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Impact of Investment in Innovation, Research and Development

The work being carried out by the Department and its Agencies is having a real and positive impact on improving Ireland’s competitiveness.

Our Department’s report on Economic and Enterprise Impacts from Public Investment in R&D in Ireland sets out the evolution of Irish RD&I policy and the economic and enterprise impacts of R&D active firms in Ireland.

Strategic investments in RD&I have contributed significantly to:

  • the competitiveness of indigenous enterprise;
  • to embedding the FDI base in Ireland;
  • to the creation and application of new knowledge and technology across the enterprise spectrum;
  • and critically, to employment growth.

Evidence, both from the EU and internationally, shows that the Government's strategy of accelerating the economic and societal return on our RD&I investment is paying off.

Globally, we are ranked:

  • 1st for attracting high value FDI projects (IBM Global location trends, 2018)
  • 9th in the European Innovation Scoreboard (June 2018)
    • 1st in the EU for employment in knowledge-intensive activities and overall top for employment and sales impacts in fast-growing firms in innovative sectors.
  • 10th in the Global Innovation Index (July 2018)
    • 1st in the world for Knowledge Diffusion.
  • 11th for overall scientific research quality (InCites from Clarivates Analytics, April 2018)

The most recent European Innovation Scoreboard once again shows Ireland retaining its position among those EU Member States considered ‘strong innovators’. 

In certain scientific disciplines globally we are ranked:

  • 1st in Immunology
  • 1st in Animal and Dairy
  • 2nd in Nanotechnology
  • 2nd in Agricultural Sciences
  • 4th in Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • 5th in Materials Sciences