Mapping UCC research to the SDGs

30 Mar 2022

What is the project?

As committed to under Action 2.1.2. of UCC 2022: Delivering a Connected University, work is now underway to map UCC research onto the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This project has three main phases, as outlined below.  

How does university research contribute to the SDGs?

University research has an essential role to play in terms of achieving the SDGs on a national and global scale by 2030. Researchers embody SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals, collaborating with other researchers around the world on matters impacting sustainable development. Through their extensive research work, universities develop the knowledge, solutions and innovations to support achieving the goals. The research community resolves complex social, environmental and economic challenges by combining different knowledge and disciplines in research projects. As the SDGs are interconnected and dependent on each other, this integration of knowledge from different areas of expertise is essential. The research community also supports the implementation of the SDGs on a local and national level, collaborating with industry, government, communities, private sector bodies, and NGOs, to achieve the goals.

SDGs workshops for researchers

Direct engagement with the research community about the SDGs is essential to the success of this project. A workshop is currently in development to be rolled out to researchers in the coming months.  

The main objectives of the workshop are to:

  • Increase general awareness of the SDGs.
  • Inform about the benefits of aligning research with the SDGs, including funding and collaboration opportunities.
  • Offer an opportunity to map research in person.
  • Provide a forum for open discussion about the SDGs in research.

We look forward to seeing many of you at the sessions. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email