Since taking its place in the Stokes Building in 2002, the National Centre for Sensor Research (NCSR) has attracted national and international researchers, partners, and funders, and has been the home for productive interdisciplinary collaboration. The University has leveraged the Centre's infrastructure and human capital to attract more funding, translate research findings into real-world applications, and further its mission to "transform lives and societies." Emboldened by the investment, the University has gone on to produce industry-ready graduates, and in 2015 it placed 75th in the Times Higher Education ranking of the world's top universities aged less than 50 years.

The NCSR was one of many successful projects that inspired additional cycles of the PRTLI. On a broader scale, Atlantic support was leveraged through PRTLI's deep investments in research infrastructure across Ireland's seven universities, attracting financial and human capital from outside the nation to help create a strong knowledge economy. Today, the Republic of Ireland is consistently ranked among the world's top 20 countries in research output according to the Irish Universities Association.

This case study, which features the National Centre for Sensor Research housed within the Stokes Building, is based on research conducted by MASS Design Group in July 2015. Funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, this case illustrates how capital projects can enable new levels of scientific capability, collaboration, and results, while contributing to the development of sector-wide infrastructure that fuels economic growth.