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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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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Travelport, a leading technology company serving the travel and tourism industry, has announced a further investment in its Dublin operations through the creation of an inside sales centre.
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Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) today announced the establishment of a Repair Shop in Dundalk, Co. Louth. The investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
Panasonic Avionics Corporation supplies and services in-flight entertainment and communications (IFEC) systems. The company’s customer base includes more than 300 airlines located across the globe.
A key business unit within Panasonic, Panasonic Technical Services (PTS), provides Repair, Line Maintenance for Aircraft, Spares Parts Supply and Technical Services that include Training & Technical Publications and Technical Support at over 70 permanent locations across the world.
PTS’s customized support programs are designed to ensure equipment serviceability at the lowest possible through-life cost.
Huawei Ireland has today opened a new state-of-the-art Dublin office and announced the creation of 100 jobs over the next three years as the company continues to grow in Ireland. Recruitment is underway for the first phase of the jobs and 30 of these positions are expected to be filled within the next year.
PublicRelay, a leading US media monitoring and analytics firm, announced today plans to establish a new office in Cavan, creating 20 new jobs over the next two years. Cavan was selected as the location for a second office in Ireland based on the strong pool of educated talent available in the region and the innovative nature of Cavan’s newly opened Digital Hub where the company initially will be based. PublicRelay Ireland, Ltd. is currently looking to hire its initial team of associate analysts and a manager to begin work before the end of this year.
EJ, a 5th generation family-owned company headquartered in Michigan, USA, today celebrated the official opening of its new production facility in Birr, Co. Offaly. The company has operated this world class facility on its 2-hectare site in Birr since June of last year.
Patreon, the membership and payment platform for independent artists and their fans, today announced that it is expanding its international footprint with the addition of an office in Dublin, Ireland. The new Dublin office will serve as the company’s European headquarters.
Mission is an opportunity for IDA to promote Ireland as a Gateway to Europe for Japanese investors
As Brexit approaches, uncertainty continues to surround the potential exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union. While there are far reaching implications, taxes and trading systems are just two considerations that will impact American chip and system engineers and their employers. The situation is complex and becomes more challenging as each day passes. Strong trade bonds tie Europe and the US - data from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative shows that the EU/US bilateral trade flow is the biggest in the world, far bigger than that between the US and China. In 2018, the U.S. imported $683.9 billion of EU goods compared with $557.9 imported from China. U.S. exports reached $574.5 billion to Europe while only $179.2 billion was imported to China. Trade with the UK is significant, the U.S. accounted for 19% of U.K. exports and 11% of imports.
E-commerce and technology leader Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) has opened its new European base in the IDA’s flagship North West business park in Sligo, and revealed it is on track to make its 100th Irish hire before year end.
Liberty Insurance today announced plans to expand its operations in Cavan, creating up to 120 roles over the next three years. The effort is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.
DUBLIN, Ireland – October 7, 2019 – Adesto Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: IOTS), a leading provider of innovative application-specific semiconductors and systems for the IoT, announced it is engaging with the European Space Agency (ESA) through the agency’s ARTES Competitiveness and Growth (C&G) program to develop technologies for next-generation mobile satellite communications.
Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, Ireland, October 7, 2019 - Janssen Sciences Ireland UC, part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, today officially opened its new manufacturing building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork. The company has operated a biopharmaceutical supply chain facility on its 40-hectare site in Ringaskiddy since 2005.
Adam Kelly named one of Europe’s best young scientists
Following his win at the 2019 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition last January, Adam Kelly has now received another major accolade after being named a first-place winner at the EU Contest for Young Scientists.
Elavon has today unveiled its new, renovated Arklow office which underwent an extensive refurbishment. The redesigned facility supports the growth of Elavon, an innovative payments company and key employer in County Wicklow.
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD on Friday last performed the official opening of Fort Wayne Metals new 45,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility which will lead to the creation of up to 80 new jobs over five years.
Nitro, a global company specialising in document productivity solutions, today announced the opening of a new EMEA headquarters in Dublin. Centrally located along the banks of the Grand Canal in Dublin 2, the larger office space spans over two floors at Charlemont Place and sets Nitro up for its next stage of growth in the region.
Security Risk Advisors (SRA), the Pennsylvania-based cyber security consulting company, today announced that it is establishing a European Headquarters and Security Operations Centre (SOC) in Kilkenny. 52 jobs will be created over the next five years.
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.
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