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Strategy for Science,Technology and Innovation 2006 - 2013


Science, Technology and Innovation is vital to our economic and social progress. In an increasingly globalised world, it is recognised that high levels of investment in research and innovation are essential, both for economic competitiveness, and to yield innovations in areas such as healthcare and environmental technologies which make tangible improvements to our quality of life.

Growing research capability is a core component of the European Union's drive to become the most competitive and dynamic, knowledge-driven economy. Ireland has fully embraced that challenge and this strategy represents our comprehensive plan to guide us towards that goal.

The strategy is based on a shared vision of placing Ireland firmly on the global map in terms of the excellence of our research and its application for the benefit of society. The roadmap for achieving that vision has been developed by the Interdepartmental Committee on Science, Technology and Innovation, under the aegis of the Cabinet Sub Committee on STI and has benefited from the input of all major research performing Departments.

Our strategy encompasses the steps we need to take to develop a world class research system, building on the model of competitive excellence adopted by the PRTLI and SFI initiatives. It addresses key human capital investments across the education system and industry. It provides mechanisms to translate knowledge into jobs and growth and, in this context, it takes forward the recommendations of the Enterprise Strategy Group and the Small Business Forum. The strategy establishes agendas for public sector research in Agriculture, Health, Environment and Natural Resources. It also addresses the vital international and all island dimensions of research and innovation.

Strategy is the fusion of policy and action, and our plan sets out the mechanisms and overall resource levels which are required for implementation. The Government is providing the resourcing required to allow the new investments identified in the strategy to commence immediately, while the overall investment framework established by the strategy will be taken forward in the context of the National Development Plan. On behalf of the Taoiseach and my Government colleagues, I would like to thank all who have contributed to the development of this strategy. I am confident that the energy and enthusiasm which has driven its development will continue to fuel its successful delivery.

Micheal Martin T.D.

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment

Last modified: 18/06/2006

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