Research Funding

The internationally recognised indicator for benchmarking State-funded performance of R&D is the ‘Government Budget Allocations for R&D’ metric (GBARD). Total Government expenditure on R&D is charted and benchmarked against international comparators.

GBARD includes Government funding for R&D programmes in the higher education sector administered by the Department of Education and Skills, the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and others.

This is in addition to Government funding for business sector R&D (through EI, IDA, etc.) and  Government funding for R&D performed in the public sector (e.g. Teagasc, the Marine Institute, etc). GBARD also includes Government contributions to international R&D programmes or organisations.

Main Government Departments/Agencies with Spending on R&D, 2017-2018

Department/Agency2020 (€000's)% of Total2021 est (€000's)% of Total
Science Foundation Ireland211,14824.4%199,02221.0%
Higher Education Authority166,08119.2%178,05018.8%
Enterprise Ireland94,65210.9%112,64911.9%
IDA Ireland64,3437.4%61,400 6.5%
Health Research Board49,597 5.7%50,6075.3%
Irish Research Council41,4704.8%47,2465%
Dept of Enterprise, Trade and Employment75,566 8.7%64,516 6.8%
Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine23,2362.7%26,099 2.7%
Marine Institute12,1681.4%12,286 1.3%
Economic and Social Research Institute6,8120.8%7,7870.8%
Environmental Protection Agency9,556 1.0%9,5031.1%
Dept of Foreign Affairs8,2050.9%9,0821.0%
Dept of Education7,052 0.8%6,8950.7%
Others40,7744.7%105,763 11.1%