TU Dublin, The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS), National College of Ireland (NCI), and Institute of Art, Design + Technology (IADT) comprise the Dublin Region Innovation Consortium (DRIC) which is funded by Enterprise Ireland to maximise the impact of research in each of the institutions. TU Dublin Hothouse is the lead partner for DRIC.
DRIC members run a series of events and training workshops on intellectual property, commercialisation, licences, invention disclosure competitions while providing advice and support from licensing executives who work on behalf of the member institutes.
DRIC assists in commercialising leading-edge research in the Dublin area, winning several high-profile technology transfer licences. Several start-ups were created as a direct result of the assistance from the Consortium and the member institutes.