the areas of analytics, dairy processing, food for health, learning technologies, manufacturing, materials, meat technology, microelectronics and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Technology Centres:

  • Promote growth and competitiveness through industry-led research collaboration
  • Address technology opportunities and threats in the key industry sectors
  • Increase the levels of industry investment in R&D
  • Leverage investment in existing academic research capabilities and build critical mass in key sectors
  • Facilitate and encourage collaboration between Indigenous and Foreign Direct Investment companies

About the Capital Equipment call

Of 105 eligible applications reviewed, 37 have been approved for funding totaling €6,018, 806.  Funding was based on an extensive review process which looked at the number of companies that will benefit and the criticality of the equipment to servicing their R&D needs,  how access to the equipment can be shared across the Technology Gateway and Technology Centres network and current capability gaps within the collaborative research system that can be alleviated by making this equipment available.