EMD Ireland Cluster – FAQ’s

The Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway cluster EMD Ireland, offers expert technical assistance, advice and support in the Engineering, Materials and Design sector.  Providing extensive experience in the delivery of near-to-market solutions for companies who are looking to access Research, Development and Innovation knowledge.  

Who are EMD Ireland? 

EMD Ireland consists of seven Technology Gateways specialising in areas such as energy, precision engineering, polymers, protective coatings, prototype design, medical imaging technologies and 3D medal additive manufacturing. With skills, knowledge and expertise in a range of sectors the EMD Ireland team strive to provide Irish business with the necessary aids and supports required to drive the development of RD&I throughout Ireland.   

How can the cluster help? 

Working with the cluster opens up many areas of opportunity for Irish Business. Companies who choose to collaborate with EMD Ireland can avail of the considerable interconnected resources available within the member Gateways, achieving a cohesive and timely approach to innovation. Our dedicated team of Gateway Managers and Business Development researchers and engineers works with a wide range of companies on both large and small projects. By sharing their expertise and experience with their colleagues throughout the cluster and wider network, they are best placed to deal with a wide selection of innovative solutions to Irish industry.  

What equipment is available through the cluster? 

EMD Ireland has access to a range of equipment situated within Institutes of Technology and Technological Universities around the country, ensuring each specific innovation requirement can be met. Below is a small sample of equipment available within the cluster. More details on available equipment can be found here.   

  • APT: High Temperature Gel Permeation Chromatography (HT-GPC) system 
  • CREDIT:   ZephIR DM Lidar wind measurement device 
  • CREST: Nanoscratch tester with Optical Profilometer   
  • DESIGN+: Projet MJP 5600 – Large format multi material 3D printer  
  • MET: Philips Azurion 7 M20 Digital Fluoroscope  
  • PEM: High-capacity universal tensile testing machine   
  • SEAM: EOS M100 – 3D metal printing system 

How does working with the cluster benefit Irish Industry? 

Working within the cluster means that should your project require expertise from multiple gateways, this transition will be managed inhouse by your lead Gateway Manager. This continuity helps to create efficiencies in the process as well as adherence to budgetary and timeline projections. Companies also benefit from an abundance of expert advice and knowledge, a flexibility in approach as well as a high level of cluster member collaboration, creating not only an internal culture of innovation and research but also supporting the development of research and innovation in Irish industry. Companies often find that in the journey of product to market, the cluster often becomes an important extension of their overall R&D capability.   

What companies are eligible? 

The cluster is open to companies of any size so whether you’re a start-up, SME, or multinational, EMD Ireland’s dedicated Technology Gateway managers and staff are available to assist with all aspects of your RD&I project. You do not need to be a client of Enterprise Ireland to collaborate. 

How can you get started?  

The cluster has a dedicated support office and team to help with your companies’ individual needs. If you have an idea for a new product, service or process or are experiencing difficulties with an existing process, get in touch with us to see how we can assist you in developing an innovative solution. 

For more information about Technology Gateways and our three industry clusters, check out our case studies, contact us or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn. 

Collaboration with SEAM leads to manufacturing coming home

Above: Mailo Power, Managing Director, Monkey Cups

Monkey Cups, barista standard coffee cups made in Waterford, Ireland, began with a sketch by Managing Director Mailo Power, fuelled by her passion to turn the tide on single-use plastic disposables by creating a range of colourful and stylish reusable alternatives. With years of experience within the design, hospitality, food and beverage sectors, Mailo had seen the growth of the coffee culture and the growing need to provide an alternative to disposable cups for coffee on the go.

Inspired by the 100th Monkey Phenomenon of Social Change – the idea that once a certain number of a group start using a new habit, it will be taken up by all. The journey from design to prototype to finished product, took Malio on a worldwide journey and a discovery of the true value of local collaboration. As with every start up, the road is never smooth and the journey took a number of unforeseen twists and turns that would test any organisation let alone a new start up.

