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Research and Innovation at DCU

As Ireland's University of Enterprise, Dublin City University creates new knowledge and also translates such knowledge into benefits for society.

Dublin City University's aim is to transform lives and societies through education, research and innovation. DCU is a research-intensive university of enterprise with a focus on translating knowledge into benefits for societe and for the economy. The University is in the QS World Top 40 Universities under the Age of 50, and in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50.

To ensure that research at DCU increases its real-world impact, we are focusing on areas where we have recognised strengths and where society is facing significant challenges. Our key areas are:

  • Health technologies, and the healthy and ageing society
  • Information technology and the digital society
  • Sustainable economies and societies; and
  •  Democratic and secure societies

DCU Research and Innovation Matrix

DCU's research and innovation matrix: from the core of academic excellence, the four resarch and enterprise hubs develop research that can have an impact on important areas for the economy and society. These activities are reinforced by additional expertise in three cross-cutting platforms (science and technology enhancement, business innovation, and societal impact.

 With research and scholarship in its four faculties (Business, Engineering and Computing, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Science and Health), DCU academics contribute to the growth of their disciplines. DCU also brings together researchers from different disciplines to focus on work that can contribute to solving some of society’s pressing needs. The research and innovation activity in DCU can be represented in a matrix form (se diagram above),  formed from four outwardly facing research and enterprise hubs and three cross-cutting supporting platforms. Each hub has an academic director who can bring together researchers from across our four faculties to tackle problems in new ways and deliver innovations of benefit to society.

In this way, DCU can create productive teams to make the best use of its expertise and facilities and interact fruitfully with external collaborators, whether from enterprise or other academic centres.

DCU has around 500 academic researchers and over 700 PhD students. Competitively won funding for its research is about €35 million per annum, and DCU invests considerable amounts of its own resources to develop its research infrastructure and to support key programmes. Such support is coordinated by Research and Innovation Support, which has two constituent units:

Please explore their web pages for further information about the assistance they can provide.

Information for graduate research students and prospective students can be found on the Graduate Studies Office web pages.