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Research at DCU

Research and Innovation Support

Eugene Kennedy Since the recruitment of the first academic staff in 1980, Dublin City University (DCU) has placed a high value on innovative applied undergraduate teaching programmes and on high quality research activity. Research centres were established early in DCU’s growth with support from the government’s Programme in Advanced Technology. Later initiatives such as University Designated Research Centres (UDRC), National Centres and Centres for Science, Engineering and Technology have continued this theme of building research flagships, which are significant in terms of national leadership and international competitiveness. DCU has grown to a university with ten thousand students including over 780 postgraduate researchers, research expenditure of over €47m in 2009 and achieved much in terms of establishing itself as an innovative university with strong Teaching & Learning programmes and a growing reputation for research. DCU has emerged with national leadership in strategic research areas and strengthening international linkages and reputation.

The university is home to Science Foundation Ireland’s Biomedical Diagnostics Institute and Centre for Next Generation Localization. Our research activities are supported by funding from Irish Government funding agencies, European Union Framework 7 and industry partners including Bristol Myers Squibb, Samsung, Wyeth, Microsoft, IBM and Dai Nippon Printing Co.

The Research and Innovation Support has three constituent units which support the research of our academics, research students and collaborative partners.

  1. Research Support Services
  2. Graduate School
  3. Invent DCU

This university covers an enormous range of disciplines from the humanities, engineering, management, to health and the natural sciences. The DCU website will provide you with glimpses of DCU the organisation, its people and research programmes which I hope will give you a taste of the exciting and groundbreaking research being conducted at DCU. I invite you to consider research partnerships and opportunities for postgraduate research study at DCU.


Professor Eugene Kennedy
Vice-President for Research