IUA Statement - Ambitious national strategy on research & innovation warmly welcomed

Delivering on Impact 2030 requires resourcing and a coordinated approach

18.05.22: The Irish Universities Association (IUA) welcomes the launch today by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, of the National Research & Innovation Strategy, Impact 2030.

The comprehensive approach outlined today is a clear recognition of the importance of investment in research to solve some of the greatest challenges facing our society.  It clearly prioritises discovery research alongside mission-focused and applied research.

It is now essential that the ambitious research strategy is matched by the requisite investment in the next and subsequent Budgets. It is equally important that there is a well-managed and inclusive process to establish the new research structures that are proposed and that the necessary supports are put in place as a priority.

The establishment of an independent Advisory Council for R&I Policy, proposed by the IUA, will bring together the necessary expertise to advise government on the strategic decisions needed so that research investment can be mobilised for the benefit of the Irish citizen.

Welcoming the plan, UCD’s Prof. Orla Feely who chairs the IUA’s Research Committee, said: “This national policy framework provides a real opportunity for Ireland to become a leader in research and innovation in Europe. Our universities will be central to the implementation of this strategy, supporting Irish society and the economy by delivering research-trained talent, leading-edge innovation and solutions to major challenges.”



For more information contact: Lia O’Sullivan, Head of Communications, IUA lia.osullivan@iua.ie 085 7141414