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Facts and Figures – Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government

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Science Statistics

R&D Statistics

For the latest statistics on research and development in Ireland see the following Forfás publication:

Research and Development Statistics in Ireland 2009 – at a glance

For an explanation of the main ststistics used to compare research investment between countries see

pdf icon RD stats (PDF, 1 page, 109KB).

Research Institutions

Ireland has 7 Universities and 14 Institutes of Technology. In addition, it has a number of publicly-supported, specialised research institutions including; the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, Teagasc (Agriculture and Food Development Authority) and the Marine Institute.

Investment in Research

  • Gross Expenditure on R&D in Ireland in 2006 amounted to €2.3 billion (1.6% of GNP), an increase of 14% over the previous year. Public sources accounted for 33% of this investment.
  • Public funding of R&D increased by more than 300% in real terms in the decade 1996 – 2006.
  • Public investment in science, technology and innovation under the National Development Plan 2007-2013 will amount to €8.2 billion.

Human Capital in Research

  • 28% of all third-level graduations in 2005 were in the disciplines of Science and Engineering;
  • 810 PhDs were awarded in Irish institutions in 2005; 462 of these were in the disciplines of Science and Engineering;
  • The target under the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation is to increase the annual PhD output to 1,300 by 2013.
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