Research and Innovation in the EU
Ongoing 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.