Technology Gateway Network

The Technology Gateway ( network is run by Enterprise Ireland in partnership with 11 Institutes of Technologies nationwide. It provides close-to-market technology solutions that allow companies to develop new products, processes and services by leveraging the research expertise available within each Institute of Technology.

Each Gateway offers specialised expertise and provides innovative technology solutions aligned to individual industry needs. The Technology Gateway network is also home to three unique clusters which optimise the skills, knowledge and experience available.


EMD Ireland Technology Gateway Cluster

Established in 2016, EMD Ireland is a cluster of six Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways operating within the engineering, materials and design sector. The cluster provides a range of expertise for companies who are looking to access research and development within these areas. The cluster can connect with over 300 industry researchers in areas such as Precision Engineering, Biotechnology, Polymers, Protective Coatings, Prototype Design, Medical Imaging Technologies and 3D Medal Additive Manufacturing.

EMD Ireland Technology Gateway cluster consists of APT- Applied Polymer technologies; CREST  – Innovative Coatings; Design+ – Applied Industrial Design; MET- Medical & Engineering Technologies; PEM – Precision Engineering & Manufacturing; SEAM – Materials Engineering


Food and Beverage Cluster

Design+ is also part of the Food & Beverages Group of Technology Gateways, partnering with PMBRC WIT, MiCRA IT Tallaght, Shannon ABC IT Tralee, Limerick IT, CAPPA CIT and APT AIT.



Design+ provides businesses with opportunities to increase productivity and create value in products and services in both traditional and emerging sectors. Through R&D Design+ supports companies in creating intuitive products and sustainable solutions providing differentiation and strengthening competitiveness, new product and service development and business solutions that lead to long-term commercial viability, and growth and maximises return on investment.

Design+ use a collective approach bringing disciplinary knowledge and skills from Design, Engineering, Biosciences and Information Communication Technologies to achieve the best outcome for industry.