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.
Ireland is increasingly seen as the place to undertake substantial R&D activity and is ranked as 8th most innovative EU country. In 2016 IDA clients spent €1.5bn on in-house R&D annually and employ 14,000 R&D staff.
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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An Tanaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald T.D., and YapStone, a leading global payments company founded in Silicon Valley, today announced it will invest $48 million (€41 million) in the creation of 200 new tech jobs, at its International Headquarters in Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland.
Leading online automotive marketplace, CarGurus, expands its presence in Dublin, as it ramps up its European operation
Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald TD and IDA Ireland today welcomed the announcement that IBM will create up to 150 new, highly skilled digital roles over the next two years in a new IBM Digital Delivery Centre in Dublin.
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald attends the official ribbon cutting of the MetLife facility
Recruitment of 200 highly skilled IT professionals for Technology Campus underway
Xilinx will recruit 100 highly qualified new staff for Dublin and Cork
Cloud Communications Company to employ 100 in Dublin over three years
UCD is to lead a new Irish-Welsh climate change research project with the goal of improving the quality of coastal waters in the region.
The increased fund allocation for innovation in Budget 2018 means Ireland will finally join the ESO.
A recent study into the effects of inactivity on the human body could help astronauts survive the challenges of life in space.
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), in partnership with Wellcome and the Health Research Board (HRB), has announced the three biomedical researchers to receive this year’s Investigator Awards in Science.
Lero has announced that its newest member IT Tralee has secured a €400,000 research programme, as part of the third-level institute’s collaboration with Bon Secours Hospital Tralee.
Ireland has followed up joining the ESO with an agreement to gain access to ESA’s latest high-tech satellite, Sentinel-5P.
20 start-ups in the life sciences, medtech and digital health space have a chance to join a globally renowned MassChallenge bootcamp in Cork.
Start-ups founded by women in Ireland are a force to be reckoned with, according to new data from TechIreland.
DUBLIN, IRELAND – November 1, 2017 – Theravance Biopharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: TBPH) ("Theravance Biopharma") today announced the opening of a new corporate office in Dublin, further establishing the Company’s presence in Ireland. The Company plans to expand its Dublin employee base by hiring 30 highly-skilled professionals over the next two years in in areas such as clinical development, finance, and technical operations. An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald TD and other IDA Ireland executives joined members of the Theravance Biopharma board of directors and employees at the opening ceremony.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to embark on IDA Ireland US West Coast Investment Mission
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: REGN), one of the fastest-growing companies in the global biotechnology industry, today announced further expansion of its Limerick Industrial Operations and Product Supply (IOPS) bioprocessing campus with an additional 300 jobs and investment of $100 million, bringing the total expected employment at the site to 800 people and total investment to $750 million. The project is supported by the government through IDA Ireland.
Flight Centre Travel Group (FLT) has today announced plans to create more than 30 new roles to facilitate its expansion in Ireland.
IDA Ireland today welcomed the news that Henkel Ireland, will establish a major Additive Manufacturing project in Tallaght, Dublin, where the global company already has a significant manufacturing and R&D operation for a wide range of adhesive technologies, serving a global market. Henkel, which also owns beauty care, laundry and home care divisions, is the world’s largest adhesives manufacturer.
Everest Insurance Ireland, dac (EIID), enables the Company to operate throughout the European Union (EU) under a single regulatory framework.
Letterkenny – October 20th 2017. IDA Ireland has today welcomed the official opening of Pramerica’s new state-of-the-art campus in Letterkenny.
The new building, which employed over 220 local tradesmen during its construction, represents a significant investment by the company.
Pramerica currently employs 1,500 people with a diverse workforce drawn from over 35 different countries.
Fragomen today announced the opening of its new office in Ireland, based in Dublin's city centre in order to service its portfolio of multinational clients in market.
Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland said: “This has been a fantastic week for job creation in IDA client companies with 1000 jobs announced across a variety of sectors In Limerick, Cork and Dublin.”
New roles build on the 500 jobs created in February 2017 when Ireland was selected as the location of Microsoft EMEA Inside Sales organisation
80% of the original 500 positions are filled with recruitment commencing immediately for the additional 200 positions
Janssen Sciences Ireland UC has announced an expansion of its Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork facility that will allow it to meet the critical needs of patients around the world. The expansion plans involve an investment of more than €300 million that will increase the existing manufacturing space by an additional 19,100m2, provide employment for up to 450 people during construction and an extra 200 people once completed.
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