Original and creative use of the results of research and scholarship presents exciting opportunities across all disciplines in the university. Societal gain from research and scholarship takes many forms, including contributions to artistic and cultural life, and the commercial exploitation of ideas for creating employment. We value innovation as an integral component of the university's activities, alongside teaching and research.
In the College Strategic Plan 2009-14, an innovation strategy is outlined, where the College aspires to:
- afford new opportunities to our staff and students to translate their ideas so that they deliver the broadest possible social benefit and so that everyone gains from the outcomes of our research.
- embrace the open access concept to ensure that the College's research outcomes are available to the widest possible global audience.
- move from intellectual property capture to new venture creation and scaling.
- foster an internationally positive environment for industry-academic engagement in research programmes, thus positioning Trinity as a partner of choice for open innovation.
- promote the concept of Dublin as a university city in partnership with other like-minded institutions in the city.
Entrepreneurship and enterprise
Trinity has given rise to major spin-out ventures such as Iona Technologies, Machine Vision Technologies, Opsona Therapeutics, IdentiGEN, Eblana Photonics, and Havok, and we have fostered partnerships with leading multinationals such as Glaxo-SmithKline, IBM, Intel and Microsoft on research and development programmes of mutual benefit. College's strategy for the next five years is based on the belief that yet further leadership is required, and it is our intention to build on our achievement through the next strategic cycle by adopting an open innovation culture throughout the institution, positioning Trinity as a place where it is easy to do business both in research and in the commercialisation of research. We will make the transition from a focus on intellectual property capture to intellectual property utility and will explore how best to create real value in all our knowledge transfer engagements, for Trinity, for our partners, and for society.