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Impact 2030: Ireland’s Research and Innovation Strategy

Impact 2030: Ireland’s Research and Innovation Strategy puts research and innovation (R&I) at the heart of addressing Ireland’s social, economic and environmental challenges.

Impact 2030 will maximise the impact of research and innovation on many national priorities. It will progress objectives shared across the Irish R&I system such as maximising its impact on public policymaking and implementation, and nurturing and attracting talent.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, launched the strategy on 18 May 2022.

Five pillars of Impact 2030

Impact 2030 has five pillars, on the impact of:

  • Research and innovation on our economy, society and the environment.
  • Research and innovation structures on excellence and outcomes.
  • Innovation on enterprise success.
  • Talent at the centre of the research and innovation ecosystem.
  • Research and innovation on Ireland’s all-island, EU and global connectivity.

Three work programmes will guide implementation of the strategy. The strategy document contains the first work programme, which will last three years.

Key initiatives of Impact 2030

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.

Governance structures

The department will establish new structures to support implementation of the strategy.

Steering Group

The Impact 2030 steering group will bring together the Government departments most active in research investment. It will drive agile and cohesive delivery of the strategy.

Implementation Forum

The Impact 2030 implementation forum will bring together research engaged government departments and agencies to discuss and progress issues of shared interest.

Advisory Forum

A research and innovation advisory forum will be set up to engage with the research and innovation community and international experts. The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science will chair the forum.

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