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The School of Engineering accommodates a wide range of research interests, with much of the activity spanning the three departments. The research conducted within the School is diverse and includes mathematical modelling and experimental measurement-based work. Much of the work is collaborative with other Schools in College and with national and international partners. Several research groups are recognised as international leaders in their fields; these groups are active in areas such as bioengineering; digital media; energy, transport and the environment; and telecommunications.


There are currently three research centres located within the School, the Trinity Centre for BioEngineering (TCBE), the Centre for Transport Research and Innovation (TRIP) and TrinityHaus. Staff from the School of Engineering also contribute significantly to CONNECT (the research centre for future networks and communications), the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN) and the Trinity Consortium on Ageing.

External funding for research is provided from a wide range of sources, including the EU framework programmes, Science Foundation Ireland (Research Frontiers and CSET programmes), HEA (PRTLI programme), Health Research Board, Enterprise Ireland , IRCSET and the Environmental Protection Agency. Around 25 postdoctoral fellows and 120 graduate research students are currently involved in research in the School. Collectively, staff have published over 1,000 academic research papers over the last five years, shared between international, peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.

The School has been increasing its rate of publication in high impact journals in recent years and this trend is expected to continue and increase. A number of academic staff act as editors or on the editorial boards of international, peer-reviewed journals and several contribute to the organisation of international conferences or to the assessment of research in other academic institutions and of research grant applications.

With an annual research income of nearly €5m, the School is the most successful in the country, as is recognised by its ranking in the world’s top 100.


All researchers are required to conduct their research to the highest ethical standards and each individual researcher is responsible for ensuring good ethical practice. The School of Engineering Research Ethics Committee has been set up to assist and provide guidance in this process.

When ethical approval is required

Ethical approval should be obtained for all research projects and activities undertaken by staff or students that involves human subjects and participants; collection of personal data; animals; human biological material or genetically-modified organisms.

Which panel to apply to

The School Research Ethics Committee will be able to comment on the majority of applications. However in some instances it may be necessary to obtain higher level approval:

  • Level 1 Approval – for applications which involve low levels of risk, and do not involve vulnerable participants. Applications should be submitted to the School Research Ethics Committee
  • Level 2 Approval – for applications which involve higher levels of risk, including applications involving vulnerable participants, clinical patients, human tissue etc. Applications should be submitted either to a Research Committee within the Faculty of Health Sciences.

If you are unsure which committee is appropriate for the work to be undertaken please contact Patrick Lansley (

How to apply

Please contact Patrick Lansley ( for details on how to apply.



For further information on research in each department, see: