The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is responsible for supporting and developing the university’s innovative activity. The TTO's primary mission is the commercialisation of the university's expertise for the benefit of UL and the wider community.

This is delivered through: promoting and supporting the initiation, growth and development of campus companies facilitating and strengthening research and partnering contacts with industry developing the university's intellectual property working with the development agencies to enhance the competitive position of existing industry in the mid-west, and to attract mobile investment to this region.

Services provided by UL's Technology Transfer Office include:

  • Facilitating University-industry research collaborations
  • Support inward investment in the mid-west regions
  • Enabling knowledge transfer to industry  and society
  • Commercialising University of Limerick Intellectual Property
  • Facilitating new campus company formation and development
  • Providing support for  new high potential start-up businesses at the Nexus Innovation Centre
  • Negotiating and drafting research agreements for industry engagement with UL.

The University of Limerick has an established reputation for being Ireland's leading university in industry-led research. This has resulted in significant research commercialisation activities and collaboration between our leading researchers and industry. All of our key research indicators are showing strong growth, with increases in research applications, research income, postgraduate numbers and commercialisation activities complementing the strong gains in research outputs.


Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) works with business, investors, higher education institutes, state research organisations, research funders and government agencies to facilitate the transfer of state-funded technology, ideas and expertise to businesses to drive innovation. The KTI website provides additional information on funding available and what to expect when engaging with a higher education institute such as the University of Limerick.

The National Intellectual Property Protocol provides a guide to transferring government-funded research from universities and other state-funded Organisations to industry.

UL operates by the guidelines set down in the UL Intellectual Property Policy

Limerick Technology Transfer Consortium

UL Technology Transfer Office has partnered with Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) to form the Limerick Technology Transfer Consortium. The aim of the Consortium is share technology transfer resources and expertise to deliver a professional and responsive service to Industry, spin out companies and our academic communities. 

The consortium will increase Industry engagement with its members and provide enhanced support for existing and new companies.  This is facilitated by a consistent approach across the Consortium to the delivery of services such as technology transfer, research collaboration and licencing of intellectual property. 
For more information on the Limerick Consortium please  contact: Dr. Joan O’Sullivan.


Paul Dillion Director, Technology Transfer Office 

Paul is responsible for knowledge transfer and enterprises support policy, services and processes within the Office of Vice President Research. These include; facilitation of university-industry research collaboration, knowledge transfer, intellectual property management, technology transfer and licensing, enterprise development, campus company formation, research contract negotiations, and the development and administration of appropriate support services and quality assurance systems. He is a Registered Technology Transfer Professional with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from TCD and a Masters in Technology from UL.