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Leader in Integrated ICT Hardware & Systems

About Us

Impact from excellence

The Tyndall Building

Tyndall National Institute is a leading European deep-tech research centre in integrated ICT (Information and Communications Technology) hardware and systems. Specialising in both electronics and photonics – materials, devices, circuits and systems – we are globally leading in our core research areas of: 

  • Semiconductor wafer fabrication 
  • Quantum materials, devices and engineering platforms 
  • Micro-electronic and photonic integration and packaging 
  • Integrated energy systems and climate mitigation  
  • Biophotonics, bioelectronics, biomedical devices and systems 
  • Smart sensors and systems 
  • Human centric systems for work and living 
  • Optical communication systems  
  • Wireless communication systems  
  • Mixed signal and analog circuit design 

As a key national institute, Tyndall’s world-class research teams perform ground-breaking research with an ‘excellent impact from excellent research’ philosophy, focusing on the delivery of value from research to the Irish economy. We work with industry and academia to transform research into products in our core market areas of electronics, communications, energy, health, agri-food and the environment.  

The institute’s annual budget is competitively won from national research funders, EU Programmes, the European Space Agency and from industry collaborative projects.  

With a network of over 200 industry partners and customers worldwide, we are focused on delivering real impact from our excellent research. Our ambitious five-year strategic plan sets out a clear strategy to create employment and build critical mass within the international technology space. 

Tyndall is a research flagship of University College Cork (UCC), with a multidisciplinary community of over 600 researchers, engineers and support staff, of 52 different nationalities, including more than 150 full-time postgraduate students, 60% of whom move directly into industry on completion, exceeding the average across Irish HEIs of approx. 35%. 

Our world-class facilities include the only full silicon CMOS, MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) and III-V semiconductor wafer fabrication research facilities and services in Ireland. We are experts at designing, miniaturising and product prototyping the outputs of our research to drive connectivity.   

At Tyndall, we deliver research and innovation in Europe with local and global impact. Within the recently completed Horizon 2020, we have participated in over 111 projects with a total value of almost €800m, including significant co-funding by industry partners. Tyndall therefore contributes a very significant share of Ireland’s overall drawdown from Horizon 2020 with involvement in approximately 10% of the total Irish drawdown.   

In terms of national research leadership, Tyndall is host to, or a significant lead/partner institute for, the following strategic research and technology centres: 

  • Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC) the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Centre for Photonics  
  • Microelectronics Circuits Centre Ireland (MCCI
  • European Space Agency (ESA) Space Solutions Centre Ireland  
  • International Energy Research Centre (IERC)  
  • VistaMilk the SFI Centre for precision pasture-based dairying 
  • CONNECT the SFI Centre for Future Networks 
  • CONFIRM the SFI Centre for Smart Manufacturing  
  • AMBER the SFI Centre for Advanced Materials and BioEngineering  
  • MaREI the SFI Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine 

Tyndall operates under a unique Agreement between the Irish Government and UCC. The Agreement defines the primary role of Tyndall as providing a national focal point for excellence in deep-tech research, development and postgraduate training at the convergence of micro and nano-electronics, photonics, materials and software. Tyndall’s leadership position in these areas enables us to make a real contribution to addressing key societal challenges including climate change, sustainable living, water and food supply, cybersecurity, energy, and the provision of healthcare to an expanding and ageing population. It also enables Tyndall to continue to attract key industrial partners and world leading researchers, which are critical to international competitiveness and the ability to make a real and lasting contribution to the Irish economy.