Past and Recent Research Projects


NITL Externally Funded Research Projects

The following are the main funded research projects which have been undertaken by NITL since 1998.


  • Island of Ireland Freight Transport Requirements

The project aim was to provide InterTradeIreland with a clear picture of how the freight transport and logistic sectors work across the island at present and of how their needs are likely to evolve in the future.


  • DIT Grangegorman Transport Requirements

As a follow-on from NITL’s initial travel survey project where current travel trends, such as transport mode split, arrival time, distance to travel or frequency of travel, were established from a total of 2,184 staff/student responses, NITL completed a GIS-based cluster analysis to identify general areas in which DIT staff travel from.


  • SME Collaborate 

The aim of SME Collaborate was to develop a methodology for effective collaboration between SMEs. NITL was responsible for delivering the appropriate learning accreditation and course documentation. The project was managed by Supply Network Shannon (SNS). For further information see



This project aimed to raise the standard of a wide community of businesses in the use of information communication technology (ICT) in the southern part of Ireland and Wales. The project took place over a three year period under INTERREG IIIA. NITL’s role involved a detailed learning needs analysis in the port communities under study. For more information see


  • SIMCT 

The aim of this project was to better understand the dynamics of outsourcing of SC activities by firms in the Ireland. It resulted in the development of the SIMCT simulation tool. The project was funded by EI under the commercialisation fund and was managed by the Enterprise Research Centre, University of Limerick


  • SCM Outreach 

The aim of this project was the identify appropriate SCM interventions in a range of EI client companies and to evaluate their effectiveness. Approximately 20 companies participated.


  • Logistics Capability of Indigenous Firms

The aim of this project was to assess the ‘logistics capabilities of EI client companies. The ‘SCM capability study’ (2005/6) was a follow up from this study.  The full report is available to download here Competitive Challenges Chain Reactions


  • ICT Usage in SCM 

This project aimed to identify critical success factors and inhibitors to success in relation to the adoption of SCM ICT solutions.


NITL Funded Research Projects

A number of other major projects have been carried out using NITL’s own resources, notably:

  • Dublin Airport logistics/access study 
  • Dublin Port Tunnel height impact study
  • SCM capability study 

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