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Are you prepared to start innovating, or perhaps you want RD&I support for a current project, process, or service? The first step is to get in touch with those who can assist. Do you know that Enterprise Ireland has a nationwide network of Technology Gateways? We have created a guide highlighting the innovation, support, funding, expertise, and advice that is accessible to businesses in the East / North East (and beyond) through the Technology Gateway Network. 

Three Technology Gateways, situated at the Technological University Dublin (TUD) and Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT), are located in the East/North East areas and provide specializations in engineering surface technology, microsensors, renewable energy, and other fields. The combination of experience and skill is unmatched, with a wide range of guidance and information available along with financing and assistance from Enterprise Ireland. 

 East 

CREST Technology Gateway (Centre for Research In Engineering surface technology gateway) TUD Kevin Street, Dublin.  

The CREST Gateway offers coatings innovation solutions to the building, engineering, healthcare, and biomedical industries. The Enterprise Ireland-funded gateway, located on Kevin Street on TUD’s campus, is the island of Ireland’s sole specialized surface coatings laboratory. 

CREST operates under an ISO 9001 Quality Management System and annually delivers consultancy services to over 100 companies ranging from Irish SMEs to worldwide enterprises. The gateway was verified as a laboratory by the FOCAS Research Institute. 

In the field of surface coatings, the Irish engineering, aerospace, automotive, architectural, electronics, biomedical, and healthcare industries are being served through CREST Technology Gateway. The center offers an exceptional level of service because to its more than 60 years of industrial surface coating experience. 

 Specialisations: 

  • Protective coatings for challenging environments 
  • Surface treatment of metal components 
  • Coatings for environmental applications 
  • Biomedical devices 

MiCRA Technology Gateway (Microsensors for Clinical Research & Analysis Gateway) TUD Tallaght, Dublin 

The MiCRA Gateway, situated at TU Dublin – Tallaght, provides solutions for businesses in the environmental, agri-food, bio/pharmaceuticals, and animal/human diagnostics sectors. 

The facility’s operations are sponsored through industrial partnerships and supported by Enterprise Ireland’s Technology Gateways initiative. The facility’s portfolio of applied research is robust and expanding, making knowledge and experience available to local and national business. 

MiCRA collaborates with academic applied research, business owners, start-ups, SMEs, and big industrial firms to develop solutions in sensors and diagnostic devices that are closer to the demands of the Irish industry. Through a variety of funding sources, ranging from the shortest feasibility studies to projects that take more than two years to complete, the gateway collaborates with industry clients and partners: 

  • Innovation/Co-Funded Vouchers and Innovation Partnerships 
  • Commercialization Fund, H2020, Direct Industry Funding, etc. 
  • Consulting; Contract Research/Analysis 

 Specialisations: 

  • Sensor design-engineering & prototyping 
  • Human and animal healthcare/diagnostics: sensor development  
  • Dairy/agri-foodsensing technology: process & quality control  
  • Rapid/portablesensors for environmental & water testing  
  • Materials development & characterization 
  • Bio/pharma: process & quality control 
  • Analytical services  

 North East 

CREDIT Technology Gateway (Centre For Renewables and Energy Technology Gateway) DkIT, Dundalk 

CREDIT Gateway focuses on renewable energy, energy optimization, and energy storage. It uses cutting-edge technology, industry know-how, and specialized knowledge from the energy and renewables sectors to support entrepreneurial businesses and companies in bringing new and improved procedures, goods, and services to market. 

The gateway collaborates with enterprises, industries, and communities to build a continuous innovation cycle that turns product and service concepts into reality. Entrepreneurs and innovators may use prototyping to test, evaluate, learn from, and modify ideas, which assists in their development. 

This facility is becoming an important part of Ireland’s energy and renewables innovation and research environment, actively assisting businesses and industries in becoming more viable through solving problems, targeted R&D, innovation, and enabling faster implementation of emerging methodologies and technologies to develop new markets. 

Specialisations: 

  • Renewables 
  • Energy Optimisation 
  • Energy Storage 

For additional information on our Gateways or previous projects, check out our Network page and case studies section. 

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