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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
I-Form - the SFI Research Centre for Advanced Manufacturing
INFANT-Irish Centre for Fetal and Neonatal Translational Research
INSIGHT - Irelands Big Data and Analytics Research Centre
I-PIC - Irish Photonic Integration Research Centre
Irish Centre for High-End Computing
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
Explore the current business landscape in Ireland and see what's happening on the ground now.
Munich Re Automation Solutions Ltd. today announced plans to invest approximately €16 million in Horizons, an innovative research & development programme evolving the business from a product to a platform company. The business will recruit a large new team of skilled people, to complement its existing team in Dublin and accelerate the development of new cloud products/services. Munich Re plans to fill up to 60 positions over the coming 24 months.
KILDARE - 5 October 2020 - Simple But Needed (SBN) a privately held developer of comprehensive safety and risk management software systems, headquartered in San Francisco, California, today announced that it is to set up its European Headquarters in Kildare Town, Co Kildare, with plans to employ 20 people over three years in the areas of sales, product support, customer success and engineering sales personnel.
Services Support Growing Corporate Demand for Cross-border Discovery Solutions
DUBLIN - 5 October 2020 - Headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, Nulia announced that it has chosen Dublin as the location for its EMEA Headquarters to service its existing customers in the EMEA market and to grow its presence in the region. The company is currently ramping up its Dublin team, and plans to employ 40 or more people across sales, customer success, software engineering, data science, and operations.
DUBLIN – 5 October 2020 – National Technologies (NTI), the US company that provides fibre optic and data centre installation services, today announced the opening of its EMEA HQ in Park West, Dublin. This is National Technologies first international operations outside of the US and will see 52 high-quality roles created over the next three years.
CORK – 5 October 2020 - Moz, Inc., the leader in search engine optimization technology, today announced it has established a Customer Success team in Cork, Ireland. The team is working out of the Glandore Office which overlooks the River Lee. Moz will create up to 10 jobs initially for customer support executives and account managers to support its continued expansion into the European market.
DUBLIN - 5 October 2020 – Hellios, the UK headquartered supplier information and risk management solution company today announced that it is establishing a Software Development centre in Dublin and will create 24 new developer roles.
SLIGO - 5 October 2020 - Eliatra, an IT Services and Solutions company that is focused on big data, cloud services and security has announced that it has chosen Sligo to locate its new Product Development and European HQ. The company plans to employ 15 people over the next 3 years in areas such as product development, technical support, sales and marketing roles.
An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD and IDA Ireland today announced the creation of 206 jobs in Dublin, Kildare, Sligo and Cork across 7 high growth companies from Europe and the US.
Expansion creates seven highly skilled roles in Research and Development and Quality Assurance
Edwards, the leading supplier of vacuum and abatement services and solutions to the global semiconductor industry, announced today that it is establishing a new Service Technology Centre (STC) in Blanchardstown, Dublin to support the semiconductor manufacturing industry in Ireland. The new centre and associated field service operations are expected to employ up to 120 people across activities such as technology, engineering and support. The development represents an investment in the region of US$7.5 million.
COVID19 has led to a surge in the consumption of digital content. With the strain on US domestic studio space, Ireland has emerged as a stong hub for US content creators.
Supporting leadership teams in Irish based FDI subsidiaries to enhance their influence, impact and value to their global organisation
16 IDA supported client companies participating in the programme in 2019 with extremely positive results
Virtual launch on 16th September 2020
Seed funding for the company comes as it expects significant future demand for its virtual reality remote training technology.
Limerick, Ireland (August 27, 2020) -- Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., (NASDAQ: REGN) a leading, science-driven biopharmaceutical company, today announced that it will add more than 400 new jobs, bringing total headcount to over 1,400 at its Industrial Operations and Product Supply (IOPS) campus in the Limerick area.
Bath Fitter, North America’s leading bathroom refurbishment experts, is delighted to announce the establishment of its European Business Development Centre in East Point Business Park, Limerick. This facility is Bath Fitter’s first to be located outside of North America. This announcement is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
IDA Ireland welcomes today’s announcement that MSD has acquired the Takeda biologics facility in Dunboyne, Co. Meath.
IDA Ireland welcomes the announcement by MeiraGTx Holdings plc (Nasdaq: MGTX), a vertically integrated, clinical-stage gene therapy company, of a multi-million euro expansion in its Shannon facility.
IDA Ireland’s new international marketing campaign was launched last month, highlighting Ireland as a place where doors are open for existing and new investors. Although we are all facing a changed world, this a country that is ready for the future.
Smart Metering Systems ("SMS Plc") which installs and manages smart meters and carbon reduction ("CaRe") assets, has announced its expansion to Cork after the recent acquisition of energy tech start-up Solo Energy.
Greenfield Global Inc. a global leader in the production of ethanol, high purity speciality alcohols, and solvents, will soon commence the commissioning phase of its new EU Manufacturing Headquarters in Portlaoise, Ireland.
IDA Ireland welcomes today’s decision from the General Court of the European Union annulling the decision of the European Commission of August 2016.
New Technology Centre of Excellence will be Home to Engineering and Software Development Teams
New European base in Wexford Town will see the creation of 25 jobs over the next three years
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