Ireland is one of the leading Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) locations in the world. It offers the ideal commercial, political and social environment for companies to carry out successful and profitable RDI activities. This has attracted global leaders in key high-tech industries to undertake RDI projects in areas such as Pharmaceuticals, Bio Technology, Medical Devices, ICT and Financial Services.
An exceptional level of collaboration between industry, academia, state agencies and regulatory authorities drives Ireland’s dynamic RDI sector. This is supported by a highly pro-business government policy.
A world-class research system, designed to work with and for the benefit of industry, is being further developed thanks to an unprecedented investment of €8.2 billion under the Irish government’s strategy for Science Technology and Innovation.
Ireland offers a strong and growing RDI environment, complemented by a robust Intellectual Property (IP) regime. A young, skilled and well-educated workforce, with strong technological and business skills, and a low corporate tax rate, further strengthens this environment.
IDA Ireland plays a leading role in RDI development by providing funding support for suitable projects. It also identifies support opportunities from partner organisations, such as Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland and Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland.
In addition to RDI funding, IDA Ireland has a number of direct support mechanisms, including employment and training grants. It also works closely with companies to ensure they have the facilities, resources and supports needed to establish and expand their RDI operations.
IDA Ireland has an extensive programme of grant aid for RDI projects. This includes a 25% R&D tax credit designed to encourage companies to undertake new or additional RDI activity in Ireland. Contact IDA Ireland for a comprehensive list of other supports and aid available to companies.
Multiple research centres are located throughout Ireland focusing on RDI projects for specific key industry sectors. These range from ICT to Nanotechnology and Marine Science. They include:
ADAPT - Centre for Digital Content Platform Research
AMBER - Advanced Materials and Bio-Engineering Research
APC - Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre
Tyndall National Institute
Telecommunications Software and Systems Group
CúRAM - Centre for Research in Medical Devices
iCrag - Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences
INFANT-Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research
INSIGHT - Irelands Big Data and Analytics Research Centre
I-PIC - Irish Photonic Integration Research Centre
LERO - The Irish Software Research Centre
MaREI - Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) - The SFI Centre for Marine Renewable Energy Research
SSPC - Synthesis & Solid State Pharmaceutical Cluster
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SLIGO, January 16th, 2017 – AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global research and development-based biopharmaceutical company, today announced an expansion of its manufacturing facility in Sligo to support the growth of its Oncology pipeline.
Jaguar Land Rover has selected Shannon as it is globally recognised as a centre of excellence for current and future software engineering talent.
January 10, 2018: An initiative by The Bar of Ireland supported by the IDA and the legal community was launched by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, today (Wednesday) seeking to promote Ireland as a leading centre globally for international legal services.
IDA Ireland, the Irish Government agency responsible for attracting foreign direct investment to Ireland, has today confirmed it has selected Three Park Place on Upper Hatch Street in Dublin 2 as its preferred option for its new Global Headquarters.
19,851 Jobs Created in FDI companies – third consecutive year of strong growth under current strategy
A team of researchers has helped to construct the first genetic map of the people of Ireland to help us better understand hereditary conditions.
A new study into autoimmune diseases suggests that the severity of symptoms might be dependent on how your body clock is ticking along.
Researchers have discovered the first evidence of living bacteria in polar ice samples, opening up new possibilities for alien life.
A team from NUI Galway has built a device that helps those with Parkinson’s to manage one of the disease’s most debilitating symptoms.
The future is bright for girls and women in technology, as was showcased at the fifth edition of the European Ada Awards, held at BeCentral, a major digital transformation hub in Brussels.
The AMBER centre has been set the task of creating scratch-free surfaces to overhaul the optics and auto industries as part of an €8.2m EU fund.
The projected boost in media and entertainment is primarily fuelled by increased internet access and the growth of online advertising.
Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN) has confirmed that angel investors in the south-east region of Ireland have €10m to invest in local start-ups over the next three years.
Ireland - The Popular EU hub for IP development and Exploitation
December 19, 2017 (Lismeehan, County Clare) Beckman Coulter, which develops, manufactures and markets products that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical testing, is expanding the company’s development and manufacturing facility at Lismeehan, County Clare, creating 70 jobs over the next two to three years.
December 15 2017 Dundalk. National Pen, a leading global provider of personalised marketing merchandise, is celebrating its 30th anniversary in Dundalk.
The expansion, creating 250 jobs, is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
The company established its’ International Headquarters in Dundalk in 1987, comprising a manufacturing plant which personalises promotional products, and a contact centre which supports corporate functions including Finance, HR, Recruitment, IT, E-commerce and other support functions.
Pluralsight, the enterprise technology learning company, today announced plans to open a new EMEA headquarters in Dublin in early 2018. The Dublin office will house the company’s strategic business operations for the region and support its growing customer base in Ireland and throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Dublin, Ireland, 11 December, 2017: Huawei, the global ICT leader, today announced a new research partnership with Trinity College Dublin as part of its growing R&D footprint in Ireland. At an event at Trinity College Dublin, Guo Ping, Huawei Deputy Chairman & Rotating CEO, also announced the expansion of the company’s Cork R&D operation, which is growing from a small team to nearly 20 highly-skilled staff.
Antares Vision, the leading Italian inspection systems, track & trace and smart data management solutions provider for the most demanding sectors including pharmaceutical, medical devices, cosmetics, food & beverage, today announced it is to establish a Software Development Centre in Galway, creating 53 jobs in 5 years in Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence
Keeper Security, Inc., the world’s leading password manager and secure digital vault, today announced the opening of its first European office at 9 Parliament St., Cork T12 NY99, Ireland. The office will provide local management, enterprise sales and engineering support for Keeper’s growing EMEA business customer base.
The new office in Cork will staff 50 employees over the next 2 years. This team will include a Sales Director, Office Manager, Training and Pre-Sales Engineer, and Sales Representatives to support the UK, Ireland, Northern Europe, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and the Middle East.
1st December 2017, Dublin- SANNE has today announced that it plans to grow its presence in Dublin by developing a fully integrated client services offering that includes fund administration, financial reporting, company secretarial and management support services. Given this new development it is expected SANNE’s Irish operation will continue to grow in size and mean a focus on new recruitment from within the local Dublin employment market. The company which is based in Dublin has the capacity to accommodate 100 executives with recruitment already underway.
DUBLIN, November 30 2017 – Equifax Inc., a global information solutions company headquarted in Atlanta, Ga., announced today the creation of 150 new jobs in Dublin over the next 12 months, bringing its total Irish workforce to more than 350. Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen T.D, Mark Rohrwasser, Interim Chief Information Officer at Equifax, and Paul O’Dwyer, IT Development Centre Leader met to discuss the expansion.
Engineers at Trinity College Dublin have unveiled the first prototype for a robot designed to work in care homes.
The Mary Mulvihill Memorial Award honours the memory of the science journalist, author and founder of Ingenious Ireland.
All Irish girls nominated are members of CoderDojo, which attests to the impact the organisation has had.
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