Institute Research Centres (IRCs)

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An IRC is a sustainable research group, in one of the prioritised areas of research listed in the Institute’s strategic plan. It may exist within and across disciplines and should have sufficient critical mass to be capable of attracting funding from the most competitive schemes of the funding agencies, participating in research collaborations and alliances with research groupings of substantial size from other institutions and raising the profile of research within the Institute.

Researchers within and across different disciplines are encouraged to explore areas of common interest and to work together. A clear development path is mapped from initial collaboration to IRC status. Collaborations with other institutions and with industry are also encouraged. Designation as an IRC represents endorsement by the Institute, and adds credibility to such a research group in the eyes of external agencies and researchers. Additional resources will also be provided to assist in sustaining and growing the research activity. A call was made in 2004 for applications for IRC status. After an extensive external evaluation process of the submitted applications, three centres were established and since then a further four more IRCs have been established in 2006.

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