Technology Gateway statement on COVID-19

In line with the latest guidance from the Government of Ireland regarding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID 19), Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway centres, situated in 9 Institutes of Technology and 1 Technological University are currently closed in some cases to staff and the public.

The Technology Gateway Network is however still open for business and in line with social distancing practices our teams throughout the country continue to provide a service to Irish industry via remote working. Communicating with clients through email, phone and teleconferencing.

Our teams are currently contacting all clients with ongoing projects but should you require further information, please get in touch with your Technology Gateway Manager directly by phone or email. Contact details can be found here.

Technology Gateways will continue to provide the business community with a wide range of innovation supports and funding. For general information or new client enquiries please contact the Network office in Dublin or your regional Technology Gateway Manager. We will respond to your enquiry as quickly as possible.

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CAPPA Expands Service Offering with Addition of New Confocal Raman Microscope

As part of the Enterprise Ireland Capital Equipment call CAPPA Technology Gateway recently purchased a new Raman, Witec Alpha R microscope. The new microscope is an advanced version, Raman microscope having excitation wavelengths in the visible (633 nm) and Near Infrared (830 nm). CAPPA currently posses a Horiba Raman microscope with wavelengths of 532 nm and 785 nm, the addition of the new systems adds to the excitation wavelengths and allows CAPPA to preform Raman spectroscopy over a significant portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. The new system will provide a modernized offering to CAPPA’s industry partners and allow for the development of additional fundamental research.

Raman spectroscopy is being successfully applied to the analysis of a wide range of materials and systems. Some of the key areas are life sciences, materials science, chemical sciences, earth sciences and analytical sciences. It is a widely used technique applicable in the study of Carbons, Nanomaterials, Forensics, Life Sciences, Minerals, Geology and Gems, Pharmaceuticals and Polymers.

Key features of the new Raman microscopes are:

  • Confocal Raman Imaging with unprecedented performance in speed, sensitivity, and resolution
  • Hyperspectral image generation with the information of a complete Raman spectrum at every image pixel
  • Excellent lateral resolution
  • Outstanding depth resolution ideally suited for 3D image generation and depth profiles
  • Ultra – fast Raman imaging option with under one millisecond integration time per spectrum
  • Ultra – high throughput spectroscopic system for highest sensitivity and best performance in spectral resolution
  • Non – destructive imaging technique: no staining or fixation of the sample required

The Witec Alpha R correlative microscopy system is a unique integration of Raman with additional modal functionality such as inverted SNOM (Scanning Near – Field Optical Microscopy) sampling mode, ability to add an AFM (Atomic Force Microscopy) and more, all on one integrated and correlated imaging microscope. It is often referred to as the “gold standard” in Raman imaging for speed and resolution. The new Raman can be used for applications such as chemical/polymer detection and identification, materials testing and analysis, drug discovery, real – time reaction monitoring, pharmaceutical testing of tablets, powders and liquids, food quality control and safety, cleaning validation and toxicity testing of chemicals.

To find out more about CAPPA, check out their page and follow them on Twitter and LinkedIn for all the latest news and events.

This post was originally published on the CAPPA website


The Enterprise Ireland Agile Innovation Fund Roadshow returns for 2020

Offering fast-track approval and a streamlined online application process, the new Agile Innovation Fund allows companies to access up to 50% in support for product, process or service development projects with a total cost of up to €300,000. The funding is ideal for Irish companies that need to rapidly develop solutions or are planning a first R&D project and open to eligible clients of Enterprise Ireland, Údaras na Gaeltachta and the Local Enterprise Office. The process has been streamlined for eligible companies with a short online application and fast-track approval. Clients of Enterprise Ireland, Údaras na Gaeltachta and the Local Enterprise Office should contact their Business Adviser in advance of submitting an application.

The Agile fund is part of Enterprise Ireland’s wider Innovation Offer, which includes funding and supports for collaborative research, increasing the innovation capability of companies and funding for large R&D projects.

