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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IDA Ireland says existing FDI in Ireland is resilient but not immune to impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Flow of investments continues but at a slower rate.
Gilead Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: GILD) today announced plans to invest approximately €7 million in the company’s Irish operations, opening a new base in Dublin and creating 140 jobs.
George Jon, Inc. (George Jon), the eDiscovery industry’s leading technology platform and consulting specialist, today announced plans to establish its first international office in Dublin, Ireland, creating 20 jobs in the technology sector over the next three years.
By establishing a physical foothold in the European Union and employing local, Irish application and infrastructure engineering talent, George Jon will be ideally positioned to service and grow its portfolio of EMEA clients, which includes “Big Four” accounting and advisory firms, multinational corporations, law firms, government agencies, and hosting service providers.
IDA Ireland remains open virtually, to protect our employees, clients and to support our client companies during this turbulent period. We have set up a dedicated Covid-19 space on our website.
Triggerfish, the animation studio behind Netflix’s first original animated TV series from Africa, today announced it is to establish its first international studio in Galway. The project, supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland, is expected to create 60 new jobs over the next three years.
UPMC, a leading integrated healthcare provider and insurer, announced today that it is establishing the UPMC Global Technology Operations Centre in Kilkenny to support the health system’s continuing international expansion. The new centre—to be located in MacDonagh Junction, a historically significant mixed-use development—is expected to employ up to 60 skilled technology workers and other support staff over the next three years, adding to the more than 475 staff already in Ireland.
Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD, today announced details of a new grant scheme aimed at supporting the production of vital medicines and medical equipment in Ireland. The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation received approval for the Scheme from the European Commission today.
IDA Ireland remains open virtually, to protect our employees, clients and to support our client companies during this turbulent period.
CORK CITY, IRELAND and PLEASANT GROVE, UTAH – MAY 29, 2020 – doTERRA, the world leader in essential oils and wellness products, is set to create up to 100 new jobs in the northern suburbs of Cork City over the next three years with the opening of the company’s first manufacturing facility outside of the United States.
Meissner Filtration Products announced today that their new manufacturing facility in Co. Mayo is operational. The new facility features a state of the art 930 m² (10,000 ft²) ISO class 7 cleanroom dedicated to the manufacture of Single-Use Systems. Validation of the facility was completed in mid-April and the facility is currently manufacturing products for their biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical client base.
New Centre of Excellence will create 50 new jobs and support new and existing clients in Europe, the Nordics and the Americas.
I’m getting back in touch with you on foot of the Government’s latest public health advisory regarding restrictions of movement due to Covid-19.
On Friday (May 1st 2020), An Taoiseach said the existing public health measures announced on April 10th will be extended until May 18th with some very limited lifting of personal travel restrictions.
The COVID-19 Response Guide outlines IDA’s approach to the crisis and consolidates relevant information and supports available across government departments.
IDA Ireland has set up a dedicated Covid-19 space on our website.
This will be kept up to date with the most relevant information/guidelines for companies and their employees. We will continue to monitor developments and update accordingly.
We are reaching out to you on foot of the updated public health advice from Government advising the public of increased restrictions on movement owing to Covid19.
The purpose of these increased restrictions is to save lives and employers and employees should follow this advice.
Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA Ireland:
This is a very difficult time for business, both Irish businesses and international businesses that are based here in Ireland and indeed businesses right across the globe.
This is a global pandemic and has caused widescale disruption to the global economy in which Ireland operates.
Udemy, the largest global marketplace for learning and teaching online, announced today the opening of an expanded office in Dublin, Ireland. The new office opening represents continued investment in the company’s EMEA headquarters, follows a milestone growth year, and a recent commitment by long-time Japanese strategic partner Benesse Holdings to invest $50 million in the company.
The enticement of a relatively wealthy market of 500 million consumers often makes opening a European office one of the earlier expansion steps for American technology companies. However, there are right and wrong ways to establish a European operation, with fostering the right culture a key aspect that will significantly impact the hoped-for financial contributions.
The role of placemaking in helping to enhance Ireland’s attractiveness to investors was highlighted at an event today hosted by IDA Ireland in partnership with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. The event was held as the second phase of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government’s Urban Regeneration and Development Fund was rolled out. Under the call, local authorities are invited to submit proposals for transformational placemaking and urban development projects that will enhance the attractiveness and liveability of Ireland’s cities and large towns and support compact urban growth, one of the key strategic objectives of Project Ireland 2040.
Sift, a leading Digital Trust and Safety technology company, today announced that it is expanding its international presence with the opening of its new EMEA headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.
The company, which counts several major European businesses such as Cabify, Curve, Delivery Hero, and GetYourGuide as customers, has already hired several members of its quickly growing Sales team with plans to continue hiring.
Today, DubSpot announced it’s not done growing, this time expanding its footprint across the
river Liffey with a new state-of-the-art office space dubbed ‘HubSpot House.’ In addition,
HubSpot will commit to 450 new jobs by 2023, enabling the company to help millions of
organisations across EMEA grow better.
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To better understand RNA viruses, Irish researchers pieced together parts of a massive puzzle. They identified 15,611 new fragments of RNA viruses, including more than 1,000 full-length genomes.
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