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
Explore the current business landscape in Ireland and see what's happening on the ground now.
IQ-EQ, a leading global investor services group, has today announced plans to expand its Irish operations with the launch of a dedicated Funds business in Ireland creating 45 roles over the next five years.
Up to 200 engineering jobs to be created, reinforcing Microchip’s commitment to Ireland
BT Sourced, the innovative new procurement arm of global communications provider BT, is kicking off a recruitment drive for more than 70 roles, based in central Dublin, as it gets ready to open for business in April.
Takeda Ireland, a subsidiary of Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd, today announced a €36 million investment in its Grange Castle facility. The investment will support the expansion of the company’s cell therapy production facility and create approximately 100 new jobs over the next three years.
An Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar TD and IDA Ireland today welcomed Fidelity Investments® Ireland announcement that it will further grow its national footprint by adding 90 new fulltime jobs within its technology team in Ireland with 60 positions based in the Galway office and the remainder 30 in Dublin.
Last fall enormous 60+ foot waves crested the coast of Sligo on the West Coast of Ireland, creating stunning scenes and enticing surfers out into the water. A photo of one surfer balancing on enormous waves surging toward the shores that caught international attention provided a reminder of what's possible when conditions are just right.
Huawei today announced it would create a further 110 new jobs in Ireland by the end of 2022, bringing to at least 310 the total of new jobs it will have added over a three year period from 2019 to 2022 – more than doubling its workforce in that time. Huawei will invest €80 million in Irish research and development (R&D) over the next two years to support its growing business in Ireland.
Having left on a flight from Dublin Airport headed to JFK Airport in September to take up my new role running IDA Irelands U.S. operation, I knew that New York would look different but it was still a bit unreal to see the normally bustling terminals so quiet, streets so sparsely populated and even the taxi drivers subdued. It was abundantly clear that this job I had been looking forward to would be profoundly changed -- as was most of the world -- as a result of the pandemic that had impacted so much.
Cell and Gene Therapy (CGT) is a major breakthrough in medical science. The human genome was sequenced only 16 years ago, yet the website Centerwatch reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expects to receive some 200 gene and cell therapy investigational drug applications in the next two years. According to the National Cell Manufacturing Consortium, this space will grow at an annual rate of more than 40% in the next 10 years. CGT companies are finding robust, repeatable and scalable ways to manufacture these life-saving products and tests to ensure they are safe and effective therapies. Today, as demand exceeds supply, finding the right talent is key to evolving and expanding this exciting, life-changing industry.
Continuing expansion of its European Centre of Excellence in Cork as demand for cross-border fund administration and asset servicing grows
Personio, the all-in-one HR software for SMEs, is doubling down on its efforts to expand its new international business and software engineering hub in Dublin. The HR tech company, which digitises people processes to unlock the productive potential of European SMEs, has grown its Dublin presence from the ground up, building a team of 40 people – since opening its office in the city in April 2020. And Personio is executing on a fast-paced upward growth trajectory, with plans to grow the size of its Irish presence almost fivefold, to 180 by the end of 2021.
The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the world in various ways but one unexpected result has been hastening the movement toward Industry 4.0, also called lights-out manufacturing, in the biopharmaceutical and med-tech industries.
C.H. Robinson continues its commitment to drive future of logistics with new technology development centre in Cork
-Roles will be recruited locally to Limerick and the Mid-West and will include Fibre Planners, GIS Engineers, Design Engineers, Telecoms Surveyors, Project Managers, and business support roles in accounts, sales and operations-
-Indigo Telecom Group expanding operations to support expanding global market opportunities around Fibre to the Home (FTTH), Wireless/5G, Data Centres, Digitisation and Telco Network Services-
Prepares to fill 100 multilingual sales and support roles to serve the growing mid-market within the next 24 months
Customer experience leader to move to a new development at Bonham Quay, Galway to accommodate the organisation’s growth in Ireland
Recognized by Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment and IDA Ireland for Contribution to Irish Financial Services Industry
240 new jobs to be created with addition of new facility & further expansion of existing site
Expansion supports company strategy to lead in biopharmaceutical manufacturing
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