After finalising the design and signing off a prototype, moulds were produced to enable the business scale up manufacturing. As with many organisations across Ireland, Mailo initially turned to China to for the injection moulded lids. “The initial prototype run of lids received from China were good and we were happy with the quality” Mailo confirms.

However, problems began to emerge as production began to scale. Mailo explains “Consistency in size was an issue, there was an element of shrinkage from when the lids were tested at production stage to their arrival in Ireland. In addition there was an element of softening when the lids where exposed to boiling liquids.”

Given that manufacturing was in China and subsequent production runs ended with similar results Mailo turned to her local network to see if the problem could be resolved locally. The first part of the process was to establish what was causing the issue with the lids? Was it design based, material based or a mixture of both? Through her business network Mailo was introduced to South Eastern Applied Material  (SEAM) research centre at Waterford Institute of Technology,

Based within Waterford Institute of Technology campus, SEAM, one of the leading Technology Gateway Centres in Ireland, provides innovative materials engineering solutions for industrial partners seeking assistance on material related issues that cannot be solved by utilising their on-site resources. Established in 2009 SEAM has worked on over 3000 direct funded industrial projects with great success, with clients such as Teva, Bausch & Lomb, Boston Scientific, Stryker, Schivo Medical, Garret, EDPAC, Repligen, Glanbia, GSK, MSD etc. .

SEAM carried out a series of tests and analysis on the material to try and assess the source of the issue.

The work carried out at SEAM for Monkey Reusable Products was to develop an understanding of the material properties of three different coffee cup lids that may affect their stability at elevated temperatures such as those that occur when hot drinks are placed in the cups. This was of great importance in determining whether or not a particular lid would leak when a hot drink was placed in the cup. SEAM utilised a wide ranging analytical equipment to test the candidate lid materials.. The analysis determined the optimum material for the application would be a unfilled polypropylene and this was used in the final product.

Mailo explains “I was very impressed with knowledge, capability and equipment that SEAM had at its disposal. Having access to this resource and expert capability gave me a certain level of comfort that I needed, and I knew that I was on the right track to being able to pinpoint the issue and develop a solution”.

Ramesh Raghavendra, Director at South Eastern Applied Materials (SEAM) Research Centre at Waterford Institute of Technology added: “This project, which is typical of what happens every day in Irish industry and manufacturing, is a great example that illustrate the benefits that small and medium (SME) industries can derive when they collaborate with appropriate academia. Once we discussed the issues and concerns that Monkey Reusable Products Ltd had with their lid, we were able to quickly identify the problem and suggest a path to resolution. At SEAM we pride ourselves on being accessible to all types of industry, big, medium and small and our quickness in terms of response and quality of service. SEAM currently serves over 250 companies across the island of Ireland”

After reflecting on the lessons and challenge of having production located in China, Mailo made the decision to move the manufacturing process back to Ireland. Monkey Cups lids are now manufactured in Waterford by Marli Products Ltd., Monkey Cups are hand assembled and dispatched from their HQ in Waterford Airport Business Park. This allows them to maintain a high quality product and offer a customised service to clients.

While COVID has been a disruptor, business has gone from strength to strength, Monkey Cups can now be purchased on their e-commerce store www.monkeycups.ie and all over Ireland including Brown Thomas, Dublin, Firecastle in Kildare, Niall Colgan, Limerick and GROW HQ, Waterford. Monkey Reusable Products Ltd. also provide custom branded barista standard coffee cups and stainless steel double walled bottles to companies in the USA, UK and Ireland. Their clients include, Red Hat, IDA, Flavahans, Taoglas, Roe & Co., and Oxford University Science Museum.

Both Irish businesses and academic institutions stand to benefit from collaboration, Irish businesses can gain greater access to cutting edge research and scientific expertise. Similarly academic institutions can extend their role beyond pure research to take on manufacturing challenges and contribute to economic growth. Current world events are creating an environment where collaboration to key to business growth, working together we can support local economies and build a more sustainable future for all.

