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European Commission Representation in Ireland: Research, Innovation and Science
  • In October 2010 Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the Commissioner for Science, Research & Innovation, launched the Innovation Union (IU) – a new initiative that puts research and innovation at the heart of the European Union's policies to boost growth and jobs. The Innovation Union aims to do three things: transform Europe's world class science base into a world-beating one; make coherent use of public sector intervention to stimulate the private sector; and remove the remaining bottlenecks to the commercialisation of good ideas.  Horizon 2020is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with an €80 billion budget, Horizon 2020– the new European instrument for research and innovation funding - is designed to help deliver jobs, prosperity and a better quality of life.
  • The EU's Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP7) - the EU's main instrument for funding research in Europe and the world's largest publicly-funded research programme. It will run from 2007-2013. 
  • The European Union Contest for Young Scientists(EUCYS) - the annual showcase of the best of European student scientific achievement giving students the opportunity to compete with the best of their contemporaries at European level.

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Research and Innovation in the EU

Researcher at NUI GalwayOngoing research and development in science, technology and industry is crucial to all our futures. It helps increase our knowledge of the world around us so we can find new ways to tackle climate change, eliminate life threatening viruses, reduce air disasters and improve food safety.

It also creates jobs and stimulates the economy and through the EU, Irish researchers, institutions and businesses are playing a vital role in helping to make breakthroughs in research projects that will improve the quality of life for millions of people all over the world.

Ireland is able to contribute significantly to global research and development because we’re part of the European Research Area (ERA). The ERA is not only for specialists. It is a project designed to improve our lives by making Europe a place where scientific research, technological development and innovation thrive and address the major challenges of our times. It aims to overcome the fragmentation of research in Europe via a wide range of activities, programmes and policies which are designed and operated at all levels: regional, national, and European.

And that’s something we here in Ireland recognise as being crucial to our own future because under our own national Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (SSTI) we’ve set a goal to become leaders in research and development and innovation.

Being able to benefit from and collaborate with projects in other EU states can help us reach that target.

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