Tyndall National Institute and CIT renew Memorandum of Understanding

By Business & Finance
27 May 2014
Tyndall National Institute and CIT renew Memorandum of Understanding

Tyndall National Institute and Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) have today signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to renew and expand their existing partnership.

The partnership forms part of a broader collaboration between the two institutions which is valued at over €50m to date.

The new agreement will focus on delivering world-class research, providing highly skilled industry relevant graduates to the workforce and generating new businesses from innovative technologies. Tyndall, UCC and CIT have had tremendous success in the last series of EU funding, reaching €75m between them in over 260 research projects with an average success rate of 20%, and are actively pursuing the government’s target of winning €1.2bn in EU Horizon 2020.

Photonics, the study of the generation and manipulation of light, is an important focus of collaboration and research of CIT at Tyndall. The CIT research group CAPPA (Centre for Advanced Photonics and Process Analysis), based at Tyndall, undertakes work on a diverse number of applications across telecommunications, lighting, medicine, agriculture and robotics. An integral part of the SFI-funded Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) at Tyndall, CAPPA joins the 100 researchers from four institutes developing new light-enabled technologies.

CAPPA recently announced its participation in the pan-European NISTAS project. Working with Irish industry partners, Epilight Ltd and Open Innovation Partners, and six other European partners, the project aims to develop a new light based medical instrument for the non-invasive and rapid diagnosis of cardiovascular illnesses that is inexpensive and portable. By 2050, the population aged over 80 is expected to have increased by 170%, and cardiovascular diseases are by far the greatest cause of death (over 50%) in this age group.

Tyndall National Institute and CIT’s NIMBUS Centre for Embedded Systems Research have worked on several national and international projects which have looked to improve energy efficiency and demand using technologies such as wireless sensor networks and embedded systems, energy harvesting, auto-commissioning and simulation models. These have taken advantage of the extensive test beds established in the city, including CIT’s national test bed for micro-generation.

Seán Sherlock TD, Minister for Research & Innovation commented: “This partnership is another example of Irish academics and institutions excelling in the area of research and industry innovation. The work of the CIT and Tyndall partnership has shown what collaboration can achieve at a national and international level. The Government has targeted €1.25bn in EU funding under the European Horizon 2020 programme and it will be programmes such as CIT@Tyndall that will play an important role in securing this funding to drive research and innovation both nationally and internationally.”

Dr Kieran Drain, CEO Tyndall National Institute commented: “After 15 years of collaboration which has enabled us to utilise the existing infrastructure of both institutions we are delighted to have renewed and expanded our partnership with CIT. The programme has proved very successful and collaborations with Centres such as CAPPA and NIMBUS have a proven track record of delivery since their inception. We are focused on delivering programmes that will drive maximum economic impact and accelerate the growth of new business. With 10 currently active projects worth over €5 million we are looking forward to building for the future.”