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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ClickDimensions, the leading marketing technology and services provider for Microsoft Dynamics 365, today announced the official opening of its new European Customer Operations Centre of Excellence in Cork, Ireland. ClickDimensions CEO Mike Dickerson and other company executives will be joined by guest of honour Minister of State David Stanton TD, IDA Ireland executives, and members of the local government and business community to celebrate the opening at a ceremony in the new office on 10 South Mall today.
ClickDimensions is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland. The company currently employs 22 people in its Cork office and plans to grow its local headcount over the next two years to 50. Employees in the Cork office will focus on providing digital marketing services, technical support, applications engineering and customer success to support ClickDimensions’ growing European customer base.
DMS Governance (DMS), a global governance, risk and compliance (GRC) company is to substantially increase its Ireland-based workforce by creating an additional 50 roles in Cashel, Tipperary.
Minister for Business Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD today joined DMS at the official opening of its new location in Cashel. DMS also announced the creation of an additional 50 new roles in Cashel following the acquisition of Aviation Corporate Services (“AvCS”) in June 2018 and this is in addition to its previous announcement of 50 newly-created jobs at the time of acquisition. The project is supported by the Irish government through IDA Ireland.
Friday, September 13th, Dublin – Hermes Investment Management (Hermes) today celebrates the opening of its new office in Dublin, with the creation of 11 new financial services roles.
September 13th 2019, Waterford - Emerald Contact Centre, the customer care and sales support provider for a range of global financial, health and travel publications, today announced 200 additional jobs to be filled over three years.
Extreme Networks, a software-driven networking company, announced today that it will invest 3 million Euro to expand its R&D programme in Shannon, Ireland. The investment will create 20 new jobs in engineering, data science, and software engineering over the next two years, with the Irish government providing additional funding in the form of a research, development, and innovation grant worth over 500,000 Euro.
The newly established R&D team will focus on developing a next-generation cloud portal for network applications and services, as well as a state-of-the-art AI-based security system for the Internet of Things (IoT). The Shannon R&D base is part of a long-term strategy by Extreme Networks that will result in the creation of a substantial number of highly specialised engineering jobs in the region over the next five years.
AB Agri Ltd, the agricultural division of Associated British Foods (ABF) group which operates in the retail, food and agriculture sectors, is to establish a Technology Centre in Kilkenny, creating up to 50 new roles over five years.
The project is supported by the Irish government through IDA Ireland.
AB Agri was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Peterborough, UK. The company employs over 3,500 people around the world and is a leading international agricultural business operating across the agri-food industry. It produces and markets animal feed, nutrition and technology-based products and services in 65 countries to over 5 million customers.
Today, Deutsche Börse Group and its post-trade services provider Clearstream celebrated the official inauguration of their new office at Navigation Square in Cork, Ireland. The expansion shows that Cork has become a vital and successful hub for the investment funds operations and one of the major locations for Clearstream.
Expanding its footprint in Cork, the move to the new location “NSQ1” reflects Clearstream’s growing funds business. “This is a very special day for Clearstream. It is more than just the inauguration of a new office, it is a commitment for us and the community to making our business thrive in what is a great ecosystem for funds, leveraging proximity to customers and talent alike,” said Stephan Leithner, responsible Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Börse AG and Clearstream Chairman
Xperi Corporation, a Silicon Valley based, publicly traded technology company with two subsidiaries in Ireland – FotoNation in Galway and DTS in Limerick – celebrated the official opening of its new FotoNation office in Galway, Ireland. Through an increased commitment to research and development (R&D) investment in Ireland, Xperi’s DTS subsidiary plans to establish an innovation hub at its new Galway location. In addition, the Company is also working to expand its local engineering talent around high-potential growth initiatives, including premium audio, computational imaging, computer vision, and machine learning capabilities, just to name a few. These investments are expected to result in at least 50 new Ireland-based engineering positions over the next several years, with further R&D investment expected that would contribute to additional employment opportunities in Ireland. The expansion project is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
Athlone researchers have found a way to combine a number of different pills into just one. Delivered either orally or sub-dermally implanted, the pill can be tailored to the specific needs of the patient as determined by their genetic profile.
