On Thursday 26th November, the research relationship between Intel Ireland and its University partners was recognised on the National stage, with the presentation of the 2020 Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) Impact Award for Industry Engagement.
Intel has a long-standing research and innovation partnership with Trinity College Dublin (TCD). It was a founding partner of the TCD-led CRANN Research Centre (Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices) and is a key strategic partner within the SFI-funded research centre AMBER (Advanced Materials and Bio-Engineering Research Centre), which is hosted in CRANN TCD and involves, amongst others, researcher teams in both UCC/Tyndall and DCU.
This partnership has led to around 50 scientific publications since 2008 and has seen Intel fund 15 research projects with AMBER to the tune of €1.9M with an additional €3.7M in-kind contribution. As part of the collaboration, Intel place Researchers in Residence in AMBER institutions who contribute to the collaborative research and are also on the lookout for new talent. In the last 10 years Intel has hired numerous post-graduate and post-doctorate researchers from CRANN/AMBER.
In 2019, the AMBER Centre was renewed with SFI funding for a 6-year period. A significant aspect to this renewal was the overhaul of the collaborative research agreement with Intel in line with evolving best practices. This was a challenging negotiation over several months that involved numerous complex bi-lateral and multi-party discussions (including UCC/Tyndall and DCU). It required strong leadership from Intel and the TCD Technology Transfer Office to navigate compliance with EU rules and the National IP protocol, while meeting both the Intel requirements and the partner Institutes policies. Successful conclusion of the AMBER 2 collaborative research agreement ensures that Intel remains a major strategic industry partner until 2025 and has immediately protected company funding for two new research projects.
Speaking after the virtual award ceremony, Bernie Capraro, Intel’s Research Manager for Silicon Technology said: “I am delighted that the significant effort to finalise the legal agreement, which sees the potential of a further 6 years of research collaboration between Intel and our world-class Irish research champions, has been recognised by this National Award. I would like to thank all the legal teams involved, and all our research partners and Intel Researchers in Residence, who make the programme attractive to our Corporate Customers, and drive the work to continued success.”
About the Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Awards
The KTI Impact Awards recognise and showcase the success in the knowledge transfer carried out in Irish Higher Education Institutions and publicly funded research organisations for the wider benefit of the economy and society at large.
Across three categories the awards recognise top performance in industry engagement and commercialisation of research and they pay tribute to the businesses and research performing organisations involved in knowledge transfer. The awards also acknowledge and celebrate the technology transfer offices, industry liaison offices and their staff on-the-ground to make knowledge transfer and commercialisation happen.
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