Getting Started

Getting Started

The Research Office is a one stop shop for information on getting started in research supervision or professional research activities. The Code of Practice describes in full the research environment, processes and procedures.

Listed below are the different types of research activities that may be conducted here in IT Sligo.

Academic research leading to a higher degree 

Students may register to undertake research degrees at IT, Sligo, on a full-time or part-time basis.  The awards are made by QQI or the Institute, depending on the subject area. These projects may be funded or unfunded.

Students registered or working at external institutions 

Students registered at IT, Sligo may undertake research at another institution or industry

Commercial research leading to a higher degree 

A researcher may identify a commercial partner as the primary funding agent to help fund research towards a higher degree (i.e., excepting schemes, such as the Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership Scheme, where a commercial partner funds part of a project,).  “Commercial” refers to any body, profit making, non-profit, industry or government with which a researcher has a contractual financial agreement (non-grant).

Non-commercial staff research

Non-commercial staff research refers to any independent or collaborative research undertaken by staff for their own professional development.  This type of research may be funded through public grant schemes or may be unfunded

Funded research not leading to a higher degree

Staff or management of the Institute may enter into agreements with a commercial partner (non-grant), and/or other funding agencies (grant) to carry out commercial or contract research, either by the staff member, or by hiring research assistants.

Post-doctoral research fellowships

Post-doctoral research fellowships are awarded as paid research contracts in order to encourage and facilitate exceptional researchers or individuals who want to pursue a career in research.  Post-doctoral Research Fellows give credibility and experience to research teams.  They are career researchers, seen as experts in their field whose knowledge and expertise is sought after.  They facilitate access to new and larger research programmes and therefore larger funding schemes.