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Profile: Nimbus Technology Gateway

Nimbus Technology Gateway, based in MTU Cork, is the industry interface for the Nimbus Research Centre. The Gateway develops Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber Physical System prototypes for a broad range of companies, connecting everyday objects and systems and making them smart. The Nimbus Research Centre is at the forefront of cyber-physical systems (CPS) and Internet of Things (IoT) research, innovation and learning, developing technologies that address the real needs of industry, people and society.

What is the NIMBUS Technology Gateway?

The Nimbus Technology Gateway provides businesses with innovative software, hardware, technical research, development and innovation support. They are the largest IoT Applied Research Centre in Ireland with over 50 full-time researchers and engineers who deliver 70+ applied research projects per year. The Nimbus Gateway acts as a resource to bring innovative business ideas to life, acting as an extension of the company’s research and development capability.

What expertise is available at NIMBUS?

The highly experienced and dedicated development team at Nimbus Technology Gateway, offers end-to-end digital transformations. Services cover the “full-stack” of digital technology which include communications (including 5G), UX/UI, Extended Reality (AR/VR), Data Analytics, AI, Machine Learning, Cyber Security and more. Nimbus assists companies to develop smart technology solutions, for the world we live in, through the Internet of Things with a focus on devices/things networks software, data analytics, and applications and services. These technology capabilities can be transferred over multiple domains. The domains include but are not limited to, Digital Transformation in Industry 5.0, Energy, Smart Cities, Health, Agri-Tech and Water. Nimbus supports all levels of innovation from idea filtering to prototype development and commercialisation.

What type of companies do NIMBUS collaborate with?

Nimbus client companies range from small Start-Ups to large multi-Nationals and the scale of their projects varies from €1000 to €1,000,000. The Nimbus team are experts in grant funding applications in order to de-risk the clients’ projects.

What services are available at NIMBUS?

Hardware: System and electronics design services, from simple to very complex designs with support available from concept through to production.

Software: Nimbus offers Software Consultancy on various levels Of Technology Readiness (TRL), from proof of concept and prototyping to building systems that are ready to go live in production. The Software Team undertake stand-alone innovative work or work with other technical departments with partners in joint efforts.

UX/UI: Nimbus provide a wide range of user experience research and design services, where richer creativity and finer precision can be infiltrated into our clients new or existing products or service solutions, therefore given them a competitive advantage. The UX Innovation Lab consists of first-class facilities fully equipped (A/V equipment, Design Thinking Furniture, Storage Units, Interactive Whiteboards) in order to deliver hybrid workshops (offline and online). This enables both collocated and remote distributed teams to participate in highly engaging and productive workshops.

Extended Reality: Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality experiences can be custom designed, developed and built by Nimbus’ multidisciplinary team (AR/VR developers, multimedia designers, software developers, systems integrators etc…). With the skill sets and expertise that each of the team members bring to each project, along with the new state-of-the-art Extended Reality Innovation Lab, Nimbus can help companies achieve their goals from start to finish with great efficiency.

AI & Data Analytics: Nimbus has a unique blend of software engineers, electronics engineers and academic researchers who work in various areas of Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics.

What equipment is available at Nimbus?

Nimbus has a range of equipment such as:

  • Environmental Testing Chamber
  • Extended Reality Innovation Lab
  • User Experience Innovation Lab
  • Energy Test Bed
  • LoRa Test Bed and The Things Network
  • High Performance Computing Infrastructure (HPCI)

For more information on NIMBUS Technology Gateway, get in touch, follow on Twitter, or check out their website.

An introduction to Nutrition and Sport at MET Gateway

MET Nutrition and Sport is one of five technology themes in the Enterprise Ireland Medical Engineering and Technology Gateway at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. MET is an interdisciplinary research centre, dedicated to supporting research, development and innovation in the MedTech, LifeSciences and Engineering sectors. We support Irish industry by providing access to the academic expertise within GMIT, generating solutions for the close-to-market needs of companies.

At MET Nutrition and Sport, we are dedicated to advancing the sciences of nutrition and sport in collaboration with industry to maximise healthy outcomes in the Irish population. The concept of medicinal nutrition encompasses functional foods and foods for health. The research team at MET can support the food and sport industries in all aspects of research, development, innovation, and novel product design to help meet the increasing consumer demand for healthy products. Our aim is to offer practical evidence-based scientific information on technical support, process support, new product development and existing product improvement.

We offer innovation support and assistance to start-ups, HPSUs, SMEs, large indigenous and multinationals.

Our aim is to deliver innovation expertise and solutions for Irish industry.

If you have any questions about our services please get in touch here

This article was first published on the MET Nutrition and Sport website.

 

Irish Food Tech Cluster – FAQ’s

The Irish Food Tech Cluster consists of 7 Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways providing knowledge, expertise and skills to Irish industry, in the broad area of food and beverage technology. Companies across Ireland can now access these resources for Research, Development and Innovation projects in areas that include bioprocessing, food for health, process control and packaging amongst many others. 

Who we are? 

Irish Food Tech facilitates your access to seven specialised centres across the Technology Gateway Network. Each centre can provide assistance and support in delivering near-to-market solutions, becoming an important extension of your company’s R&D capability. 

  • APT Technology Gateway provides polymer technology solutions for companies in the medical, composite, recycling, food and pharmaceutical sectors. 
  • CAPPA Technology Gateway applies light-based photonic technologies for near-to-market problems for industrial partners. 
  • Design+ Technology Gateway applies industrial design capabilities for companies from the engineering, ICT & software and bio lifescience sectors nationally. 
  • MET Technology Gateway offers cutting-edge, industry focused solutions for Start-Up’s, SMEs and larger organisations across the MedTech, Engineering and Lifesciences sectors. 
  • MICRA Technology Gateway delivers solutions for companies in animal/human diagnostics, environmental, agri-food and bio/pharmaceuticals sectors.  
  • PMBRC Technology Gateway delivers industry solutions for the pharmaceuticals, medical device, food, ingredients, veterinary, ceramics, metallurgy and engineering sectors. 
  • Shannon ABC Technology Gateway is a leader in bioresource research – detection, identification, characterisation and valorisation.

How we can help? 

The Irish Food Tech cluster can help companies in a number of sectors (food, beverages, packaging, design, nutrition, materials and health). If you are a company within any of these, or a related sector, the Irish Food Tech Cluster can assist your business by connecting you with the required expertise, knowledge and equipment to help you innovate at a standard to develop a near to market solution. We also offer industry support in the form of various Enterprise Ireland funding initiatives. The main Enterprise Ireland funding schemes available are the Innovation Voucher Programme, Agile Innovation Fund and the Innovation Partnership Programme, however you can also access the cluster by direct consultancy.  

What do I need to be eligible? 

Business registered within Ireland are eligible to apply to work with the Irish Food Tech cluster. Once the innovation project or idea is considered viable and project deliverables and funding (if suitable) are approved, the project may commence.

How do I get started?  

Firstly, have a good indication of your innovation idea, project or problem and how you may need assistance. Next, get in contact with the cluster, either through the dedicated support office or your regional gateway. The gateway team will discuss your project in detail and outline any suitable funding options. If required a funding application can then be completed and assessed. Once everything is in place, your project will commence on the start date agreed and will be managed throughout by your Gateway team, who will also update you on how your project is progressing. For more info on our innovation process please see here. 

How does working with the cluster benefit Irish Industry?  

Working with the cluster can bring many benefits for Irish business. Each Gateway consists of a dedicated gateway manager and team of business development engineers and researchers in the field of expertise. Industry also have access to a range of specialized equipment, expert advice and knowledge, access to Enterprise Ireland funding and supports as well as the benefit from our full circle innovation process.  

