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The FOCAS Research Institute, TU Dublin, was established under the Higher Education Authority Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions, Cycle 1 (1999-2001), co-funded by the EU.

The facilities were consolidated under PRTLI Cycle 4 (2007-2013), co-funded by the EU Regional Development Fund, through the Integrated NanoScience Platform for Ireland and the National Bophotonics and Imaging Platform, Ireland.
The FOCAS Research Institute is now a 3200m2 facility in the heart of in Dublin city centre.
It provides state of the art core laboratory support in microscopy and spectroscopy for a range of research groups and activities.
The facility addresses the common needs of research activities in Science and Engineering, and is founded on established expertise within the University and aims to consolidate and develop this expertise, while nurturing developing research activities within TU Dublin.
Thus, it promotes interdisciplinary collaborations within the University and with other national and international bodies, and provides a support service for national industry. It furthermore underpins postgraduate research as well as undergraduate project work and undergraduate and postgraduate course curriculum development.
The FOCAS Research Institute houses an unrivalled suite of instrumentation for the following:
The FOCAS Research Institute contributes strongly to the development of self-sustaining research teams in a number of strategic areas, such as: 
  • Future Networks and Communications
  • Data Analytics, Management, Security and Privacy
  • Digital Platforms, Content and Applications
  • Connected Health and Independent Living
  • Medical Devices
  • Diagnostics
  • Therapeutics - Synthesis, Formulation, Processing and Drug Delivery
  • Food for Health

The FOCAS Research Institute is a one-stop-shop for characterisation of materials and processes and operates an open access policy with expert technical and scientific support.
For further details on accessing the expertise and the facilities please contact: