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
Tyndall National Institute
Telecommunications Software and Systems Group
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
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Letterkenny – October 20th 2017. IDA Ireland has today welcomed the official opening of Pramerica’s new state-of-the-art campus in Letterkenny.
The new building, which employed over 220 local tradesmen during its construction, represents a significant investment by the company.
Pramerica currently employs 1,500 people with a diverse workforce drawn from over 35 different countries.
Fragomen today announced the opening of its new office in Ireland, based in Dublin's city centre in order to service its portfolio of multinational clients in market.
Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland said: “This has been a fantastic week for job creation in IDA client companies with 1000 jobs announced across a variety of sectors In Limerick, Cork and Dublin.”
New roles build on the 500 jobs created in February 2017 when Ireland was selected as the location of Microsoft EMEA Inside Sales organisation
80% of the original 500 positions are filled with recruitment commencing immediately for the additional 200 positions
Janssen Sciences Ireland UC has announced an expansion of its Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork facility that will allow it to meet the critical needs of patients around the world. The expansion plans involve an investment of more than €300 million that will increase the existing manufacturing space by an additional 19,100m2, provide employment for up to 450 people during construction and an extra 200 people once completed.
Fidelity International is to bolster its new state of the art office in Dublin with 250 additional jobs
STATS to employ more than 100 full and part-time employees in Limerick by end of next year
Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar officially opens Veritas multi-cloud innovation centre in Dublin
PepsiCo, Inc. today launched its new R&D Nutrition Centre at Little Island, Co. Cork, Ireland. The centre was officially opened by Simon Coveney, TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, in the presence of Dr. Jan Weststrate, Senior Vice President Nutrition R&D, PepsiCo, and Cliona Murphy, Vice President Research & Development, PepsiCo and Cork R&D site lead.
Great news for Irish start-up CloudKPI as co-founders join prestigious accelerator.
Mingo wants to make cryptocurrency more accessible for everybody.
Those living with diabetic foot ulcers will be happy to hear that a new device aims to treat the ailment with DNA.
Lero researchers at DCU have been given the task of trying to help high-street shops compete with Amazon and eBay in e-commerce with €3.8m EU funding.
There were 11 winners at Enterprise Ireland’s Innovation Arena Awards at the National Ploughing Championships, including a solar water pump.
Dublin City University’s new five-year strategic plan puts the focus on creativity, lifelong learning and sustainability. Claire O’Connell reports from the launch.
Researchers from TCD have made a major breakthrough in the fight against cancer with the discovery of what makes killer cells tick.
With help from Trinity College Dublin, a new €2.9m EU project will aim to make one of the continent’s biggest waste problems a thing of the past.
5-day trade visit aims to position Ireland as a post Brexit solution for Asian Companies
Global leader in innovative fastening technologies and solutions, PennEngineering®, has increased its presence in Ireland with the development of a new, 80,000² ft. facility located in Galway on the west coast. The development highlights PennEngineering’s commitment to its European customers and expanding its production capabilities.
Fourteen of Top 15 Global Medtech Firms Now Have Irish Facilities, Responding to Ireland's "One-Stop Shop" Location
NEW YORK and DUBLIN (September 20, 2017) – Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) announced today its expansion into Europe with the opening of its European Headquarters in Dublin. The move is expected to create 100 new jobs over the next three years.
Dublin, 19th September 2017 – An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, along with IDA Ireland today welcomed the announcement by XL Group that it has selected Dublin as its preferred location for its principal European Union (“EU”) insurance company, XL Insurance Company SE (“XLICSE”), subject to certain regulatory approvals, following the UK’s decision to depart from the EU.
An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald officially opened LinkedIn’s new
17,650 sq m Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) HQ at Wilton Place in Dublin today. The new building is the first that LinkedIn has built outside the USA, and is the result of an €85 million investment. The development was undertaken in order to meet the needs of LinkedIn’s growing workforce in Ireland, which has increased from three employees to 1,200 in just seven years.
Ireland’s most unique sci-tech conference will be back with a bang in June 2018, and now you can be one of the first to book your place there.
From its base in Dublin, Cubic Telecom is becoming a global player on the IoT and M2M front with the closing of a new round of funding worth €40m.
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