Throughout 2020 the Enterprise Ireland R&D Core Unit are hosting a number of regional roadshow events throughout the country on their  Agile Innovation, Research and Development funding programmes.

There will be an opportunity to meet the In Company R&D Supports team after each event to discuss your specific innovation project.

Upcoming events 2020

POSTPONED – Venue: Cork – Clayton Hotel Silver Springs, Tivoli, Cork
Date: 25 March 2020
Time: 0830 to 1200

POSTPONED – Venue: Meath – Knightsbrook Hotel, Dublin Road, Trim, Co Meath
Date: 02 April 2020
Time: 0830 to 1200

POSTPONED – Venue: Cavan – Hotel Kilmore, Dublin Road, Co Cavan
Date: 29 April 2020
Time: 0830 to 1200

POSTPONED – Venue: Donegal – Radisson BLU Hotel, Letterkenny, Donegal
Date: 07 May 2020
Time: 0830 to 1200

POSTPONED – Venue: Kerry – Ballygarry House Hotel, Leebrook, Tralee, Co Kerry
Date: 14 May 2020
Time: 0830 to 1200

Venue: Limerick – Castletroy Park Hotel, Dublin Road, Limerick
Date: 10 June 2020
Time: 0830 to 1200

Venue: Mayo – McWilliam Park Hotel, Kilcolman Road, Claremorris, Co Mayo
Date: 23 June 2020
Time: 0830 to 1200

Attendance is free but pre-registration is required.

For further information, please contact the R&D Helpline on 01 727 2120

For registration details please check out the Agile roadshow webpage. You can also follow on Twitter for all the latest research and innovation news


Enterprise Ireland announce a Capital Equipment Call for Technology Gateway and Technology Centre programmes

Enterprise Ireland are pleased to announce a call for applications from members of the Technology Gateway and Technology Centre programmes for a new Capital Equipment Fund. Applications should be received before the closing date of the 20th of March 2020 to be eligible.

 The purpose of the funding is to increase the levels of interaction between the IoTs and industry in Ireland, so the intended outcomes should include but not be limited to:

  • More companies engaging in R&D
  • Pilot manufacturing capability for new product / process development
  • Enhanced technology validation and testing capabilities
  • Test bed generation
  • Enhanced training potential for key industry staff on emerging technologies

Eligibility Criteria

  • The call is restricted the members of the Technology Gateway & Technology Centre programmes
  • The successful proposal must possess a strong track record of industry engagement and demonstrate a significant industrial need for the new equipment
  • The host institute must provide space for the equipment and confirm they will insure, service and maintain the equipment according to international standards
  • Individual applications will be restricted to sums greater than €25,000 and less than €250,000 (more costly items may be considered on an exceptional basis)

 Closing Date for Applications

The closing date for applications is 12pm (noon) on Friday the 20th of March 2020.

Applications should be emailed to A signed hard copy original should follow immediately addressed to Capital Call 2020, Grants Administration, Enterprise Ireland, Eastpoint Business Park, Dublin 3, D03 E5R6.

 For additional information please contact

SEAM wins IMR Manufacturing Awards 2020 for Industry Research Partnership with Boston Scientific Clonmel

SEAM Technology Gateway Centre of WIT has won the IMR Manufacturing & Supply Chain Awards 2020 in the Industry Research Partnership of the Year category.

The Awards ceremony was held in Citywest, Dublin on 29th January 2020.

SEAM has won the prestigious  Knowledge transfer Ireland (KTI) Award under industrial consultancy category before and also have been shortlisted KTI finalist under Industrial collaborative research with Sulzer in 2016 and with Boston Clonmel, Schivo and Lisnabrin in 2018.

This IMR award category recognises the achievements of outstanding contribution to industry research through partnerships between companies and or academic institutions. The award honours research and innovation partners and companies, who have collaborated to create new products, service or formulations and have demonstrated innovation within the last 12 months.

Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra,  Director of SEAM Research Centre, WIT said: ‘We are very pleased to win this Industry Research Partnership award as it recognises our ability to build strong relationships with industries and carry out applied research that fosters innovation, jobs and economic growth. This particular award acknowledges our good working relationship with Boston Scientific Clonmel and collaborative nature of research in the area of additive manufacturing (3D printing) that had huge positive impacts for both organisations’.

Photo: SEAM Director Ramesh Raghavendra with Conor Russell, Vice President (operations) Boston Clonmel and staff from both organisations.

CAPPA Coordinating New €3.8 million EU Doctoral Training Network

The Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis (CAPPA) at Cork Institute of Technology has today launched their new EU-funded OPTAPHI project worth over €3.8 million. OPTAPHI is a European Double Doctorate Programme on “Optical sensing using advanced photo–induced effects”, and involves five partner institutions across Europe. The network was official launched by CIT President, Dr. Barry O’Connor, at the project’s kick-off meeting held in CIT on 21st January. The project is coordinated by  Dr. Liam O’Faolain (William Whelan-Curtin) and brings over €1M funding to CIT; this is the largest amount in a single EU H2020 project to be awarded to the institute to date, and brings to over €10 million the total amount of funding secured by the CAPPA research centre in the past 5 years.

The OPTAPHI project is a European joint doctorate programme funded under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme, as part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. The consortium includes Cork Institute of Technology as coordinator, Politecnico di Bari (Italy), University of Bari Aldo Moro (Italy), Vienna University of Technology (Austria) and University of Montpellier (France). Through the project, 14 early stage researchers will undertake an innovative doctoral programme, which includes studying at two of the partner institutes, and will be awarded double Ph.D. degrees from both their co-hosts. The training from leading research groups will be complemented by secondment opportunities offered by ten associated Partner Organisations, together with network-wide training events such as workshops and a summer school.

A total of eight Ph.D. students will be registered at CIT, and the project represents four new partnerships for formal double degree awards with European academic institutions. In Horizon 2020 to date, OPTAPHI is one of only four EJD networks coordinated by an Irish institute, within a funding scheme which is one of the most highly competitive in the Framework Programme.

The photonics sector underpins all aspects of modern society, including optical telecommunications, biophotonics, medical devices and materials processing. In Europe, sensing is the largest photonics-based application. The OPTAPHI students will develop advanced optical sensors focusing on applications in the areas of Environmental Sensing, Agri-Food Analysis and Industrial Process Monitoring. OPTAPHI will demonstrate compact sensors that can be used in unmanned aerial vehicles for environment sensing, as low cost sensors for food monitoring and in industrial Process Analytical Technology.

“We are delighted to have received funding for the OPTAPHI project which will enable us to work with eight new students and develop advanced optical sensors focusing on applications in a variety of areas” says Dr Liam O’ Faolain, OPTAPHI project coordinator. Speaking at the official launch of the OPTAPHI project on Tuesday 21 of January, CIT President Dr Barry O’ Connor said: “ The OPTAPHI project offers a great platform for the five partners institutions- two from Bari in Italy, one each from Vienna, Austria, Montpellier, France and CIT as the coordinating partner – to work together on advancing photonics research in the EU. There will be great potential within this consortium to form the nucleus of a European University, a project strongly supported by the EU Commission and by many governments across Europe aimed at enhancing European cohesion in Higher Education and Research”

Applications for the OPTAPHI Ph.D. positions will open shortly. You can find more information on the OPTAPHI website:

This post was originally published on the CAPPA website

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THEA’s STEM Supplement – Irish Independent 28th Nov 2019

A gateway to the future

Enterprise Ireland has committed €26 million to invest in the Future Technology Gateway Programme between 2018 and 2022. They have had over 500 companies involved in over 700 projects through the Technology Gateway network.

