Irish Research

Research transforms societies and economies, Irish research has benefitted Ireland’s citizens and the country’s international standing

Ireland’s policy of investing in our research, development and innovation capability over the past twenty years has had a significant impact on our industrial development, contributing to job creation and economic prosperity.

As a result of this sustained commitment, Ireland has built a growing international reputation for scientific excellence and a highly effective research, development, and innovation system to be proud of. To achieve this success, we have mobilised all the actors of the innovation system: universities, researchers, research funders, enterprises and enterprise support agencies.

This is evidenced by our ascent in global ranking of scientific citations - in the 2021 European Innovation Scoreboard, Ireland is at 11th place in the EU, placed in the “Strong Innovators” group. Ireland’s global rankings for individual subject areas further demonstrate that we continue to play an important role in global R&I.

Ireland is now 2nd in the world in immunology, 3rd in agricultural sciences, 4th in neuroscience and behaviour, and 5th in material sciences. €1.2 billion has been won to date from Horizon 2020, the EU’s highly competitive research programme with excellence at its core, demonstrating the calibre and the quality of Irish participants.

We are at a turning point for Ireland. The establishment of a new Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science focused on talent and knowledge is an indication of the Government’s commitment to supporting and strengthening the national research and innovation ecosystem so as to position Ireland as a leading knowledge-driven economy and to ensure we address the key challenges facing us as a country, such as the climate challenge, digital transformation and public health. Building on this performance, we will drive Irish success and focus on increase engagement in Europe’s €95.5 billion Horizon Europe programme.

Ireland’s new National Research and Innovation Strategy, to be released in the near future, will set out a renewed vision for research and innovation in Ireland over the period to 2030 and will work closely with all public research funding departments and agencies as well as the research performers in the Higher Education Institutions to ensure a co-ordinated, collaborative approach to continue building our research impact in Ireland and on the world stage.

The new Strategy will sustain and will improve our internationally recognised R&I system, leveraging our own particular strengths in order to position Ireland as a centre of research and innovation excellence.

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Funding Opportunities

The Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Programmes

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