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
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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AXA XL announced that it has obtained authorisation in principle to move XL Insurance Company SE to Ireland from the UK in advance of March 29 2019 when the UK is due to leave the EU.
VoxPro to expand its existing facility in Cork into an adjacent new office, which will result in the creation of 400 new jobs over the next number of years.
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD and IDA Ireland today welcomed the announcement that MSD is to construct a second manufacturing facility at its existing site in Carlow with the creation of 170 new jobs.
We explored a variety of cities across the EU, and Dublin was the clear choice.he Dublin team will compliment Coinbase operations in London and host a variety of new business-related functions, including roles for which we’re hiring right now.
E-commerce and technology leader Overstock.com, Inc. announces plans to expand its European base in Sligo, Ireland, creating 100 new research and development roles and more than tripling the office’s current headcount.
The new full-time positions will include junior and senior roles in areas such as software development and testing, machine learning, and data analytics.
There are several welcome developments in today’s budget from a foreign investment perspective.
Harmac Medical Products Inc., a leader in the international contract medical device market, today marked its 20th anniversary in Castlerea with a special celebration for staff and guests.
Harmac Medical Products Ltd. was established in Ireland in 1998 to meet the service needs of its international client base. The facility strategically positions Harmac as a world-class medical device manufacturer by providing a direct presence in Europe.
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation, the global leader in patient-focused innovations for structural heart disease and critical care monitoring, today announced National Technology Park, Castletroy, Limerick, as the location of its new permanent facility which is expected to manufacture delivery components for its transcatheter heart valve therapies.
Eurofins BioPharma Product Testing Ireland, Ltd. today opened the new extension to its laboratory facility in Dungarvan, Co Waterford. The company is located in the IDA Business Park, where the new laboratory extension expands the previously 4,300m2 facility by an additional 4,400m2, more than doubling the facility footprint and thereby providing increased capacity that will support the continued enhancement of the services offered to its clients and the ongoing growth of the business.
SOTI to Create 150 New Irish Jobs After Announcing Opening of Galway Office
Growth and expansion across Europe part of long-term strategic plan
Leading medical technology company Stryker celebrates 20 years in Ireland
Company operates seven sites, employing over 3,000 people
Wayfair Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary of European Operation Centre in Galway, Ireland,
Announces Plans to Add 200+ Jobs in Ireland with Launch of New Virtual Workforce
Michael D’Arcy TD, Minister for Financial Services, formally announced the initial speaker line-up and themes for the 4th European Financial Forum.
EquiLend, a leading provider of trading, post-trade, market data and clearing services for the securities finance industry, today announces the opening of its office in Dublin to serve European clients following Brexit.
Microsoft today announced that it is increasing its presence in Ireland through the creation of 200 highly skilled jobs across the company’s business units at its campus at One Microsoft Place. 100 of the roles are on the innovative engineering team which is working to support the development of new and emerging technology solutions, such as AI, for customers across the globe. Once this new wave of recruitment is complete, it will bring the total numbers employed by the company in Ireland to 2,200.
Dublin, Ireland and Union City, CA – Sep 12, 2018 - Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Denis Naughten TD visited Smart Wires HQ in Union City, California today where the company CEO Gregg Rotenberg confirmed the opening of Smart Wires’ European Headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. Smart Wires will create 40 jobs in Europe over the next 3 years with 10 of the roles being filled immediately in Engineering and Business Development.
BioMarin International Ltd. is investing in a new Drug Product Filling Project at its Shanbally, Co. Cork facility. This project will allow the company to maximise the flexibility of the site with the expansion of the operational manufacturing capacity to meet the rise in the global demand for its therapies to treat rare genetic diseases that mostly affect children.
Sigmar Group to Open European Talent Hub in Tralee
Ireland’s first dedicated technological university was formally announced last month at Grangegorman in Dublin by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, TD.
CORK, IRELAND and SANTA CLARA, CA – July 30, 2018 DataStax, powering the Right-Now Enterprise with the always-on, distributed cloud database built on Apache Cassandra™, announced today the opening of a new office in Cork, Ireland and expects to create 30 jobs over the next 3 years with 10 of the roles being filled immediately in Finance and IT.
IDA Ireland welcomes today’s statement from Abbott in Donegal that it is to expand its existing manufacturing facility which will result in the creation of c.500 new jobs over the next number of years.
West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE: WST), a global leader in innovative solutions for injectable drug administration, today announced the official opening of its new Waterford, Ireland facility, a global centre of excellence for West’s advanced manufacturing network, and the launch of a new product line—Westar® Select. Customers and senior-level Irish government officials joined West at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the facility’s opening and to recognise West’s ongoing commitment to improving patient lives through their products and services.
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