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Research Development & Innovation


Research within LIT occurs through 14 dedicated centres and groups encompassing a wide variety of disciplines from Fine Art and Design, to Social Sciences, Biotechnology, Interactive Systems, Energy Management, and Sustainable Development. The research centres and groups all have a focus on developing niche areas of expertise to attract international researchers and external funding to provide innovative products and processes for LITs industry partners and develop postgraduate research opportunities.

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The Development Unit is dedicated to implementing LITs vision of supporting individuals, companies and industries in the Mid-West to achieve social, economic and environmental changes through applying its expertise in a collaborative manner. We pride ourselves on working with people to solve real problems and challenges. ​​​​​​With our focus on sustainable energy, climate action, social enterprise, rural development and technology our team leads and partners in projects and activities while working closely with academic staff and experts across the Institute.

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LIT provides support to enterprise in the region using a wide variety of tools. Together, these mechanisms form the LIT Enterprise Ladder. The Enterprise Ladder is a unique approach to the provision of support to enterprise, through which the resources of the Institute – academic, research, facilities and finance – are combined together in an integrated way to make the right type of support available to an enterprise in the right way at the right time. The Enterprise Office of LIT and its enterprise support activities are under the direction of the Institute’s Enterprise Development and Business Liaison Manager, Gillian Barry.

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