Research Themes, Institutes and Centres

Research Themes

Research Themes:

UCC is a globally-oriented, research-led university that focuses on the challenges and opportunities that are shaping the future of our nation and the wider world. We prioritise research in areas that are recognised as significant at the highest international levels, thus creating real impact and uptake in the community beyond the institution.

Recognising that the foremost global challenges require interdisciplinary solutions, we target areas of major opportunity where UCC has the expertise, the infrastructure and the network to lead internationally. Interdisciplinary thematic areas in which UCC has excellence, scale and network to deliver significant impact include the following priorities, which are subject to regular review and the addition of new themes based on excellence and opportunity.

a. Chronic and Infectious Diseases
b. Creative & Engaged Citizenship
c. Financial & Business Services
d. Human Health, Activity & Social Wellbeing across the Lifespan
e. Food & Health
f. Future & Emerging Technologies
g. Gender, Equality & Diversity
h. Culture, Rights, Identities & Society
i. Sustainability & Climate Action
j. Innovation in Teaching & Learning

Institutes & Centres

University College Cork (UCC) is an internationally competitive, research-led University that plays a key role in the development of Ireland’s knowledge-based economy. The University research strategy is focused on creating major centres of excellence for world-class research and is closely aligned with key relevant Government and European Commission policies.

Success in the implementation of this strategy is evidenced by the large number of successful Centres, Institutes and Units that engage in research activity in UCC.

A full list of all UCC Centres, Institutes and Units is provided below, arranged by affiliated College as per the University Policy on the Governance of Research Institutes, Centres and Units ( Please follow the links for more information.

Science, Engineering & Food Science

Institutes & Centres

Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility

Biomerit Research Centre

Biosciences Institute

Boole Centre for Research in Informatics

Cancer Biology at UCC

Centre for Efficiency-Oriented Languages

Centre for Research into Atmospheric Chemistry

Centre for Synthetic Biology & Biotechnology

Centre for Unified Computing

Cleaner Production Promotion Unit

Cork Centre for Vitamin D and Nutrition Research

Cork Constraint Computation Centre (part of Insight)

Dairy Processing Technology Centre

Food for Health Ireland

Food Industry Training Unit

Forest Ecology Research Group

Food Institute

Informatics Research Unit in Sustainable Engineering

Information and Communication Technology for Sustainable and Optimised Building Operation

Insight — Centre for Data Analytics

Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster (in partnership with CIT and the Irish Naval Service)   

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Technology Centre 

Centre for Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI)

Environmental Research Institute (ERI)

UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre 

Aquatic Services Unit

Aquaculture & Fisheries Development Centre

Coastal and Marine Research Centre (part of MaREI)

Hydraulic & Maritime Research Centre (part of MaREI)

Medicine & Health

Institutes & Centres
APC Microbiome Institute
ASSERT for Health Centre
BioSciences Institute
BioSciences Imaging Centre 
Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation
Centre for Research in Vascular Biology
Cork Breast Research Group
Cork NeuroScience Group
European Centre for Clinical Trials in Rare Diseases
HRB Centre for Health & Diet Research
HRB Clinical Research Facility at UCC
Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research
National Adult Nutrition Survey
National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre
Oral Health Services Research Centre 
Parkinson's Disease Research Cluster

Business & Law

Institutes & Centres
Centre for Co-operative Studies
Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights 
Centre for Investment Research
Centre for Law and the Environment
Centre for Local and Regional Governance
Centre for Policy Studies
Centre for Resilience & Business Continuity
Centre for Security Management
Centre for Sustainable Livelihoods
Financial Services Innovation Centre
Governance, Risk and Compliance Technology Centre
Health Information Systems Research Centre
Competitiveness Institute
The Keynes Centre

Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences

Institutes & Centres
CELT - Electronic Corpus of Irish Literature & History
Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages & Literatures
Centre for Mexican Studies
Centre for Neo-Latin Studies
Centre for Planning Education and Research
Centre for the Study of the Moral Foundations of Economy and Society
Cork Folklore Project
Human Factors Research Group 
Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century
Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Performance and Theatre Practices
Irish Centre for Galician Studies
Irish Institute for Chinese Studies
Irish Institute for Japanese Studies
Irish Institute for Korean Studies
Irish National Institute for Historical Research
LOCUS – Irish Placenames and Title Names
MEWSC — Marginalised and Endangered World-Views Study Centre
Multitext Project

Tyndall National Institute

Institutes & Centres
Tyndall National Institute
Collaborative Centre for Applied Nanotechnology
International Energy Research Centre
Irish Photonic Integration Centre (I-PIC)
Microelectronic Circuits Centre Ireland
Photonic Integration From Atoms to Systems (SRC)

Research and Innovation

Taighde agus Nuálaíocht

Office of Vice President for Research & Innovation 4th Floor Block E, Food Science Building UCC