Translating research

Ireland“Under DCU’s last strategic plan, and also under its new plan that will be published shortly, the university commits itself to giving special support to ‘translational research’. This concept originally came from medicine, but has more recently been applied increasingly to other fields also. Broadly it means that the research undertaken should have the capacity to be used in practical contexts to support social, business, health or other needs. We have supported and developed the concept in particular because we are aware that the taxpayer, having made a major investment in university research, is expecting this to have an impact and to make a visible difference to society. On the other hand, the academic profession has also maintained its historic commitment to basic or pure research, which is conducted at least initially for its own sake rather than because an application for it can be envisaged …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 14 April]

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