Dublin City University is to lead a €30m research partnership which hopes to develop the next generation of high-tech automatic language translation.

DCU will work in tandem with other Irish colleges in the five-year research project, which is being funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

SFI will contribute €16.8m in funding to the project, with international and domestic industry partners ploughing €13.6m into the venture.

The plan is that the research will transform the localisation sector of Ireland's global software business. Localisation is the process of adapting things like digital content, download manuals and software to other languages and cultures.

The project intends to tackle the problems of volume, access and personalisation, which are considered critical problems for the localisation industry.

University College Dublin, University of Limerick and Trinity College will assist DCU, while firms like IBM, Microsoft and Irish firm Alchemy will supply materials, research services and additional funding.

DCU President Ferdinand von Prondzynski has expressed his pleasure at the development.

'This welcome funding is a great endorsement of DCU's international research capability,' he said.

'It means that DCU is now leading two SFI Centres for Science, Engineering and Technology in biomedical diagnostics and localisation technology – that have won the largest-ever SFI funding in the State,' he added.