Investment in innovation and knowledge development is key to driving sustainable economic growth for Ireland. Our aim is to drive innovation at the business level, build the skills base and maximise the return on R&D investment for economic and social progress. We also work with member organisations to ensure that the appropriate support and structures are in place to promote R&D.

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Ibec's Enterprise and Innovation team, led by Fergal O'Brien, campaigns to increase public and private investment in research and innovation. The team also creates links between R&D intensive business with government, funding agencies and researchers with an emphasis on greater industry-education engagement to develop the ideas and skills of the future. We welcome contact from members and are happy to arrange briefings on any of these areas.