Ireland: A World Leader in Research and Innovation

John Halligan TD, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development charts the research and innovation landscape in Ireland today.

Over the past thirty years, Ireland has built a growing reputation for scientific excellence and is a world leader in generating and using new knowledge for economic and social progress. Innovation is a cornerstone of Ireland’s overall economic development policy. As a small country, we know that innovation is key to maintaining competitiveness for Ireland in global markets – and thereby providing employment and sustainable growth in our economy. We recognise that innovation is crucial to creating and maintaining high-value jobs and attracting, developing and nurturing business, scientists, researchers and innovators.

Ireland is one of the leading RDI (Research, Development and Innovation) 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, biotechnology, medical devices, ICT and financial services.

Innovation 2020 is our cross-government strategy for research and innovation, science and technology. Launched in 2015, it contains a large number of initiatives to support broad-based innovation, focusing on excellence, talent and impact to deliver on our vision to become a global innovation leader, driving a strong, sustainable economy and a better society.

From pre-primary through to further and higher education and throughout an individual’s career, skills and knowledge need to be continuously enhanced if individuals, employers and countries are to realise their potential. Our success has always depended and will always depend, on our people.

To address the many global challenges that we face across society and the economy, we are ensuring that future generations of problem solvers can be inspired. Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) is the national foundation for investment in scientific and engineering research. Its work in promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to the public stimulates very important public conversations around scientific research and encourages young people to consider pursuing a career path in these areas.

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