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Science for Ireland: propelling research and innovation success

06 February 2020 publication

We call for the Government of Ireland, as it develops the successor to Innovation 2020 - the country’s strategy for research and development, science and technology - to set out an ambitious, long-term vision for science, society and the economy. These recommendations are based on views gathered from our members in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland through a series of surveys, workshops and one-to-one interviews from December 2018 to November 2019.

Key recommendations

  • Strengthen public and private investment in research and innovation
    • Renew the 2.5% vision and incentivise private investment
    • Enhance investment in research infrastructures
  • Develop, attract and retain scientific talent
    • Support a diverse range of scientific research
    • Invest in new opportunities to grow the talent pool
    • Recruit and retain international scientific talent
  • Support research and innovation through expert advice and cooperation
    • Embed independent expert advice across Government
    • Foster ‘all-island’ approaches to research and innovation


We believe that the issues and recommendations highlighted in this statement go beyond the remit of microbiology research and innovation. Opinion pieces and inputs from members, stakeholders and other organisations can help us drive this vision forward. Contact us at [email protected] to join the discussion and help propel research and innovation success forward in Ireland.

You can download the full statement and read the accompanying news story.