Still unsure… why check out some of our industry case studies and testimonials:  

Allihies Seafood and Shannon ABC  

’We worked closely with Shannon ABC in carrying out the Innovation Partnership Feasibility Study. The study comprised of hydration product chemical analysis, athletic trials and a detailed report into the findings.  Shannon ABC were able to provide a seamless interface between all elements of the study.  They quickly gained a full understanding of the questions that we posed and answered these questions to a level that exceeded our expectations.  Their approach is professional, confidential and insightful, which as a small company we appreciate greatly. We hope to develop this study to an Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership and look forward to working with Shannon ABC on this project in the very near future’’

Michael O’Neill – Owner Allihies Seafood  

 Four Star Pizza and CAPPA

’The CAPPA group engaged with us from the onset where they explored the viability of the project prior to the Enterprise Ireland application and also helping us with the application as questions arose. The group, maintained contact with us during the entire process where they demonstrated commitment to understanding the issues and the impact to our business. The group were successful in building a quality control model to allow us assess the maturity of mozzarella which will help us to ensure customer satisfaction.  We would highly recommend the CAPPA group and would have no hesitation working with the group in the future.’’

Seamus Lane-Owner, Four Star Pizza (ZZ Ltd) 

Project 5 and APT 

‘’The equipment and expertise in product development and design available to us at CISD enabled us to develop and refine our concept and produce an innovative and manufacturable product.’’ 

Denise MacGiollari 

Where can I find out more information? 

For more information, industry projects and case studies you can find us on our website or follow us on Twitter.  You can also check out the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways YouTube channel.

The Technology Gateway Network have a dedicated support office and team based in Dublin (which includes Irish Food Tech) to help with your companies’ individual needs. If you have an idea for a new product, service or process or are experiencing difficulties with an existing process, get in touch to see how we can assist you in developing an innovative solution.

Sport and Exercise Technologies at MET

MET Technology Gateway based in GMIT (Galway Campus), has a wide range of expertise, skills and advanced equipment available to industry to support the development of Sports and Exercise products and research. The equipment listed below can be used in human trials and studies to further enhance product development.

Maximal Oxygen Uptake / VO2 max testing

MET’s Cortex Metalyzer can carry out the VO2 max testing across a range of exercise activities including:

  • Running: MET’s state of the art Woodway PRO XL high-performance treadmill
  • Rowing: the Concept II ergometer testing individuals under conditions more specific to on water rowing
  • Cycling: with the ability to customise the VO2 max test and connect to the Wahoo KICKR to redefine limits

Lactate Testing

Using a small hand-held, quick, and easy lactate analyser, Lactate PRO2 gives accurate results in just 15 seconds during an aerobic test.

Isometric Mid-Thigh Pull testing

To examine an athlete’s rate of force development, balance of strength (left side versus right), and total power output. The Mid-Thigh Pull set-up includes two 1000Hz digital force plates and a newly designed back squat feature.

Test speed and agility with the Fusion Sport Smart Speed PRO system

Arguably the best timing system on the market, the Smart Speed Pro facilitates multiple forms of testing such as reaction timing, sprint timing, power and acceleration, agility, and competitive dual lane testing.

If you would like further information or have an idea for a new product or service, contact the MET team here

This article was first published on the MET Nutrition and Sport website.

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SME’s can now avail of a maximum of four Innovation Vouchers

Are you a small and medium-sized limited company registered in Ireland? Are you currently looking for assistance with research and innovation solutions? Or perhaps your product, service or process requires some expertise which is currently outside of your existing R&D capacity?.  

The Innovation Voucher scheme run by Enterprise Ireland could provide you with a pathway to solving innovation problems. Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company to explore a business opportunity, problem or solution with a registered knowledge provider. 

