Research, Innovation & Engagement

Dr. Chris O’Malley

The VP for Research, Innovation & Engagement is a member of the  Executive Committee of the Institute with Institute-wide responsibility for research, innovation and engagement with industry and the community.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overall leadership of IT Sligo’s research, innovation and external engagement activities
  • Designing the organisation of, and managing the Research, Innovation and Engagement team and support structures.
  • Developing supports for graduate studies and research active staff to achieve the best outcomes from their research.
  • Providing intellectual and financial sustainability of the Institute’s research base and for research management and administration of externally sponsored research.
  • Developing Enterprise Linkages to encourage graduates with an innovative business idea to establish and run their own companies
  • Coordinating the development and submission of high quality and strategically aligned research, innovation and engagement proposals.
  • Promotion of IT Sligo’s research, innovation and engagement activities, and the impact in the region.
  • Managing IT Sligo’s intellectual property, knowledge transfer processes, and the commercialisation of IT Sligo innovations and developing structures to identity potential invention disclosures.
  • Drafting and negotiating awards, contracts, confidentiality agreements.
  • Managing the Incubation Centre(s) in support of entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs – in particular driving the HPSU agenda – including the New Frontiers and other such training programmes.
  • Supporting the development of spin-outs from applied research within IT Sligo.
  • Managing alumni relationships.
  • Developing sponsorship and fundraising.
2019/20 Fulltime Prospectus IT Sligo