“The link between enterprise and the third level sector is incredibly important,” says Mark Christal. “Building this link has been a key focus for Enterprise Ireland for a number of years. The objective is to support companies that have the potential to grow and scale. To do that, we need to be proactively working and making sure those links between indigenous enterprises, and the third level sector, are strong.” Mark Christal, Enterprise Ireland Manager Regions & Entrepreneurship

Read about some of the exciting, ground breaking, innovative research and development projects that the Technology Gateway Network have been involved with recently. These will give you a flavour of the possibilities that are available to you, if you have an idea, product design or other project that you wish to bring to the next level.

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Minister Humphreys announces €6 Million for the Capital Equipment Fund for Third Level Institutes through the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Programme

25 July 2019 — 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 Network Programme. 43 successful applicants from the Institutes of Technology (IoT) and TU Dublin have secured over €6million in funding.

The Technology Gateway Network Programme funds interactions between local and national industry and the Institutes of Technology and aims to increase the levels of interaction between the IoTs and industry in Ireland. The intended outcomes of the Programme include; more companies engaging in R&D, pilot manufacturing capability for new product/process development, enhanced technology validation and testing capabilities, testbed generation and enhanced training potential for key industry staff on emerging technologies. The €6million fund will assist in buying capital that relates to new technologies such as augmented and virtual reality.

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: “Our aim is to build on our strong enterprise ecosystem from across the wide spectrum of academia, research and business communities. This fund directly supports projects that are emerging from the ground up. The successful applicants announced today are housing research projects and initiatives that are at the cutting edge of innovation and I am confident that they have the potential to make a real and lasting impact on enterprise development at both a regional and national level.”

She added, “Through Future Jobs Ireland, our whole-of-Government framework to prepare for the future economy, we want Ireland to become a leader in technology adoption. This Capital Equipment Fund will support Institutes of Technology and TU Dublin in buying equipment relating to new technologies and is another step towards realising this ambition.”

Speaking about the announcement Mark Whelan, Technology Gateway Programme Manager at Enterprise Ireland said “This funding allows our Technology Gateway the opportunity to purchase new technologies in areas such as augmented and virtual reality, mobile robotics and moulding. Successful applicants have a proven track record in industry engagement and the new equipment will assist in increasing their interaction with industry and add value to the SME sector in Ireland.”


For further information, contact:                

Nicola Corboy, Press & Media Relations, Enterprise Ireland

01 727 2149 / 086 021 0114


Note to the editor

Future Jobs Ireland 2019, is the first in a series of annual reports as part of a multi-annual framework. Future Jobs Ireland outlines longer-term ambitions for the future of the economy out until 2025 taking account of the challenges ahead. Each year, Future Jobs Ireland will set out the steps to deliver on the ambitions with the ultimate goal of increasing the resilience of our economy and future-proofing it.


Each of the Five Pillars of Future Jobs Ireland has high level targets for 2025. Future Jobs Ireland includes 26 ambitions which contain 127 deliverables (actions) for completion in 2019. Each deliverable has a quantifiable output, a lead Department and timeframe.


In terms of implementation, Future Jobs Ireland will be a standing agenda item overseen by Cabinet Committee A. Progress on deliverables will be reported quarterly to the Senior Official Group. Biannually, more detailed progress reports will be made to Government and subsequently published.


Key deliverables for 2019 under each pillar include:


Pillar 1: Embracing Innovation and Technological Change

  • Deliver important policy initiatives including an Industry 4.0 Strategy, a National Digital Strategy, and a National Artificial Intelligence Strategy
  • Form Top Teams to progress areas of opportunity for Ireland beginning with Artificial Intelligence, GovTech and Offshore Renewables
  • Develop Ireland as a centre for developing and testing new technologies by, for example:
    • extending the EI/IDA Irish Manufacturing Research Additive Manufacturing technology centre to include cobotics and AR/VR,
    • progressing the Advanced Manufacturing Centre,
    • expanding the Tyndall National Institute,
    • commencing the development of a National Centre of Excellence on High Performance and Nearly Zero Energy Buildings
    • commencing the development of a National Design Centre
  • With NESC, develop a strategy for Transition Teams to help the transition of vulnerable enterprises and workers


