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Role of the Office of Science, Technology and Innovation

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The Office of Science, Technology and Innovation (OSTI) is responsible for the development, promotion and co-ordination of Ireland’s Science, Technology and Innovation policy; and Ireland’s policy in European Union and international research activities.

Rationale for Investment in Science & Technology

The rationale behind the work of the OSTI is acceptance at national and international levels that Research, Technological Development and Innovation (RTDI) is of critical importance to competitiveness, employment and the enhancement of society, and that public investment in RTDI must be a national priority.

The OSTI is responsible for the development, promotion and co-ordination of national science and technology policy and is advised by Forfás in accordance with its statutory remit.

The OSTI is responsible for research funding allocated to Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and consequential policy issues arising from Ireland’s investments through SFI. The Director General of SFI is also the Chief Scientific Advisor who provides independent advice to Government on any aspect of science, technology and innovation.

The OSTI also supports and monitors the integrated awareness programme, 'Discover', which is managed by SFI and this programme has the aim of increasing the numbers of students taking science as a career and promoting science literacy generally.

Funding is also provided to Enterprise Ireland for three categories of investment:

(i) Transforming Research Development and Innovation activity in companies

(ii) Encouraging Industry Collaboration between industry and third level sector research organisations and

(iii) Commercialising the outputs of research.

With assistance from Forfás, OSTI is responsible for driving and monitoring implementation of Research Prioritisation primarily through the Research Prioritisation Action Group (PAG) which includes representatives of all research funders and relevant Government Departments.

The OSTI also develops and co-ordinates Ireland's input in regard to EU research policies and programmes including measures to further the development of the European Research Area. It also has responsibility for the development of Ireland's policy in international research activities.

The OSTI also supports and monitors the integrated awareness programme, Discover Science & Engineering, with the aim of increasing the numbers of students taking science as a career and promoting science literacy generally.

The work of the OSTI covers all aspects of the national system of innovation and international Research & Development (R&D) programmes including:

The Enterprise Development Agencies, Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland and Forfás implement these measures on behalf of OSTI, through a range of schemes and programmes.

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