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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Co-developed with Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, the BEng in Automation and Robotics brings essential skills to the community and includes design of a 3D manufacturing robotics automation training centre at the Thermo King Galway plant.
TripActions, the leading, cloud-based travel and spend management platform, today announced the opening of a dedicated sales hub in Dublin, Ireland. The new office location joins TripActions sales hubs in London and Amsterdam, as well as Reed & Mackay sales offices, following the acquisition last month. Located in Dublin City Centre, the office will be a dedicated sales office that will serve international clientele with support in multiple languages.
• Supporting leadership teams in Irish-based FDI subsidiaries to enhance their influence, impact and value to their global organisation
• Since the programme's inception, 25 IDA-supported client companies have participated
• Face-to-face launch event set for October
Global Security and Compliance Solutions Provider establishes EMEA Business HQ in Galway
More than 330 virtual meetings scheduled between Irish exporters and multinational companies
Firm boosts presence outside US by creating full-service site in city centre with 35 jobs
Investment will result in the creation of 20 new roles
National Science Park, Mullingar becomes home to Masterflex® Bioprocessing Centre
TrustLabs Inc, a privately held blockchain fintech company, has announced the establishment of its European Headquarters in Dundalk, Co. Louth, creating 20 jobs over the next two years.
Renovo Motors Inc, an automotive data management software company has formally announced the establishment of its EMEA Headquarters and Software Development Hub in Shannon Co. Clare which will create at least 30 jobs over the next three years.
An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD and IDA Ireland today announced the creation of 185 jobs in Shannon, Galway, Dundalk, Cork & Dublin across 8 high growth companies from Europe and the US.
Adding cell and gene therapy capabilities to support growing customer need
When the pandemic began, many organizations in Ireland were ready for full remote-work operations. That’s because they had already implemented remote-work policies years earlier—to great success. It’s becoming clear that today’s dynamic companies will need to improve their remote operating capacity. They will have to lean into best practices for achieving connectivity, provide upward-mobility opportunities for their employees, and use the best technology to remain competitive in the global fight for talent.
For leaders now looking to build thriving remote-first teams, Irish organizations that had already incorporated their remote-work plans before the pandemic offer three important lessons they’ve learned over the years.
London-based consultancy firm Albany Beck is launching an EU Operations Centre in Dublin that will create 100 new jobs over the next three years. The new roles created will be in in the areas of Software Development, Software Engineering, Cloud-Services, Machine Learning/AI/Automation, Know Your Customer (KYC) and Transaction Management. Recruitment will begin immediately for Software Developers, Full-stack software engineers, Python Developers and KYC Analysts.
Major investment will see an expansion of the company’s Galway-based R&D operation
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