Pillar 2: Improving SME Productivity

  • Deliver a new female entrepreneurship strategy
  • Develop a new investment funding facility to assist indigenous Irish companies in scaling their businesses
  • Encourage the growth of clusters where enterprises can grow and help each other and deepen linkages between foreign and Irish owned businesses
  • Increase the impact of Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs) and increase SME take-up of Enterprise Ireland (EI) and LEO productivity supports
  • Drive productivity growth in the construction and retail sectors


Pillar 3: Enhancing Skills and Developing and Attracting Talent

  • Offer career advice to workers through the Public Employment Service
  • Engrain lifelong learning and offer career enhancing opportunities to workers
  • Ensure our economic migration system is responsive to our labour market needs
  • Promote flexible training options
  • Provide training in emerging technologies


Pillar 4: Increasing Participation in the Labour Force

  • Conduct a national consultation on extending flexible working options
  • Develop guidelines for employers on flexible working options
  • Develop a return to work service (e.g. for women returning to the workplace) as part of the Public Employment Service
  • Improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities
  • Provide incentives for people who wish to work longer


Pillar 5: Transitioning to a Low Carbon Economy

  • Position Ireland as a centre in research, development and innovation, for smart grids, buildings and renewable technologies
  • Review the regional dimension of the economic and employment implications of the transition to a low carbon economy
  • Promote electric vehicles and achieve over 10,000 electric vehicles on the road by the end of the year
  • Deliver a national deep retrofit programme for existing housing stock.




Design for Business Advantage networking morning

Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway Network and USER-FACTOR Design for SMEs group announce their ‘Design for Business Advantage’ networking morning

Design and design thinking has an important role to play in the creation of new products and services, as well as an integral role in enabling innovation within companies. The benefits of a design approach at the initial stage of product innovation is often key to a successful outcome. Providing companies with an opportunity to increase productivity and create value in products and services in both traditional and emerging sectors.

Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway Network aims to highlight the importance and value of design within the innovation process, the benefits of engaging with a design process and the role that design implemented innovation can play in the success of Irish businesses. Many of our Gateways, in a variety of specialisations and industries, offer a design-led approach when collaborating with Irish companies.

With this in mind, the Technology Gateway Network and USER-FACTOR Design for SMEs group are co-hosting a networking morning on 30th April 2019 at the Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel (9 am – 12 pm).

The theme of the event will be Design for Business Advantage and participants will hear from a number of companies who have worked with the Technology Gateway Network to use the expertise available within the host Institutes of Technology.

The keynote address will be given by Lorna Ross, who has had a stellar design career which has also been an interesting journey spanning more than 25 years, with stops in the world of fashion, wearable technology and, most recently, health care. She is a futurist at heart, recognised for her ability to anticipate shifts in the social, cultural and economic context for design. She was one of the pioneering researchers to focus on wearable technologies and built a reputation for research activity in this arena. She founded and led the Human Wellbeing Group at the MIT Media Lab, where her vision was to employ human-centred design principles to address the biggest challenges facing the healthcare industry in delivering population health outcomes.

Representatives from our Technology Gateways, including the managers and their research staff, will also be available for informal meetings on the day. If you wish to avail of this option, please contact Grainne Foley ( or

This event is suitable for all types of Irish Business such as Start-Ups, SMEs, large indigenous companies and multinationals.

A networking lunch will be provided from 12 pm.

Registration for this free event is available here.

SEAM Technology Gateway celebrates 10 years of providing support to Irish industry   

l-r: Dr Ramesh Raghavendra, SEAM Centre Director and Technology Gateway Manager; Michael Kelly, Centre Manager of 3DWIT; Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys; and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan with 3D printed crests of their counties presented on the day

So far, 2019 has been a big year for SEAM Technology Gateway, based in Waterford Institute of Technology, as it celebrates 10 years providing support and expertise to Irish industry. In recognition of this achievement, an industry-focused celebration was hosted on Friday 22nd March in Waterford Institute of Technology. The event focused on highlighting the many existing and new capabilities that SEAM can offer as well as showcasing the special relationship which exists between the Gateway and industry. The event also included the launch of the new Additive Manufacturing Training Centre (3DWIT) based in WIT.

