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
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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.
Future Human reveals plans for a full live event experience for virtual attendees anywhere in the world.
TU Dublin is one of eight universities chosen as part of an EU project that could lead to a European-wide model for third-level education.
The finals of the 2020 Spark Ignite Innovation competition to find innovative ideas from HSE staff had to take place virtually this year.
Scientists at Trinity have found a potential link between impaired brain energy metabolism and delirium – a common and disorientating disorder.
EJ is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of access solutions for water, sewer, drainage, telecommunications and utility networks worldwide.
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
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.
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