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Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT)

Address: Dublin Road, Athlone, Co Westmeath, Ireland

Phone: + 353 (0)90 646 8000

Email: pkilleen@ait.ie

Intellectual capital is now the primary driver of growth in this twenty-first century and will underpin Ireland's future prosperity. In addition, it is clearly accepted that strong economic regions are the backbone of national prosperity. AIT, as one of Ireland's key higher education institutions and the only such institution in the Midlands Gateway, will play a central role in Ireland's development through its world class education, research and innovation programmes.

AIT's research strategy elaborated within its 2009-2013 strategic plan represents a significant and concerted response from the institute and its regional partners, towards building regional competitiveness and innovation capacity in the Midlands, leveraging to maximum benefit the potential of a number of parallel initiatives. It has as an overriding goal, the scale-up of both the institutional and regional research capability and innovative capacity. Key initiatives within AIT's research strategy include the underpinning and support of strategic research activities aligned with the strengths of regional and national priorities, the development of three focused research institutes in Materials (MRI), Biosciences (BRI) and Software (SRI), the development of joint research initiatives with HEIs in Ireland and internationally, and the creation of a new Research Campus in collaboration with key regional and international stakeholders.

SOFTWARE RESEARCH INSTITUTE (SRI) http://sri.ait.ie/

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