Research & Innovation performance and Horizon 2020 country participation for Ireland

Country profile and featured projects for Ireland

The European Semester, the Commission's yearly cycle of economic policy coordination, supports Member States' structural reforms in different policy areas to promote jobs, growth and investment. Research and innovation play a key role in this context. That is why the Commission gives recommendations to and closely work with the Member States to increase the performance of their national research and innovation systems.

The PDF file below contains the Horizon 2020 country profile and a link to a database of success stories related to Ireland.

Featured Projects

This list contains 8 recently published articles on projects that have a partner in Ireland.

A new approach to medical device innovation

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An EU-and industry-funded project has developed a new platform approach to the innovation chain for next-generation medical devices, giving a boost to European manufacturers, in particular SMEs. The project has established a facility that companies can use to manufacture and test prototype micro medical devices, ensuring European leadership in this vital technology-based sector.

Creating research efficiencies through common needs

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EU-funded researchers believe related projects could achieve far greater efficiencies if they pool their resources and efforts in data collection and management across disciplines.

Developing a taste for high-protein plants

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An EU-funded project is investigating protein-rich crops in Europe as attractive alternatives to meat - a means to reduce the environmental impact of livestock on the planet and provide farmers with a new source of income.

EU teen suicide prevention programme goes global

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An EU-funded project created an interactive suicide prevention programme to promote mental health in teenagers. Following considerable success in a wide-ranging trial involving thousands of students, it is now being used worldwide to save lives.

Foundations for a heritage science research infrastructure

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EU-funded researchers are taking the first steps towards establishing an integrated heritage science infrastructure. This will make archives more accessible, facilitate collaboration across disciplines and raise the profile of this economically and socially important field of research.

Global digital archive provides accessible link to the past

EU-funded researchers have digitally connected valuable archaeological sources from around the world, providing easy online access to professionals and instilling a culture of information sharing in the field.

Helping social entrepreneurs improve rural life

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Challenges facing rural regions include few higher educational opportunities and lack of public transport, healthcare and shops. An EU-funded project combines research and training to help entrepreneurs improve life in such areas so as to encourage young people to stay and persuade those who have left to return.

Stimulating the development of new antibiotics

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Many advances of modern medicine rely heavily on antibiotics - which can, however, lose their effectiveness over time as bacteria adapt. New types of these precious drugs are urgently needed. EU and industry-funded researchers are looking into ways to foster the required innovation.

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