SMEs throughout Ireland now have the opportunity to apply for up to a maximum of four Innovation Vouchers, one of which must be a 50-50 co-funded voucher. Applications are open on a continuous call throughout the year via the Enterprise Ireland Online Application System.  

There are two types of voucher available. A fully funded €5,000 standard voucher and the 50-50 co-funded Fast Track voucher (to a maximum value of €10,000). You can get more information on each voucher here.  A company may only have one ‘active’ voucher at any point in time. 

The Innovation Vouchers scheme is open to all small and medium-sized limited companies registered with the CRO in Ireland. You do not have to be a client of Enterprise Ireland to apply. Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of issue. 

Please note: Innovation Vouchers are subject to VAT. You will be invoiced for the VAT by the knowledge provider and this cost must be settled separately by the company. 

More information on the Innovation Voucher scheme can be found here.  

Meet the Team… Dominic McLarnon, CREDIT Technology Gateway

Tell us a bit about CREDIT Technology Gateway?

CREDIT Technology Gateway is the new kid on the block when it comes to Technology Gateways. As one of 16 national Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways, CREDIT provides technological expertise in the field of renewables and energy optimisation to generate solutions for the close to market needs of Irish industry and business sector. CREDIT Technology Gateway is fast becoming a vital part of Ireland’s energy and renewables research and innovation landscape actively supporting business and industry to become more competitive facilitated through problem solving, targeted R&D, innovation and enabling faster adoption of emerging technologies and processes to create new markets.

Describe your role within the Gateway?

My role as Technology Gateway Manager encompasses the operational management of the projects, clients, staff and overall centre activities and management of the facilities and equipment. Mapping the core Gateway energy research expertise of the CREDIT team to determine collaboration opportunities across the energy sector is a key factor in driving its success. As Gateway Manager at CREDIT I am continually developing and increasing business growth in the energy sector by equipping organisations and clients with the right infrastructure, testing environments, demonstration tools and technologies, and research and development expertise to bring new products, processes and services closer to market.

What is unique about Gateway and its presence in Dundalk?

DkIT has a long history of working directly with industry to provide solutions that solve real world problems, boost productivity, develop the workforce and provide a catalyst for technological change. The CREDIT centre itself has a number of focussed domains of research themes that are strategically aligned across the needs of the emerging energy and renewables sector both regionally and across the island. These include renewables, wind energy, ocean and marine energy, bioenergy, and energy optimisation. The CREDIT Gateway is dedicated to supporting Irish business and industry sector to accelerate innovation by facilitating funding programmes that can help test new ideas, share know how and support entry onto new markets.

Explain the importance for companies in making their products and/or manufacturing operations energy efficient?

Investing in energy efficiency or in new generation sustainable technologies can make sound investments, often paying back in only a few years. Globally we are seeing customers profiting from improving their energy efficiency. As well as the bottom line impact, investing in new sustainable energy solutions can also unlock new growth and improve productivity and overall competitiveness. The commitments by government to achieve net zero by 2050 puts clean growth at the heart of its industrial strategy and sends a clear and important signal to the economy, to businesses, farmers and to our communities that sustainability will drive investment, to allow both reach climate targets, stimulate job creation and provide a safer and healthier environment for all society.

What are the main benefits for a company collaborating with CREDIT?

CREDIT Gateway is well placed to actively apply emerging technologies, capabilities, expertise and specialist knowledge across the energy and renewables sector to help pioneering businesses succeed in the introduction of new and improved processes, products and services, generating new revenue streams. We have the hands-on expertise and extensive knowledge of new and emerging energy markets and R&D programmes combined with the access to leading facilities and expertise, to test and scale up new developments and technologies, to accelerate innovation and access to new markets.

What is the first step/s a company should consider when considering a project?

It is critical that that companies are clear about the scope of the project, the why and objective outcomes of the project at an early stage. This is why early engagement with Technology Gateways is vital, as all stakeholders have a role to play in defining the project. Our expertise will provide an independent and credible view of your innovation concept or idea. We can then provide the access to expertise, facilities and funding sources to support your development plans. From that point forward you gain access to a valuable development partner and its networks to accelerate the commercialisation of your technology and/or optimisation of your processes.

