Govt still failing to meet R&D strategy expenditure targets

Posted in Research on October 10th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Ireland now appears further away than ever from meeting one of the key targets of its innovation strategy – significantly increased spending on research and development, according to new figures released by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 October]

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Government investment in Research and Development amounts to over €750m in 2018 – Minister Halligan

Posted in Research on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, John Halligan TD, has welcomed the latest figures on Government investment in research and development (R&D) published today by the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, which show that over €750m is estimated to have been invested in R&D in 2018 …” (more)

[Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, 5 October]

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Research and Development Funding

Posted in Research on May 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandNiall Collins (Limerick County, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the latest findings by the EU’s research and innovation observatory (details supplied) which indicates that research and development funding here is largely focused on multinationals rather than SMEs and that research and development here is below that of average spends by firms in other EU nations; and if she will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 25 May]

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Third Level Funding: Research and Development

Posted in Research on April 13th, 2017 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the allocation to third level research and development over each of the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 12 April]

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Ireland’s private R&D sector one of the strongest in Europe

Posted in Research on November 2nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The share of research and development work done in the private sector here is among the highest in Europe. But the Government here is unusually weak when it comes to direct funding of innovation. Over 60% of all workers involved in R&D are working full-time in the private sector, making Ireland only second to Sweden in the 28-member bloc …” (more)

[Sean Duffy, Independent, 2 November]

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Multinationals ‘exaggerated’ research activity to lower tax bills

Posted in Research on September 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Several multinational firms have been found to be aggressively and improperly claiming tax credits for research and development to lower their corporation tax bills. A Government scheme gives firms up to 25% of their expenditure on R&D in the form of cash or a credit against their corporation tax …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 3 September]

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North South divide once more?

Posted in Research on March 25th, 2014 by steve

“For the purpose of Eurostat and EU Structural Funds, two NUTS 2 regions of Ireland were established and came into effect in July 1999. One is the Southern and Eastern region, and the other one is Border, Midland and Western region …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 24 March]

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Jobs Committee to consider R&D landscape in Ireland with Minister Sherlock

Posted in Research on February 3rd, 2014 by steve

“The research and development landscape in Ireland will be on the agenda of the Joint Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation tomorrow, Tuesday 4th February when it meets with Minister of State for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock …” (more)

[Houses of the Oireachtas, 3 February]

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Role of State Funding of R&D, and the Costs of Funding Research

Posted in Research on September 4th, 2013 by steve

“… On the other hand, although Ireland may have been last in the ranking of thirty nations for commercial funding per researcher, clearly Ireland is nevertheless doing something right. Ireland is one of the world leaders for foreign direct investment …” (more)

[Chrisjhorn’s Blog, 4 September]

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Banks loaned just €3m to scientific research SMEs since 2010

Posted in Research on August 18th, 2013 by steve

“Banks in Ireland have loaned just €3 million to small firms specialising in scientific research and development since 2010, according to figures from the Irish Central Bank …” (more)

[, 18 August]

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Bottom of the Class: Irish Universities Least Attractive to Big Business

Posted in Research on August 15th, 2013 by steve

“A new study, published on Monday, has ranked Irish universities as the least appealing to big corporations for investment in research when compared with other international colleges …” (more)

[Graham Murtagh, University Times, 15 August]

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Irish universities CAN attract more big business funding

Posted in Research on August 15th, 2013 by steve

“The publication of the Times Higher Education survey at the beginning of this week didn’t show Ireland in its best light. It concluded that universities in Ireland have one of the worst records in attracting big business to invest in collaborative research and development …” (more)

[Barry Heavey,, 14 August]

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Overriding mission of our universities is to educate, not to carry out R&D for business

Posted in Research on August 13th, 2013 by steve

“… It seems that in each country only a selection of universities was surveyed, and in Ireland these were the four universities of the National University of Ireland – that is Cork, Dublin, Galway and Maynooth, along with Trinity, thereby omitting DCU, UL and the nine Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[John Kelly, Independent, 13 August]

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Crude university comparison is flawed

Posted in Research on August 13th, 2013 by steve

“The Times Higher Education survey, which found that Ireland receives less investment from industry in higher education research than the 29 other countries studied, is a very crude and flawed single measure of research performance and the relationship between business and higher education …” (more)

[Orla Feely, Irish Examiner, 13 August]

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Why are companies not investing in universities?

Posted in Research on August 12th, 2013 by steve

“Phil Baty, Times Higher Education, discusses a new study which places British and Irish universities among the least valuable to business.” (audio)

[RTÉ Morning Ireland, 12 August]

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Irish R&D Tax Credit: First audits show high level of abuse

Posted in Research on August 12th, 2013 by steve

“Irish R&D Tax Credit: The first audits by the Revenue of the tax scheme that was introduced in 2004 to promote spending on research and development by foreign-owned and indigenous firms, have found a high level of abuse …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts Ireland, 12 August]

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Bottom of the class

Posted in Research on August 12th, 2013 by steve

“Irish academics are bottom of the class when it comes to attracting investment from big business, a worldwide study of universities shows. A new index out today has found that our top universities attract some of the smallest amounts of cash from big business, compared with their global counterparts …” (more)

[Dan Buckley, Irish Examiner, 12 August]

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Irish academics ‘trail in research’

Posted in Research on August 12th, 2013 by steve

“Irish academics have been branded bottom of the class in a global study of researchers. Despite the government’s claims about Ireland’s prowess in knowledge and innovation, the survey shows big business is putting its cash into overseas universities …” (more)

[Independent, 12 August]

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Revenue to move on tax research loophole as millions lost

Posted in Research on August 12th, 2013 by steve

“The Revenue is stepping up audits of how large companies are lowering their tax bills after uncovering widespread misuse of tax credits for research and development …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 August]

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Irish Knowledge Economy: Sources of Funding

Posted in Research on February 24th, 2013 by steve

“In previous two posts, I have covered the broader trends for R&D spending in Ireland over 2007-2012 and more specific trends in terms of R&D-related employment …” (more)

[Constantin Gurdgiev, True Economics, 23 February]