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. The Innovation 2020 strategy on R&D, science and technology aims for Ireland to become a Global Innovation Leader.
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.
Ireland is 11th in global scientific ranking for overall quality of scientific research, an impressive upward trajectory from a position of 48th just 13 years ago.
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
CONFIRM SMART MANUFACTURING
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
Telecommunications Software and Systems Group
Tyndall National Institute
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LogMeIn Inc., a leading provider of cloud-based connectivity and recognized as one of the world’s 10 largest public Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies, today announced that the company has officially opened its new international headquarters in the Reflector Building, Grand Canal Dock. The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
AFEX, one of the world’s largest non-bank providers of global payment and risk management solutions, has announced the creation of 10 new jobs, based in Dublin.
Greenfield Global Inc., Canada’s largest producer of alcohol and fuel ethanol, and one of the largest alcohols and solvents companies in North America, today announced plans to establish a new EU manufacturing headquarters in Portlaoise, Ireland.
Minister of State for Trade, Employment and Business, Pat Breen TD today announced that Johnson & Johnson Vision Care (Ireland) will be adding approximately 100 new roles as part of about a €100M expansion of its manufacturing operations at its site in the National Technology Park, Plassey, Limerick.
Markforged, a leading manufacturer of industrial 3D printers, today announced the opening of its first official European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, part of the company’s planned global expansion for 2019. Markforged is opening its new European headquarters with the support of the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
GrandPad, the first tablet-based solution designed exclusively for older people, is now available in Ireland and the UK. The high-tech, high-touch company whose mission is to improve the lives of millions of older people, as well as their family and friends, is celebrating its European launch with the opening of its headquarters in Gorey, Co Wexford, Ireland.
Dassault Systèmes opened their new office in Phoenix House, Monahan Road, Cork today. The French Ambassador H.E. Stéphane Crouzat presided over the opening ceremony with Simon Coveney, Tánaiste & Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, and Cllr. Mick Finn, Lord Mayor of Cork City Council, with many members of the French and Irish business communities in attendance.
Latest figures from Ireland’s Foreign Investment Agency, IDA Ireland have shown that 70 individual investments related to Brexit, with over 5000 associated jobs, have been approved since the UK’s EU referendum in June 2016.
TradeIX, the award-winning technology platform provider driving innovation in trade finance, is expanding its Global Headquarters in Dublin by adding 70 new jobs across engineering, sales, customer service, and product development.
EML Payments Limited (ASX: EML) (“EML”) today announced it is expanding its operation in Galway with the establishment of a Technology & Innovation Hub in Galway, employing 20 people.
Global cybersecurity leader Forcepoint today moved to its permanent office for its Center of Excellence in Cork, Ireland. The investment, supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland, continues to focus on new product development in the cloud and endpoint cybersecurity technology space.
Valeo, today announced it is to invest €44M in a major RD&I investment programme, which will build on the Group’s strong capability in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and position them at the forefront of developments in autonomous vehicles. This investment will lead to the creation of 50 new R&D roles over the next three years, which will see its Irish R&D centre grow to over 500 people and become one of the largest R&D facilities in Ireland.
Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, is leading 71 Enterprise Ireland client companies on an Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland trade and investment mission to Australia and Singapore. The trade mission is focused on increasing Irish exports to markets outside of the UK by 50% by 2020 and attracting investments from Australian and ASEAN companies to Ireland.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is forming a new business entity, EPRI Europe Limited, to expand its collaborative research and development programs in Europe.
IDA Ireland welcomes launch of New Future Jobs Ireland 2019 Report
DTCC Officially Opens new Office in Dublin
Legend Biotech Ireland, Ltd. announces the official opening of the company’s European headquarters (HQ) at 10A Ballymoss Road, Sandyford Business Park, Dublin 18, Ireland. Legend Biotech established their European HQ in Dublin at the end of 2017 and has been focusing primarily on research and development (R & D) and business activities.
Global digital workflow platform provider increases investment and creates new jobs in Ireland
Soldo, the London-based fintech offering payment and spend management services to businesses, has today announced it has been awarded an Electronic Money Institution licence from Ireland’s Central Bank
IDA Ireland welcomes the announcement made today by Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD and Charlie Flanagan TD, Minister for Justice and Equality that spouses and partners of Critical Skills Employment Permit holders will be able to access the Irish labour market without the need to obtain an employment permit.
Minister Heather Humphreys today announced that IDA Ireland has selected Monaghan as the location for a new Advanced Technology Building (ATB) and appointed a design team.
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