What funding mechanisms are available for companies who want to explore an energy project?

CREDIT Gateway is uniquely positioned, because of its border location, as a research knowledge provider to offer both Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland, Interreg and Invest NI funding supports. These can include EI Innovation Vouchers, EI Innovation Partnerships, ITI Innovation Boost and Invest NI Innovation Vouchers plus the exciting new EI Green Offer. In addition, who knows what new funding opportunities the new PEACE + funding call will open up for our companies and industry clients in 2022?

As a new member of the Technology Gateway team, what are you most looking forward to?

I am genuinely excited to be working with Ireland’s innovative and high-growth-potential SMES and company sector to develop and de-risk their products and services, accelerating their deployment to market through engagement within the CREDIT Technology Gateway model. The big plan is to grow the CREDIT Gateway to become a vibrant part of Ireland’s renewables and energy optimisation research and development innovation landscape by actively supporting companies and industry to become more competitive through innovation and enabling faster adoption of emerging technologies and processes to create new markets.

How can a company get in touch with CREDIT?

Contact Dominic McLarnon on:

Email: dominic.mclarnon@dkit.ie
LinkedIn: Dominic McLarnon | LinkedIn
Twitter: @credit_gateway
Tel: +353 (0)42 9370146
Mob: +353 (0)85 8817477
Web: www.credit.ie

Tánaiste announces €6million investment in capital equipment for industry research

The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD has announced the successful applicants of the Capital Equipment Fund administered by Enterprise Ireland through the Technology Gateway and Technology Centre Programmes. 29 successful projects from across the third level sector have secured over €6million in funding to assist them in buying world-leading research equipment that will serve the Research and Development (R&D) needs of Irish industry.

The €6m fund will provide companies with access to critical, leading-edge equipment that will allow them to engage in R&D activities, pilot manufacturing capability for new products and process development, enhance technology validation and testing capabilities, test bed generation and enhanced training potential for key industry staff on emerging technologies in collaboration with the technology gateways and technology centres across Ireland.

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.

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar TD said:

“This €6m Capital Equipment Fund will give 29 projects across the country access to world-class research equipment, helping them test new products and ways of doing things. We hope to see some exciting new ideas and breakthroughs as a result. Great things happen when companies collaborate with third level institutions. Recent data show that companies which collaborate with our universities have double the turnover of those that don’t. Third level institutions benefit too, by getting to work with creative, business-minded entrepreneurs, working on solutions to real life problems. Congratulations to all the successful applicants, I look forward to seeing the fruits of this collaborative effort.”

Gearoid Mooney, Divisional Manager, Research & Innovation at Enterprise Ireland said:

“This important investment coupled with the support and expertise of our technology gateways and centres will enable Irish industry to pursue their own innovation agendas particularly on challenges where they don’t have all of the resources “in house”. The successful projects announced today will provide equipment that is essential to serving the R&D needs of Irish industry and may give them an opportunity to try important assets before they invest in them.”

About the Capital Equipment call

Of 54 eligible applications reviewed, 29 have been approved for funding totaling €6,026,116. 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.

Successful applicants

Gateway / Centre Description
Dairy Processing Technology Centre (DPTC) – UCD Particle Track
Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre (Shannon ABC) – Limerick IT Supercritical Fluid Extraction Suite
Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) – Waterford IT Botscan
MiCRA – TU Dublin Multimode Microplate Reader
Nimbus – MTU-Cork Cyber Range
Shannon Applied Biotechnology Centre (Shannon ABC) – Limerick IT Controlled Environmental Laboratory
Pharmaceutical & Molecular Biotechnology Research Centre (PMBRC) – Waterford IT Near Infrared Spectrometer
MCCI – Tyndall National Institute, Cork Power Test System for High Voltage
Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis (CAPPA) – Cork IT UV Raman and fluorscence spectograph
Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) – Athlone IT Multilayer Extrusion Line
South Eastern Applied Materials Research Centre (SEAM) – Waterford IT Micro x-ray Fluorescence Analysis System
Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) – Athlone IT 2D Fourier Transform Infra Red Microscope
South Eastern Applied Materials Research Centre (SEAM) – Waterford IT Coordinate Measurement Machine
South Eastern Applied Materials Research Centre (SEAM) – Waterford IT White Light Interferometer
Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) – Athlone IT Screw Driven Melt Reactor
DPTC – Teagasc Automoated FAME Robotic System
MTI – Teagasc X-Ray Computed Tomography Scanner
MiCRA – TU Dublin Ion Chromatograph
Centre for Advanced Photonics & Process Analysis (CAPPA) – MTU Cork Benchtop nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer
CREDIT- DkIT Environmental Test Suite
CREST – TU Dublin Invertered Fluorescent Microscope
Wireless Sensor & Applied Research (WiSAR) -Letterkenny IT 90GHz Anechoic Chamber
CREST – TU Dublin Servo-hydraulic Testing Machine
CREST – TU Dublin Weatherometer
FHI – Teagasc Sequencing System
DPTC – UL Elemental Analysis suite
CREDIT – DkIT Hemisphere Scanning LiDAR
Precision Engineering, Materials & Manufacturing (PEM) – IT Sligo 5 Axis Milling Machine
Shannon ABC – MTU Tralee Environmental Monitoring Suite

Nutrition and Sport Services at MET

MET Technology Gateway is dedicated to advancing the sciences of nutrition and sport in collaboration with industry and to maximising healthy outcomes in the Irish population.

Nutrition and health are important drivers in food sales, driven by the increasing consumer demand for healthy food and drink products.

The concept of medicinal nutrition encompasses functional foods and foods for health. The research team at MET can help the food industry in all aspects of novel food development with particular expertise in testing the effects of food on human health.

MET also have expertise in Sports Science, with state of the art sports testing equipment and the available knowledge and technologies required to develop foods and strategies specific to athletes and those involved in sport. Some key areas include physiology, sport nutrition, psychology, plus strength and conditioning.

Food and Sport Analysis and Testing at MET

  • Metabolic testing: Glycaemic Index (GI assessment and certification, identification and development of low GI foods) and glycaemic response
  • Cognitive testing: effects of food and its components on mood, reaction time, concentration, memory, stress tolerance
  • Antioxidant assays: bioaccessibility and bioavailability; antioxidant profiles, stability and antioxidant capacity
  • Other food assays: quantification and isolation of individual food components; plant-based bioactives (e.g. seaweed extracts, β-glucans and other prebiotics)
  • Food intake studies: effects of food and its components on food intake, appetite and satiety
  • Sensory testing: Sensory analysis: taste, appearance, flavour, aroma, and texture evaluation; discrimination testing, analytical trials, descriptive analysis, trained panel testing, competitor testing/bench marking and troubleshooting
  • Consumer testing: consumer testing, at home consumer testing, packaging, focus group studies
  • Product development: recipe development and modification, competitor analysis, benchmarking studiesprocess analysis, packaging analysis, instrumental analysisshelf-life studies: optimisation and extension
  • Packaging, Branding & Regulation: Nutritional analysis, on package labelling, allergen information, food photography and styling
  • Human Interventional Trials: Strictly controlled experiments on human volunteers for one day to several weeks; long-term studies of up to 6 months or longer on human volunteers, with measures taken either in-house or amongst free-living populations; randomised controlled trials
  • Sport and Exercise Analysis and Technologies: VO2max testing; lactate testing, isometric mid-thigh pull testing and Fusion Sport Smart Speed PRO system

If you would like further information or have an idea for a new product or service, contact the MET team here:

This article was first published on the MET Nutrition and Sport website.