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Impact 2030: Ireland's Research & Innovation Strategy launches at UCD

  • 18 May, 2022


Commenting on the publication of Impact 2030: Ireland's Research and Innovation Strategy, Professor Orla Feely, Vice President for Research, Innovation and Impact said: 


“UCD warmly welcomes the Government’s vision in the new National Research and Innovation strategy launched today at UCD, that reinforces the public research and innovation system as a key strategic asset and a driver of societal and economic development for the country.


“Coupled with the recent announcement on a sustainable funding model for Irish higher education, Funding the Future, the research and innovation strategy will enable Ireland to take its place as a European innovation leader increasing our attractiveness to the best international students and researchers and to investors.


“The establishment of a national R&I Advisory Forum is an important vehicle for ongoing engagement with public research organisations, industry, communities and international experts. This inclusive approach will support successful implementation of the strategy and the impact it will deliver for all citizens.


“UCD looks forward to working with the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science and with our partners in higher education, industry and wider Government to implement this important and exciting strategy for Ireland.”


About Impact 2030


Visit the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science's website to learn more and download the strategy.


Key initiatives

European Research Area

Ireland will continue to take active part in the European Research Area , based on national strengths and policy priorities.

Horizon Europe

Ireland will drive a strong performance in Horizon Europe . We will utilise our international success and collaboration for greatest impact in Ireland. Using mission-oriented approaches will aid in shared societal challenges.

Smart Specialisation Strategy

The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment will publish Ireland's new Smart Specialisation Strategy . It will improve the important connections between national research and innovation policy and regional enterprise policy.

Creating Our Future

The reports on the ‘Creating Our Future ’ campaign will be published shortly. Impact 2030 will build upon this work to foster public engagement in the research process.

National Grand Challenges Programme

The National Grand Challenges Programme will fund mission-oriented challenges and deliver impacts for society. The first calls to support the green transition and digital transformation will issue during summer 2022.

Policy and research links

The department's new Evidence for Policy unit will better link public policymakers and the public research system. New science advice structures will support this.

Creation of new competitive R&I funding agency

A new competitive R&I funding agency will be established by way of a landmark research bill. It will bring together the functions and activities of the Irish Research Council and Science Foundation Ireland. This new agency will continue to support excellent research within disciplines and build greater interdisciplinary research activity in Ireland.

Review of R&I impact

A comprehensive system-level review of research and innovation impact will be undertaken. The review will inform future policy direction and public investment.

Knowledge transfer

Knowledge Transfer Ireland will launch a new knowledge transfer programme for public research organisations. This time, it will include a particular focus on the new technological universities.

Technological universities

The technological universities will strengthen their research and innovation offices to drive regional impact.

Talent programme

The department will develop a talent programme to support early and mid-career researchers in Ireland to help them advance their careers.

International education and R&I strategy

We will identify how to strengthen Ireland's global R&I footprint through a new international education, research and innovation strategy.