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Government Invested €761 Million in Research & Development in 2016


The latest report on Government investment in research and development (R&D),  published by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation on Thursday, shows that the Irish government allocated €761 Million for R&D in 2016.

Survey data in ‘The Research and Development Budget 2015-16’ publication is compiled from a comprehensive survey of all Government Departments / Agencies and show that the Government allocated €761m for R&D in 2016.   This is the third year in a row that funding has increased and represents a 3.2% increase on the 2015 figure of €736m.

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and its Agencies (Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland) were responsible for over half of all Government R&D investment in 2015 at €391m or 53.1%.

The report provides details of Government funded research programs and highlights the extent and variety of R&D being carried out in the country.

In addition, the report brings together the latest data on business, higher education and government agencies’ spending on R&D in Ireland.   In 2014, the Gross Expenditure on R&D (GERD) by all sectors of the Irish economy was €2.9 billion.   The highest expenditure on R&D continues to be within the business sector which accounted for €2.1 billion of total GERD.

Minister for Training & Skills, John Halligan said: “Ireland’s future economic growth and prosperity will depend in very large measure on our continued investment in Research, Development and Innovation. This investment is all about developing a competitive knowledge based economy and society, driving innovation in enterprise, building human capital and maximising the return on R&D investment for economic and social progress. It is encouraging to see the increasing overall levels of public investment in this area, especially given the competing demands and continuing pressure on public finances. This positive momentum must be maintained and we must continue to give R&D funding sufficient priority to ensure Ireland becomes a global innovation leader.”

The full report can be read here.

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Record Number of Collaborative Agreements Signed Between Industry and Researchers in 2015


Research by Knowledge Transfer Ireland found that 748 collaborative new research agreements between research performing organisations and industry were signed in 2015, a record number, according to a November 18 report by Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. This was an increase of 16% over 2014.

Results of the Annual Knowledge Transfer Survey, which tracks activity between the commercial sector and Ireland’s research performing organisations, found that in 2015, 65% of collaboration agreements signed by Research Performing Organisations were with Irish companies and that there were 1,235 live collaborative research programmes involving Research Performing Organisations underway at year end.

A panel of experts from a range of companies and from the Irish research base addressed an audience of over 200 industry and technology transfer professionals at the KTI conference on Friday, November 18.
“Knowledge Transfer continues to grow in Ireland. The latest figures around collaborative research – just one aspect of knowledge transfer – are testament to that. We have also seen encouraging growth in the transfer of intellectual property to companies through licensing agreements.” Director of Knowledge Transfer Ireland, Dr Alison Campbell said at the conference, “We now have 34 globally accredited Registered Technology Transfer Professionals (RTTP) in our universities and Institutes of Technology – the highest number of RTTP per capita in the world. Today is about bringing together the knowledge transfer community and industry experts from around the country to highlight the simplest routes to access researcher knowledge and share best practice.”

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Irish scientists to get €47m for new research projects


More than 200 scientists in Ireland are to receive a total of almost €50 million in funding for new research projects over the next five years.

The money is coming from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, through Science Foundation Ireland’s Investigators Programme.

The programme aims to support scientific research that has the potential to bring economic and social benefits to the country.

Over 200 people submitted ideas that were reviewed by 400 international scientists.

A total of 36 projects, involving over 200 Irish-based researchers, were selected for grants of up to €3.1m.

The research focuses on a range of areas, including Information and Communications Technology (ICT), health sciences and energy.

In total €47m will be made available to the scientists between now and 2019.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said the funding would help attract foreign direct investment, as well as support 62 private sector companies.

SFI Director General Professor Mark Ferguson said the programme would have an indirect impact on many other research initiatives by allowing for the development of further research links with industry.

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