The Athlone Institute of Technology has been awarded more than €1.1m in Enterprise Ireland funding for the purchase of specialist equipment for its two technology gateways.
These two groups include Applied Polymer Technologies (APT) and Connected Media Application Design and Delivery (COMAND).
APT, which develops polymer technology solutions for companies in the medical, composite, recycling and pharma sectors, has been awarded approx. €973,000.
This will be used to purchase seven specialised pieces of equipment, including a 3D scanner, micro moulder and free-former machine – reported to the be the first of its kind in the Republic of Ireland.
The balance of the investment (approx. €164,000) will see COMAND purchase a distributed machine learning and analytics tool.
The investment will help the two gateway groups to provide ‘world-class consultancy to companies and [help] them execute their technological road maps’.
“Receiving this funding is a huge endorsement of the work that we’re doing and will enable us to support companies interested in trying out new technologies and techniques, all of which will enable their own innovation agendas,” said Dr. Noel Gately, APT Technology Gateway Manager.
AIT is one of 10 higher education institutes to have secured capital funding under the €6m Technology Gateway Network fund. This aims to increase the levels of interactions between the technological higher education sector and industry.
Announcing the funding, minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD said: “The successful applicants announced today are housing research projects and initiatives that are at the cutting edge of innovation and I am confident that they have the potential to make a real and lasting impact on enterprise development at both a regional and national level.”