Description:The Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation (DJEI) is drafting a revised national strategy for science, technology and innovation. This is to be published in late 2015 and will replace the old Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2006-2013 (SSTI). Ibec is calling on Government to use this as an opportunity to think big and be ambitious.
Implication(s):Investing in science, technology and innovation is a key factor in driving sustainable economic growth. As a small open economy, it is imperative we have a world-class innovation eco-system that attracts R&D, facilitates the growth and scale of indigenous firms and encourages innovative activity in less intensive sectors. Ireland has taken significant steps over the past fifteen years in order to become a more knowledge and innovation-intensive economy. However, according to the European Commission’s 2015 Innovation Union Scoreboard, Ireland remains an innovation follower and we continue to lag well behind world leaders like Finland, Germany and the Netherlands.
Current Position:Ibec is calling on Government to use this as an opportunity to think big and be ambitious. This means developing a long-term strategy that is brave with strategic investments, sets bold targets and introduces a range of new policy measures that support innovation. Our submission to government includes a series of recommendations to make Ireland an innovation leader. For more information, please find our full submission and a policy brief below.
Last Updated: 11/19/2015