National Development Plan 2007-2013

Contact person 
Terry O'Brien
South-East Regional Authority
Do you want to share an instrument/policy or a knowledge Transfer practice? 
Innovation instrument(policy)
What are the following keywords/priorities which better fit the instrument/policy?  
R&D cooperation (joint projects, PPP with research institutes)
Indicate the country from which the instrument (or policy) is 
What is the title/name of the instrument/policy? 
National Development Plan 2007-2013
Indicate the target group/beneficiaries of the instrument/policy 
All companies
Business organisations (Chambers of Commerce…)
Higher education institutions (education function)
Higher educations institutions research units/centres
New technology based firms/new knowledge intensive service firms
What is the aim/objective? 
A national development plan (the 4th such plan). Outline priorities for investment over the 7 years of the plan. An official government policy replacing the previous NDP 2000-2006, concerned with investment expenditure for the entire country across all sectors
Give an overview of the instrument 
A strategic policy document with strong priorities for Strategic Research policies (long-term research agendas) and Innovation strategies. An Official Government policy document - discussion / strategy document with the following priorities The National Development Plan (NDP) 2007-2013 notes the high levels of investment needed in the areas of Science and Technology, Enterprise Development, Agriculture and Food, Marine and Tourism to promote development in these areas. The document highlights that while public funding of Research and Development has risen rapidly in recent years (more than doubling between 2000 and 2005), Ireland's performance in R&D is still behind that of the leading countries. The NDP document stresses that it is essential that Ireland develops a real competitive strength in this area.
What is the date of creation of this instrument? 
Monday, January 1, 2007
Is the instrument/policy still active? 
Identify the main outputs/results (quantitative and qualitative) of the implementation of this instrument 
The main purpose of the National Development Plan (NDP) 2007-2013 is to outline priorities for investment over the seven years of the plan. It is a successor plan to the National Development Plan 2000-2006. The National Development Plan 2007-2013 envisages investment expenditure of €184 billion. Approximately €13.6 billion of this budget will be allocated to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. The main indicators used in the Plan are the investment amounts specified for the various socio-economic objectives: ■World Class Research STI €3,462 million ■Enterprise STI €1,292 million ■Agri-Food Research €641 million ■Energy Research €149 million ■Marine Research €141 million ■Geo-science €33 million ■Health research €301 million ■Environment Research €93 million One of the principal pillars of the NDP is the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation 2006-13 which outlines a vision of Ireland in 2013 which is internationally renowned for the excellence of its research and at the forefront in generating and using new knowledge for economic and social progress, within an innovation driven culture. Over the lifetime of the NDP the State will invest €6.1 billion in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI): ■World Class Research STI €3,462 million ■Enterprise STI €1,292 million ■Agri-Food Research €641 million ■Energy Research €149 million ■Marine Research €141 million ■Geo-science €33 million ■Health research €301 million ■Environment Research €93 million The investment in human capital, physical infrastructure and commercialisation of research outlined above is complemented by investment in initiatives set out in the NDP allocations for Higher Education and the IDA (the agency responsible for foreign direct investment). Taking account of these amounts, the global NDP investment in STI in the NDP amounts to €8.2 billion. The Government expects that this expenditure will bring Ireland into line with R&D performance in leading countries.
What is the co-financing/maximum rate allowed by the instrument/policy (if appl.)? 
€6b from EU funds
Is this instrument/policy linked to a KT practice?