There are many ongoing collaborations between NCBES researchers and industry, both multinational and SMEs. The NCBES hosts three Science Foundation Ireland and industry funded Strategic Research Clusters (SRCs), the Alimentary Glycoscience Research Centre (, the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials ( and the Regenerative Medicine Institute ( In addition, the NCBES has numerous other academic-industry partnerships which are 100% industry funded or part industry funded in conjunction with exchequer and non-exchequer funding.

Industry Partners include:


Lake Region Medical



Alimentary Health


Boston Scientific

Proxy Biomedical

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Stryker Instruments


Veryan Medical

Cregana-Tactx Medical

Vysera Biomedical

EnBio Materials

Ziel Biopharma

Firebird Medical Ltd.



The NCBES works closely with Irish State Agencies and EU funding bodies to develop collaborative industry collaborations. Examples of funding mechanisms which support academic-industry partnership include:

The Enterprise Ireland Innovation Voucher initiative was developed to build links between Ireland's public knowledge providers (i.e. higher education institutes, public research bodies) and small businesses. Innovation Vouchers worth €5,000 are available to assist a company or companies to explore a business opportunity or problem with a registered knowledge provider.

The Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Programme offers financial support to companies who engage in collaborative research projects with Irish universities. This encourages Irish based companies to access university expertise to develop products, processes, services and generate new knowledge and know-how. The Innovation Partnership Programme can provide up to 80% of the cost of research work to develop new and improved products, processes or services, or generate new knowledge and know-how.

The Science Foundation Ireland Technology and Innovation Development Award (TIDA): TIDA facilitates greater interactions between SFI-funded researchers developing new technologies and industrial partners. Applications may be submitted to SFI for a Feasibility Study award up to a maximum of €100,000 direct costs for a period of 12 months.

The Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Scheme: The Enterprise Partnership Scheme is an innovative initiative whereby the Irish Research Council, in partnership with private enterprises and public bodies, awards co-funded postgraduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships to the most promising researchers in Ireland. It provides industry with flexible and easy access to an exceptional pool of competitively selected, high-calibre researchers and the opportunity to build links with relevant academic research groups.


NCBES Core Facilities 

All of the NCBES Core Facilities are available for use by industry. For more information and contact details please go Facilities.