Knowledge Transfer

Knowledge transfer is the sharing of knowledge, skills and technologies between public research and enterprises for collective benefit.

Irish universities represent an important source of innovation in Irish enterprise. There were 93 active spinouts in existence at the end of 2017. In addition, 188 enterprises were supported within Irish university incubators in 2017 and there were 584 collaborative research agreements or joint research projects between Irish universities and companies in Ireland in 2017.  There are currently an estimated 611 patent families owned by Irish universities and the number of inventions and software disclosures exceeds 320.

Knowledge Transfer Ireland

Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) is the national office that helps business to benefit from access to Irish expertise and technology by making it simple to connect and engage with the research base in Ireland.

KTI takes a national perspective on the knowledge transfer (KT) system in Ireland. KTI works with business, investors, universities, Institutes of Technology, State research organisations, research funders and government agencies to maximise State funded technology, ideas and expertise getting into the hands of business to drive innovation. KTI is located in Enterprise Ireland (EI) and funded by EI with co-financing from the Irish Universities Association (IUA).

These are a number of ways for companies to engage with one of our universities, for example: to gain access to specialist equipment; to license existing knowledge (developed technologies, processes or innovations), usually from State-funded research; to access knowledge and people through collaborative research contracts, research consultancy or people exchange programmes.