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Ireland AI research institute offers royalty-free licenses to help advance COVID-19 solutions

By David Schwartz
Published: May 5th, 2020

CeADAR, Ireland’s Center for Applied AI, is offering royalty-free technology licenses to companies developing innovative COVID-19 solutions.

CeADAR is a partnership between University College Dublin (UCD) and TU Dublin. The aim of the new KTI COVID-19 Non-Exclusive Royalty-Free (NERF) license is to accelerate the spread of virus-relevant intellectual property from Irish universities and research centers to companies for more rapid commercialization. The CeADAR technologies available under the NERF license are in the broad areas of AI, data analytics and machine learning.

“At CeADAR, we want to play our part in helping companies and industry who are engaged in R&D activities to address challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Edward McDonnell, director of CeADAR. “These demonstrator projects were not developed with COVID-19 in mind and will need to be reworked once use cases have been identified by industry, and we can also support industry in this regard with our technical expertise and knowledge.”

CeADAR will work with NovaUCD and TU Dublin Hothouse, the tech transfer arms of the partner universities, to execute the NERF license agreements with companies.

Paul Maguire, head of innovation and enterprise at TU Dublin Hothouse, comments, “Hothouse and TU Dublin CeADAR researchers are delighted to support any company wishing to evaluate CeADAR [innovations] in light of helping the global fight against COVID-19. We are ready, willing and able to play our part to help overcome the effects of this virus, and get life back to normal as soon as possible.” Source:,492849,en.html

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