Research Areas & Centres

Letterkenny Institute of Technology’s Research Strategy 2015/16 - 2019/20 confirms its significant national profile for excellence in higher education through the pursuit of an ambitious research development agenda informed by public policy, strong regional engagement, and a fundamental commitment to a student-centred ethos. 

The core of the LYIT Research Strategy is to contribute to this mission by creating a research and development environment that brings researchers and students together with start-ups, regional industries and local communities. 

Our Research Strategy responds to four key drivers: 

  • The desire to (re)commit to educational excellence at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 
  • The imperative to deliver knowledge based benefits to the North West Region of Ireland. 
  • The need to support ongoing academic enterprise and business incubation initiatives. 
  • The desire to disseminate research findings at international conferences and in peer reviewed journals. 

Current Research Projects


  1. WiSAR (Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateway)
    The WiSAR Lab is a wireless and embedded systems group that provides electrical and electronic solutions for established companies and technology start-ups throughout Ireland.
  2. NW Centre for Advanced Manufacturing (Interreg V)
    The North West Centre for Advanced Manufacturing (NW CAM) is a new trans-regional centre for the research and development of innovative solutions. 
  3. Bryden Centre, Renewable Energy (Interreg V)
    The Bryden Centre creates a ‘virtual centre of competence’ that will support cross-border research into biomass and marine-based renewable energy sources. 
  4. Centre for Personalised Medicine (Interreg V)
    The Centre for Personalised Medicine brings together a total of 14 partners from academia, health services and industry to create the environment needed for personalised medicine  
  5. SMARTrenew
    SMARTrenew is a project which spans across 6 areas within the Northern Periphery and Arctic region, wherein there is varying levels of renewable maturity and diverse climatic environments. There are 8 organisations involved in this project including academic, research, local authority, SME and National Energy Organisations, with complementary experience, knowledge and competence in renewable energy sources and storage solutions.
  6. Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 
    1. Design, Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship (DICE) Innovation Academy
      DICE is the School of Business at LYIT’s Research Centre that aims to spark a discussion on the value of creativity and design to both business and society.
    2. RESTART Communities (Erasmus+)
      Restart Communities will work with community leaders to provide them with the knowledge, tools and collective learning spaces required to catalyse community investment and regeneration.
    3. TAOIDE, Ocean Energy (Horizon 2020)
      The TAOIDE project is developing a fully-integrated generator to grid energy delivery system with high reliability and availability, suitable for use in multiple architectures of marine renewable energy systems.
    4. Generation Data 
      Generation Data is an Erasmus Plus funded project which aims to improve the ability of HEI education providers to understand and teach smart data skills, thus providing Students, early stage entrepreneurs and businesses with more relevant, effective training.
    5. Digital Wellbeing Educators  
      Digital Wellbeing Educators is funded by Erasmus Plus and aims to increase the capacity of lecturers and teachers to integrate digital education in a way that promotes the digital wellbeing of students.
    6. VET Wind II
      VET Wind II is a relatively small research project funded by Erasmus Plus.  The project is examining if there is a need by the offshore wind energy sector for harmonisation of education around offshore wind energy technicians.