EMD Ireland: a new Technology Gateway Cluster

EMD Technology Gateway Cluster Ireland

EMD Ireland is a cluster group of six technology gateways operating within the engineering, materials and design sector. Established in 2016 we provide a broad range of expertise to industry in the areas of research and innovation. The cluster connects with over 300 industry researchers in areas such as precision engineering, biotechnology, polymers, protective coatings, prototype design, medical imaging technologies and 3D medal additive manufacturing.

Specialised research resources are leveraged from within the six participating Institute of Technology and applied to industry problems of all sizes.

Our Gateways

APT Gateway is based in Athlone IT and provides polymer and technology solutions for industry in the medical, composite, recycling and pharmaceutical sectors. APT is equipped with sophisticated analytical equipment including SEM, DSC, FTIR, XRD, GPC, HPLC, etc., as well as a variety of pilot-scale processing equipment (3D additive, extruders, injection moulders, blow moulders, etc.).

CREST Gateway is based in DIT and provides coating innovation solutions for industry in the engineering, construction, healthcare and biomedical industries. As the only dedicated surface coatings laboratory in Ireland, CREST offers expertise in areas such as protective coatings for challenging environments, surface treatment of metal components, coatings for environment applications and biomedical devices.

Design+ Gateway is based in IT Carlow and provides a wide range of industrial design expertise in the areas of engineering, ICT & software, and bio lifesciences. The gateway enables industries to define and develop new products and concepts in a highly creative manner, drawing on a broad spectrum of technical, business and marketing expertise.

MET Gateway is based in GMIT and is an interdisciplinary technology centre providing world-class solutions for the medtech and general manufacturing sectors. The centre develops novel technologies relevant to both clinical research and medtech companies operating in the design application phase. MET provides expertise in medical imaging technologies, biomedical engineering technologies/solutions, data analytics and visualisation and design engineering and verification.

PEM Gateway is based in IT Sligo and provides a unique single industry support offering in precision engineering, manufacturing and materials. PEM provides expertise in precision engineering and design, manufacturing process modelling and simulation, advanced process monitoring and control and advanced material syntheses & characterisation.

SEAM Gateway is based in WIT and provides innovative materials engineering solutions for companies from a wide range of sectors, including bio-medical devices, pharmaceuticals, micro-electronics, precision engineering and industrial technologies. SEAM has expertise in x-ray micro-tomography (XMT) – 3D non-destructive characterisation; finite element Analysis – 3D software modelling, 3D metal additive manufacturing; materials & precision engineering – engineering design & characterisation; and bio medical engineering – development of novel materials.

What can EMD Ireland offer your company?

With a greater focus on research and innovation, EMD Ireland facilitates your access to the six specialised centres across the EMD Gateway Cluster. Each centre can provide assistance and support in delivering near-to-market solutions, becoming an important extension of your company’s R&D capability.

Each centre has access to a dedicated Gateway manager and a team of specialised business development engineers to help with your individual needs. We can also provide information and assistance with various Enterprise Ireland funding supports available for your company.

EMD Ireland works with a wide range of companies on both large and small projects. If you are an SME, a large indigenous or multinational company, we can help.

What funding options are available?

There are a variety of different types of funding available, to suit all types and sizes of project.

Innovation Vouchers

Enterprise Ireland Innovation Vouchers are open to all small and medium-sized limited companies currently registered in Ireland. They provide funding to the value of €5,000, to help with the research and innovation of a business opportunity or problem. Innovation Vouchers are redeemable with any of the Technology Gateways in Ireland. Read how Magnetar Medical Devices collaborated with Design+ Technology Gateway using an Innovation Voucher to further design and develop an electrical drug delivery patch.

The next call for Innovation Vouchers runs from Wednesday 26th April to Wednesday 10th May. To ensure eligibility for this scheme, get in touch for further information and advice.

Innovation Partnerships

Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnerships are ideal for larger, long-term projects and aid with the development or improvement of products, services or processes. Grants of up to 80% towards eligible costs are available from Enterprise Ireland. Read our case study of Neuravi, who collaborated – through an Innovation Partnership – with MET Gateway to develop an in vitro simulation system for testing the performance of their innovative product.

Innovation Partnerships are open for applications all year round. To ensure eligibility for this scheme, get in touch for further information and advice.

What’s the next step?

For more information about the cluster, click here. If you have any further questions, are unsure about eligibility or require further advice, get in touch with us. You can also follow us on Twitter to keep up with the latest industry and cluster news.