Lero is the Irish software research centre. It brings together leading software research teams from Universities and Institutes of Technology in a coordinated centre of research excellence with a strong industry focus. Lero has raised the level and profile of Irish software research with such effect that it is now one of the best known and highly regarded software-related research centres in the world.

Our partners institutions include University of Limerick (host institution), NUI Galway, Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, University College Cork, University College Dublin and the Institute of Technology Tralee.

The centre has the proven capacity to attract and retain global research leaders and to make a substantial contribution both to software-related research and to the Irish economy.

The Lero Centre is supported by a Research Centre grant from SFI, by other state grants, by industry contributions and by external funding (particularly the EU’s research programmes).

Lero interfaces with a wide range of industry, state agencies, educational bodies and international collaborators to deliver on its twin goals of research excellence and social and economic relevance.

Vision and Mission


Lero’s overall vision is to establish Ireland as a location synonymous with high quality software research and development, to the extent that ‘Irish software’ can enter the lexicon in the same way as ‘German automotive’ or ‘Scandinavian design’.

Thanks to consistent industrial policy over many years, Ireland has become a global centre for software development. Software engineers and developers represent between 5 and 10% of Ireland’s workforce. A significant proportion of Irish start-up companies are software-based and there is a thriving ecosystem emerging across the country.

Globally, software-based systems are increasingly important to economic activity and to the normal functioning of our everyday lives. The scope, scale and interconnected nature of such systems are increasing rapidly, with the potential consequences of failure, security breaches or malfunction becoming a growing cause of concern. Furthermore, the people, development processes, standards and professional practices by which software-based systems are produced and deployed are inconsistent and frequently inadequate. Failure to address this looming crisis increases the probability of more serious and impactful software-based failures.


Lero’s mission is to provide the research basis for the Irish software community to become international leaders. Lero is focused on advancing the state-of-the-art in software engineering and related topics. Our research is focused on how software comes into being and how it evolves over time, with an emphasis on reliability, security and fitness-for-purpose. Working with a range of industry partners, Lero’s research is focused on helping to improve the quality of software across a broad range of factors and applications, as well as producing a stream of highly-qualified software practitioners for the future. The key goal is to improve the practice of software development, thus improving the effectiveness, reliability and security of software and the productivity of the people producing it.

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