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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Udemy, the largest global marketplace for learning and teaching online, announced today the opening of an expanded office in Dublin, Ireland. The new office opening represents continued investment in the company’s EMEA headquarters, follows a milestone growth year, and a recent commitment by long-time Japanese strategic partner Benesse Holdings to invest $50 million in the company.
The enticement of a relatively wealthy market of 500 million consumers often makes opening a European office one of the earlier expansion steps for American technology companies. However, there are right and wrong ways to establish a European operation, with fostering the right culture a key aspect that will significantly impact the hoped-for financial contributions.
The role of placemaking in helping to enhance Ireland’s attractiveness to investors was highlighted at an event today hosted by IDA Ireland in partnership with the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. The event was held as the second phase of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government’s Urban Regeneration and Development Fund was rolled out. Under the call, local authorities are invited to submit proposals for transformational placemaking and urban development projects that will enhance the attractiveness and liveability of Ireland’s cities and large towns and support compact urban growth, one of the key strategic objectives of Project Ireland 2040.
Sift, a leading Digital Trust and Safety technology company, today announced that it is expanding its international presence with the opening of its new EMEA headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.
The company, which counts several major European businesses such as Cabify, Curve, Delivery Hero, and GetYourGuide as customers, has already hired several members of its quickly growing Sales team with plans to continue hiring.
Irish researchers help boost catalogue of RNA viruses
To better understand RNA viruses, Irish researchers pieced together parts of a massive puzzle. They identified 15,611 new fragments of RNA viruses, including more than 1,000 full-length genomes.
IDA Ireland’s Digital Summer 2020 edition of Innovation Ireland Review magazine includes features on Cyber Security, Women in STEM, Medtech, and much more
Mastercard has today announced its plans to create 1500 jobs in the next three to five years as it significantly grows its new European Technology Hub in Dublin. The plans reflect Dublin as a key location in Mastercard’s global footprint.
As a leader in payments technology, Mastercard is to grow its workforce with notable investments in its artificial intelligence, cyber security, blockchain, user experience teams, and more. As such, Mastercard will be recruiting for talented technologists with strong development and software skills looking to work on impactful, cutting edge technology projects.
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.
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.
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