Strategy Focuses on Addressing Societal Challenges Through Research Excellence
Today Tyndall launches its 2025 strategy, setting out an ambitious roadmap to build on almost 40 years of success in information and communications technology research. The five-year strategy represents a shift in Tyndall’s focus towards addressing the world’s major societal challenges including energy and climate change, clean water, healthcare, disease prevention, and gender equality using deep-tech R&D.
Tyndall is a partnership of UCC and the Department for Business Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI), receiving €7 million of core funding from DBEI in 2020. The Institute has a total research income of circa €40m per annum. The expansion of Tyndall National Institute is identified as a strategic investment priority in the Government’s National Development Plan, Project Ireland 2040. Tyndall’s international standing is evidenced by its involvement in the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Programme. Since the launch of Horizon 2020 in 2014, Tyndall has participated in 88 projects, with a total value of ca. €630m, of which €100m was allocated to Tyndall and other Irish partners.
Tyndall’s mission is to affect change globally, based on the excellence of its research, its state of the art facilities and its people. Tyndall 2025 provides for a growth strategy which will be driven by collaborating with global leaders, providing a platform to pursue new fields of research and make impactful contributions to global projects. It will contribute to advances in technology that shape the future of a sustainable world and nurture the minds of the leaders who will drive those advances.
Tyndall is recognised as a leader in the fields of photonics and electronics research. As a result, it is ideally positioned to be a leader in deep-tech – an important and expanding field of technology based on tangible engineering innovations and scientific advances. In collaboration with its industry partners, Tyndall is focused on ensuring that Ireland is a recognised centre for the research of Quantum Technologies. This is an important emerging market which will fundamentally change computing, communications and data security and is projected to be worth trillions of dollars in the coming decades. Tyndall’s research will be at the heart of the physical systems required to realise this technology shift.
Speaking at the launch event in Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Tyndall CEO, Professor William Scanlon, said
“Tyndall 2025 will significantly change the way in which we approach our work. We will ensure that the output of our research is focused on societal as well as economic benefits. There are major societal challenges impacting the lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world and we have the power and, indeed, the responsibility to make a difference.”
“The next five years will see us significantly develop our global presence and influence, enhance our long-term industry partnerships, invest in our talent to equip future leaders with a wide range of transferrable skills, and continue to explore new research fields”, Professor Scanlon added.
Rudy Lauwereins, Vice President and Director of Smart Systems Technology at imec, said
“I am privileged to have been invited here to mark what is a very momentous day. This facility embodies everything that a global research centre should aspire to; a track record of research excellence, in addition to strong ties to industry. The launch of this five-year strategy will ensure that Tyndall continues to be at the cutting edge of deep-tech innovation and research for many years to come.”
Crucial to the strategy, is a strengthening of Tyndall’s industry partnerships. The long-term, strategic partnership that exists between Tyndall and Analog Devices, a global semiconductor company, illustrates Tyndall’s position as a partner of choice for global enterprises.
Speaking at today’s event, Denis Doyle, Vice-President and General Manager at Analog Devices, spoke about Tyndall’s vital role in partnering with industry.
“Tyndall delivers a substantial impact, consistently delivering agenda-setting research for its global partners and, by fostering a culture of entrepreneurship, contributing to the talent pipeline which will supply Ireland’s future innovation leaders.”