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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Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (NASDAQ: MXIM) today announced the opening of a new design center in Dublin, Ireland. The design center will focus on product development and conducting research and development in the areas of analog semiconductor design to deliver Maxim’s innovative solutions across many end markets.
To make this vision a reality, the company will recruit a strong team of mixed-signal and analog design engineers at this facility. The $25M investment will be primarily geared towards recruiting talent, equipment and building costs, as well as research and development. Located on the south side of Dublin, this is Maxim’s seventh design center located in Europe.
LONDON, February 12, 2020 –Payoneer, the digital payment platform empowering businesses around the world to grow globally, announced today its continued global expansion with the establishment of a new office in Dublin, Ireland. This announcement, in conjunction with the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) authorising the Dublin entity of the fintech unicorn as an Electronic Money Institution, demonstrates Payoneer’s commitment to being a reliable, secure and convenient partner for businesses all over the world.
Payoneer, the digital payment platform empowering businesses around the world to grow globally, announced today its continued global expansion with the establishment of a new office in Dublin, Ireland. This announcement, in conjunction with the Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) authorizing the Dublin entity of the fintech unicorn as an Electronic Money Institution, demonstrates Payoneer’s commitment to being a reliable, secure and convenient partner for businesses all over the world.
The IDA Ireland organised forum, in association with the Financial Times, brings international and Irish financial industry leaders, regulators and policy experts together
Cork students win BTYSTE for gender stereotyping project
The 56th winners of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition were Cormac Harris and Alan O’Sullivan, who conducted research on gender stereotyping in young children and created an initiative to combat gender bias.
Allergan plc, the global integrated biopharmaceutical leader headquartered in Ireland, today marked the opening of its €160m state-of-the-art Biologics 2 facility at its Westport Campus in Co. Mayo, Ireland. The new facility will create 63 jobs and enhance Ireland’s position as a strategic global hub for Allergans’ flagship products, including their botulinum toxin brand. This brings Allergan’s total investment in Ireland since it began operations in the country to more than €750m.
Monday, January 20th 2020 | 1000hrs | Dublin - IDA Ireland’s inaugural ‘Special Recognition Award’ recognising the contribution of our clients to Ireland was presented by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and IDA Ireland to Apple and accepted by its CEO Tim Cook, at a special ‘Looking to the Future’ event in the National Concert Hall this morning.
New York, Limerick, 17 January 2020: AxiomSL, the industry’s leading provider of regulatory reporting and risk management solutions, today announces the opening of a business operations centre in Limerick, Ireland, creating as many as 100 jobs over the next five years. The office will be located in the National Technology Park in Plassey. The project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland – the agency responsible for the attraction and retention of inward foreign direct investment into Ireland.
Conor McGinn named in Innovators Under 35 Europe list
The list recognises entrepreneurs from different countries who are developing new technologies to help solve the problems that affect modern society. McGinn and his team developed Stevie, a socially assistive robot.
Companies across a diverse range of industries are using artificial intelligence to streamline data management and analytics, gain a competitive edge and find new ways to drive growth. As more companies look to capitalize on AI technologies for their data-driven decision making, there’s a demand by businesses to find ways to avail themselves of AI quickly and cost effectively. AI is starting to emerge as a service, and I see 2020 being the year that AI as a Service (AIaaS) explodes onto the market.
Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys and IDA Ireland, the Irish Government agency responsible for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) to Ireland, today announced that employment levels in its client companies have now reached 245,096 - the highest ever number employed in the multinational sector, exceeding targets set by Government contained in IDA Ireland’s Strategy – Winning: Foreign Direct Investment 2015-2019.
Minister for Business Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys TD today turned the sod on a new IDA Ireland Advance Technology Building (ATB) in Monaghan.
The new c.1329m2 building, which will be constructed at the IDA Business & Technology Park, Monaghan will comprise 910 m2 (c.9,800 sq. ft.) of high tech manufacturing space with ancillary office space over two floors.
6th December 2019, CORK - Horizon8, an innovative, technology solutions company today opens its European headquarters in Cork, Ireland. Formerly called HengTian, the Company was created in 2004 as a strategic partnership between Boston based State Street, and Hangzhou based Insigma Technology and Zhejiang University. The new office in Cork will mark the first European office for Horizon8 adding to the company’s North American presence in Boston.
Servier, an independent international pharmaceutical company, today celebrated its 30th anniversary of manufacturing at its Arklow site, with the support of Ireland's inward investment promotion agency, the IDA, a non-commercial, semi-state body promoting foreign direct investment into Ireland through a wide range of services. The celebration was led by Minister for Health Simon Harris, Ambassador of France in Ireland, H.E. Stéphane Crouzat, and senior leaders from the Servier Group and IDA Ireland.
28 Irish researchers among world’s elite scientists
A number of Ireland-based researchers can consider themselves the cream of the crop in 2019 following the publication of this year’s Web of Science Group list of 6,216 highly cited researchers from 60 different nations.
Nearly two in five Irish adults (39 percent) haven’t updated their main password in the last 12 months, according to new research.
The research, published today by OneLogin, a global leader in identity and access management, finds that 20% of Irish adults haven’t updated their passwords in over two years and a further five percent can’t recall the last time they updated their passwords.
Limerick, November 25th, 2019 – FundRock Management Company S.A. today celebrated the official opening of its office in Limerick. This office serves as an operational centre of excellence which complements the FundRock Group.
Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys TD today confirmed that WuXi Vaccines, a subsidiary of WuXi Biologics (stock code: 2269.HK), is planning to build a $240 million vaccine production facility on the newly established WuXi Biologics Campus in Dundalk, bringing 200 additional new jobs to the town over five years. The new investment, for which a planning application was submitted to Louth County Council last month is being supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland will bring total employment on WuXi Biologics’ Dundalk Campus to 600 by 2024.
ARTeSYN Biosolutions, the manufacturer of single-use solutions for biopharma processing, is to significantly expand its Waterford operations by adding 50 new roles in Production, Engineering, Customer Service and Research & Development over the next 3 years at its facilities in the Six Cross Roads Business Park, Waterford. The expansion of the site increases the company’s consumables and overall production capacity by an additional 2200 ft².
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