Waterford Institute of Technology is committed to being a research-led Institute, recognised for its distinctive, high quality centres of research. Our strategy is to create substantial centres of excellence for world-class research in which individual scholars and research groups are given maximum freedom to pursue their investigations. Our academic research community is networked into the global research community and quality assured through collaborations and peer review publications. It ensures that our postgraduate masters and PhD programmes provide our students with opportunities to carry out research with some of the leading research centers around the world.
The Institute has created a research and innovation ecosystem bringing together researchers, students, entrepreneurs and established companies focused on ensuring that our research activities are internationally benchmarked, strategic and economically relevant.
Industry plays an important partnership role in the development and operation of our research strategy. We have focused our resources on building centres of research excellence in areas which are strategic important for Ireland and the South-East region. These include Bio-Pharma, Communications Networks and Mobile Services and Advanced Manufacturing. The excellence of our research activities has enabled us to develop strategic partnerships with global industrial leaders and indigenous High Potential Start-Ups creating real economic benefit.
Despite the difficult economic times we continue to grow our research activities and maintain our competitive funding stream from both national and international programmes.
The Research Support Unit provides research lifecycle management to the institute’s academic staff. It acts as a single contact point for the external community to research activities within the Institute.
Dr Peter McLoughlin
Vice President for Research, Innovation & Graduate Studies