Jacobs announced 200 new jobs for Ireland over the coming two years, as it unveiled a €4.5million investment in their office in Cork. The company, which provides end-to-end solutions for infrastructure, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, semi-conductor, data centres and manufacturing clients, plans to fill the positions in Dublin, Cork and Belfast.
eBay is set to bring jobs directly to Ireland’s North East and North West locations as it seeks out new talent for its eBay@Home programme.
eBay is set to bring jobs directly to Ireland’s North East as it seeks out new talent for its eBay@Home programme. The global market site has partnered with IDA Ireland to bring further employment to the region and will visit the Cavan Digital Hub on September 4th for an information roadshow.
The eBay@Home roadshow will provide an opportunity for interested applicants in Cavan and the surrounding counties to find out more about working remotely for eBay as part of the company’s dedicated customer support team for UK and Irish sellers and buyers.
eBay is set to bring jobs directly to Ireland’s North West as it seeks out new talent for its eBay@Home programme. The global market site has partnered with IDA Ireland to bring further employment to the region and will visit The Building Block in Sligo on September 5th for an information roadshow.
The eBay@Home roadshow will provide an opportunity for interested applicants in Sligo and the surrounding counties to find out more about working remotely for eBay as part of the company’s dedicated customer support team for UK and Irish sellers and buyers.
ActiveCampaign today announced the opening of its Dublin office, establishing a headquarters for the company in Europe, to support its growing customer base on the continent. The company expects its Dublin presence to expand to more than 200 employees. Initial hires will focus on support, sales, customer success, and marketing.
Opus Fund Services, an award winning independent, privately owned global fund administrator headquartered in Bermuda, announced today it plans to open a second office in Ireland, locating in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, with the creation of 100 jobs over five years.
In the restaurant business, technology is fast becoming key to delivering superior service for customers, and this has propelled Boston-based Toast to revenue growth of 148 per cent during 2018.
Every company that wants to grow will reach a point where it needs to expand into new markets. Doing it right means setting up operations closer to those customers.
It’s a big step, but it’s one that many others have taken before. For this blog, we spoke to senior leaders at leading tech companies that expanded into Ireland. They shared their advice on getting a fast and frictionless start, with five practical tips for others planning to grow their business internationally.
IDA Ireland today welcomed the announcement of Amazon’s decision to locate a second wind farm in Ireland, to be located in Cork. Once operational, the new Amazon Wind Farm will provide 23.2 megawatts (MW) of renewable capacity, with expected generation of 68,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean energy annually.
As campaigners continue efforts to see Valentia Island named a UNESCO World Heritage site, they’re also working to make it a historic innovation hub.
MSD, one of Ireland’s leading health care companies, has been granted planning permission for the construction of its new facility in Carlow.
Traco Power Solutions, who design and distribute electronic power supplies, today celebrated their 30th anniversary in Wexford with a special event to mark the occasion. The event was attended by the company’s owner, Mr. Rolf Caspar and other senior company leaders and by Brendan Howlin TD, who officially opened the company when it established operations in Wexford in 1989, trading as Convertec Ltd.
The global publishing consortium celebrates 20 years in Ireland with regional recruitment plans for roles in software development, publishing and application customer support
Toast, the fastest-growing restaurant manager platform in the U.S., today launched the opening of its new office in Dublin and officially announced plans to grow its headcount by adding 120 new roles focused on new product development for the company. The Irish site is the company’s first International Technology and Product development centre globally and was first established in 2017. Since then, the team has grown to over 40 staff members across engineering, development and support roles.
Stryker announced today the opening of its Digital Platform Services Centre of Excellence in Dublin, Ireland, and a strategic collaboration with RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) to develop digital solutions for use in emergency and specialist care settings to provide more seamless care coordination for patients suffering from time critical medical emergencies.
MessageBird, the Amsterdam-based cloud communications platform company, today announced that it is expanding its European operations with a new office in Dublin. Led by former Salesforce and Oracle executive, Roberto Marzo, the new office will employ up to 50 new positions over the next 2 years. Initial hires will focus on sales, customer success and support for MessageBird’s fast-growing European customer base. The Dublin office is MessageBird’s 4th office in Europe, and its 8th outpost worldwide.
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