Research @ CoLab

CoLab has become a hub for academic, transdisciplinary and translational research thanks to it’s collocation with LYIT.

One of the benefits of basing your new or growing business in the CoLab is our strong connection with LYIT. Several PhD researchers are based on the CoLab along with the Wisar and The Bryden Centre research groups.

Find out more about the strong research ethos at LYIT.

Collaborate with LYIT

There are many opportunities to Collaborate with our partner institution — Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Thanks to their strong research ethos and links to industry and local business, LYIT are a key asset to your business.

Find our more about how LYIT can help your new or growing business.

Research & Innovation Funding

There are number of supports available to help your business with research and innovation.

Innovation Vouchers, Skillnets and other supports

LYIT has long fostered a culture of collaborative innovation between the Institute and a network of regional industries and businesses. Via the CoLab, the Development Office provides advice and access to a wide range of funding sources that support such collaborations between companies and academics.

Innovation Vouchers

One of these initiatives is Innovation Vouchers. The Innovation Voucher was developed to build links between higher education institutes, such as LYIT, and small businesses, with innovation vouchers worth €5,000 available to assist SME companies to explore a business opportunity – and as part of that exploration to be able to draw on the expertise and specialist resources of the Institute.


Other supports include Skillnets. This is a network of 40 member compaies based in Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim. Funded by Skillnets Ltd., it is managed bty LYIT and focuses on technology based business.

Who should take part:

  • Any employees in a private business based in Donegal, Sligo or Leitrim.
  • Managers, supervisors, owners and staff at all levels.
  • Anyone with training needs.
  • Entrepreneurs and people who are starting their own business.
  • Business people interested in networking.
  • Unemployed people who are interested in availing of free training. 

What it can do for you:

  • Subsidise the cost of training for your employees.
  • Organise training that you are interested in.
  • Arrange training in Donegal, Sligo or Leitrim at times and venues that suit you.
  • Allow you to meet like minded people at training and networking events. 

To learn more about each of these supports you can visit their dedicated websites and contact Patsy Donaghy, CoLab Manager at / or +353 (0)74 918 6703

WiSAR Labs

The Wireless Sensor and Applied Research Lab (WiSAR Lab) develop products and industry solutions using expertise in Wireless, Embedded Systems and related software. 

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WiSAR is based in Letterkenny Institute of Technology and is part of the Technology Gateway Network, a nationwide resource for industry delivering solutions on near to market problems for industrial partners.

WiSAR’s core strengths are applied to three research strands: The Internet of Things (IoT), Health Monitoring and Industrial Control enabling the delivery of a wide range of product and system solutions across a number of market sectors including manufacturing, health, leisure, agriculture and ICT.

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The Bryden Centre

The Bryden Centre for Advanced Marine & Bio-Energy Research is a virtual centre of competence that supports cross-border research into biomass and marine-based renewable energy sources.

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What is the Bryden Centre?

The Bryden Centre for Advanced Marine and Bio-Energy Research is an industrial doctoral research centre focusing on supporting the development of the renewable energy sector. Marine and Bio-Energy are the main focus of the centre, but we have expertise on all aspects of green energy generation where a major impact can be made on the region. The Bryden Centre is a cross border ‘virtual centre of competence’ that actively supports industry-led collaborative research on an inter-regional basis. The Centre is funded by the EU’s INTERREG VA and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

The Bryden Centre, led by Queen’s University was established in June 2017 following an award of €9,367,401. The partners involve five higher education and research Institutions, which along with Queen’s University are Letterkenny Institute of Technology, University of the Highlands and Islands, Ulster University and the Agri-Food Biosciences Institute. Two local authority partners are involved: Donegal County Council and Dumfries and Galloway County Council. The Bryden Centre aims to promote economic growth, social and environmental benefits as well as territorial cohesion across the Interreg area of the border counties of Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Western Scotland.

The Bryden Centre has currently recruited 31 PhD students and five post-doctoral researchers located in the partner institutes across the inter-regional area. The students and researchers work on a range of projects directly focused on challenges in the renewable energy sector. All students work directly with industry and other stakeholders to produce industrially relevant research with the potential for commercial exploitation and resulting economic growth within the region.

For further information:

The Bryden Centre


DICE (Design, Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship) is a hybrid network of researchers and pioneers who connect dots and create opportunities for innovation and change.

The Business School at LYIT has a varied mix disciplines which gives a hybrid perspective on the world. Paradoxically diversity and divergence in our vision/understanding are key to making sense of the world we live in today, where we face seismic advancements in technologies and the 4th industrial revolution. This hybrid mix straddles an interpretation of the 21st century through cultural, social and learning prisms coupled with our mix of innovation and research expertise for all the challenges the 21st century presents.


  • Digital & Marketing Futures
  • Operations & Services Futures
  • Leading Innovation &  Entrepreneurial Futures
  • Learning & Skills Futures
  • Human Performance Futures
  • Social Change Futures


  • Market & Social Science Research
  • Consumer Profiling & Marketing
  • Operations & Supply Chain Management
  • Innovation Roadmaps & Processes
  • UX (User Experience) & Design Thinking
  • Leadership & Organisational Learning
  • AR/VR & Emerging Technologies
  • Social Change & Transformation

For information on working with the LYIT School of Business DICE team:

Technology Gateway

15 centres of R&D excellence working with industry

The Technology Gateway Network is run by Enterprise Ireland in partnership with Institutes of Technology – successfully delivering expertise and solutions for industrial partners in a time scale that industry expects.

How the Technology Gateway can help your business

With Technology Gateway you can leverage the expertise of over 300 industry-focused researchers with specialist equipment and facilities in Institutes of Technology. Since 2013, over 1,500 Irish companies have used the Technology Gateway Network, completing more than 3,200 innovation projects. Key technology areas include expertise across polymers, photonics, biotech, pharmaceuticals, mechatronics, embedded solutions and wireless services.

For further information:


Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, and gain experience abroad.

Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn’t just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.

Detailed information on these opportunities, including eligibility criteria, is available in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. An indicative funding guide for some centralised opportunities is also available.

Erasmus+ has opportunities for a wide range of organisations, including universities, education and training providers, think-tanks, research organisations, and private businesses.

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