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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DUBLIN, Ireland (date, 2018) – Emerson (NYSE: EMR) is providing automation software and systems valued at USD 1 million (approximately €820,000) to Ireland’s National Institute of Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) to help train next-generation workers on the latest technologies designed to optimize pharmaceutical production.
Dublin, Tuesday 13th February 2017 – Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD joined CEO of Autodesk Andrew Anagnost today to announce the opening of a major new site for the company in Dublin. Autodesk, the global leader in design software, will initially hire 200 people in finance, operations, localisation and sales operations by the end of this year to support its EMEA business.
Autodesk is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
5th February 2018, Dublin – Technology platform Stripe has today announced plans to expand its Dublin office, adding dozens of engineering positions over the next few years.
Dublin, Wednesday, 31st January 2018 – An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, today opened the European Financial Forum at Dublin Castle marking the third year of the Forum bringing together international and Irish financial industry leaders from banking, finance, insurance, regulation, fintech and asset management to discuss the pressing issues surrounding European finance.
Dublin, 23rd January 2018– Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD announced today that global B2B sales and marketing firm N3 will grow its Ireland team to 200 fulltime jobs by the end of 2018. Immediately, N3 is actively recruiting to fill 50 Cloud technology sales positions.
SLIGO, January 16th, 2018– AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a global research and development-based biopharmaceutical company, today announced an expansion of its manufacturing facility in Sligo to support the growth of its Oncology pipeline.
January 10, 2018: An initiative by The Bar of Ireland supported by the IDA and the legal community was launched by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, today (Wednesday) seeking to promote Ireland as a leading centre globally for international legal services.
19,851 Jobs Created in FDI companies – third consecutive year of strong growth under current strategy
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.
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.
Xilinx will recruit 100 highly qualified new staff for Dublin and Cork
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.
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.”
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald officially opened LinkedIn’s new
17,650 sq m Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) HQ at Wilton Place in Dublin today. The new building is the first that LinkedIn has built outside the USA, and is the result of an €85 million investment. The development was undertaken in order to meet the needs of LinkedIn’s growing workforce in Ireland, which has increased from three employees to 1,200 in just seven years.
Today An Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Frances Fitzgerald TD joined Bill Graebel, CEO of Graebel Companies Inc., to announce the official opening of the company’s newly established Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Financial Shared Services and Operations Centre in Dundalk and the creation of 125 new jobs within the next three years. Recruitment is already underway.
Chaucer, the specialist insurance group, today announces that the Central Bank of Ireland has approved the formation of a Dublin-based company that will trade under the name of Chaucer Dublin (incorporated in Ireland as Chaucer Insurance Company DAC) to write international specialty insurance and reinsurance business.
Opening of new operations centre to drive multi-million euro R&D project
26,000 sq ft of office space to be added to Citrix’s existing offices in Dublin’s East Point Business Park
IDA Ireland today launched a report detailing a new national vision and strategy for the Global Business Services (GBS) sector. The latest strategy is being driven by a new wave of digital disruptors which are currently impacting the industry and will shape its future over the next 5 years.
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