Research Institutes are established in DIT when research excellence of a sufficiently high standard is demonstrated using the metrices set out in DIT's policy for designation of R&D centres and institutes.
An Institute houses several research centres and researchers associated with more than one faculty.
DIT's Focas Research Institute - pictured left - was established under the Higher Education Authority Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions Cycle 1.
The Institute provides a common, core facility and equipment for research activities in science and engineering. It has received further significant funding under PRTLI Cycle 4 as part of the multi-institutional National Biophotonics and Imaging Platform, Ireland (NBIPI) and the Integrated NanoSciences Platform for Ireland (INSPIRE) and has established significant links with key researchers in Universities and research centres across Europe.
Focas Research Institute contributes strongly to the development of self-sustaining research teams in a number of strategic areas, such as bio- and nano-technologies. It underpins postgraduate research, undergraduate project work and undergraduate and postgraduate course curriculum development. The Institute houses state of the art core laboratory space and provides administrative and technical support to more than 120 staff and students who work in research centres such as CREST (Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology), RESC (Radiation and Environmental Science) and (IEO) Industrial and Engineering Optics.
The Environmental Sustainability & Health Institute (ESHI) is a dedicated research institute for inter-disciplinary environmental health sciences research. It integrates scientific and technical expertise with planning, policy and regulatory capability and relevant industry partners to bridge the science-policy-innovation gap. The overarching mission and vision is to achieve "Healthier Lives for Children, the Elderly and Vulnerable Populations".
The inter-disciplinary research teams pursue seven specific areas of research focus: Lifestyle & Policy; Water Quality; Air Quality; Radiation & Noise; Bio-monitoring; Energy; and Food Safety & Quality.