Attended by over 100 industry delegates from around the country, representatives were also present from Enterprise Ireland, the IDA, Government departments and various academic institutes.

SEAM Technology Gateway is currently funded under the Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateway Programme, which delivers innovation expertise to industry across Ireland. The programme is run by Enterprise Ireland in partnership with 9 Institutes of Technology and 1 Technological University across the country. SEAM is one of 15 such Gateways and provides engineering material solutions for industry in sectors such as biomedical devices, pharmaceuticals, microelectronics, precision engineering and construction. The Gateway has been providing assistance to industries in the South and SE region of Ireland and beyond since its launch in 2009.

The event agenda included a range of relevant and interesting discussions, audience interactions and presentations. The morning session opened with a welcome address by Dr Mark White, Vice President for Research & Innovation, WIT, followed by a presentation by Dr Ramesh Raghavendra (SEAM Centre Director & CEO of 3DWIT), who outlined SEAM’s 10-year contribution to industry. Closing the morning session was an insightful presentation from Michael Kelly, Centre Manager of 3DWIT, who introduced the new Additive Manufacturing skills available through 3DWIT.

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan, viewing WIRE EDM-3D printing post processing equipment

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan, viewing WIRE EDM-3D printing post processing equipment

Session 2 saw company presentations by:

  • Dan Buck, Head of Device Engineering Group, Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd
  • Jonathan Downey, Applications Engineering Manager, Schivo Medicals
  • Triona Kennedy, Manager, Advanced Operations, Stryker
  • Noel Lynch, Managing Director, EDPAC (Cork)

These not only allowed attendees an insight into the many different types of collaboration between SEAM and Irish industry, but the many different types of R&D development and innovation currently ongoing within Irish industry.

Session 3 focused on the areas of Technology, Research & Development, and Innovation with insightful presentations by:

  • Marc Sanders, Director of AM Applications, Renishaw (United Kingdom) entitled Be specific! Custom implants focus on the individual patient
  • Frank Devitt, Senior Lecturer-Design Innovation & Innovation strategy, Maynooth University on Design Thinking and its approach to prototyping and experimentation
  • Gearoid Mooney, Research & Innovation Division Manager, Enterprise Ireland on The importance of R&D and innovation to Businesses and Technology Gateway centre supports

This was then followed by an informative Question and Answers session with all panel members.

Dr Ramesh Raghavendra, SEAM Centre Director and Technology Gateway Manager presenting at the event

Dr Ramesh Raghavendra, SEAM Centre Director and Technology Gateway Manager, presenting at the event

The afternoon session saw the official launch of the Additive Manufacturing Training Centre (3DWIT) with speeches from Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan.

Panel audience interaction session

Panel audience interaction session

Reflecting on the day and on the previous 10 years, Dr. Ramesh Raghavendra, SEAM Centre Director and Technology Gateway Manager said: 

“It has been a pleasure to lead SEAM since its formal launch in 2009 and today after crossing the milestone of 10th Anniversary I am proud to say that SEAM has become a good and effective vehicle of transferring the benefits of various government funded research programmes to industries through partnering and collaborating with them. Oscar Wilde cites “Success is a science, if you have the conditions, you will get the result.” We in SEAM constantly strive for success to build a good Engineering Research Infrastructure with latest technologies in the South East that delivers the results not only for industries in the South East, but beyond for the whole of Island of Ireland.”

Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway Programme Manager, Mark Whelan, commented on the success of SEAM and said:

“SEAM’s success over the past 10 years has been down to the hard work and dedication of the staff in SEAM and the wider WIT community. The benefit of SEAM to industry in Ireland has been invaluable and I look forward to its continued growth and success over the next 10 years.”

To find out more about SEAM Technology Gateway check out their page and follow them on Twitter for all the latest news and events!