Tyndall National Institute
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, is one of Europe's leading research centres, specialising in ICT hardware research, commercialisation of technology and the education of next generation researchers. Tyndall has a critical mass of over 420 researchers, engineers, students and support staff focused on quality research and the commercialisation of technology through industry collaboration. Tyndall’s research expertise spans a range of technologies from atoms to systems in the areas of photonics, microsystems and micro-nanoelectronics and addresses key challenges in the areas of Communications, Energy, Health and the Environment.
Queen Elizabeth II visited the research centre as part of her state visit to Ireland
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on 20 May 2011.
Research is Tyndall’s core activity and the many scientific and technological breakthroughs reported are testimony to the quality of research conducted at Tyndall. However, it is the application of that
research and Tyndall’s track record of industry engagement and licensing of technology to industry that sets it apart from other research providers. Tyndall has over 200 industry partnerships and customers worldwide. Several start up companies in Ireland have been based on technology originating at Tyndall.
Education of the next generation of researchers is also of vital importance to the national economy. Tyndall is host to some 125 PhD students who make a major contribution to Tyndall’s research output before going on to take their expertise and skills into further research and into industry. The fabrication, packaging and test facilities at Tyndall are extensive and are also used to provide technology support services to industry and other academic research centres.
38 nationalities are represented within the institute at all levels, with its research published in 200 peer reviewed publications last year. Income for 2010 was over €33m.
Tyndall is primarily funded from competitively won research income from national and international funding agencies such as the EU, SFI, EI, ESA, HEA and through direct contracts with industry. The institute also receives an annual grant from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation.
The research centres are backed by a strong theory, modelling and design centre and a wafer fabrication facility with CMOS, III-V and MEMS capability. Many of Tyndall’s PhD graduates go on to pursue careers in industry and are respected for the quality of their research and development outputs. Tyndall is supported by funding from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the Higher Education Authority.
The current CEO of Tyndall is Prof. Roger Whatmore.
Tyndall will deliver new opportunities for Ireland’s economic growth through excellence in research and development, and post-graduate education & training, and by delivering innovative ICT solutions to society’s grand challenges in communications, energy, environment and health.
Tyndall will be:
• A catalyst for the generation of new businesses and growth for the Irish economy.
• An international leader in the technologies it researches with a reputation for research excellence.
• A source of highly trained post-graduates & post-doctoral researchers.
• A National Institute, operating globally to facilitate and enable R&D & innovation in Ireland.