Report of the research prioritization steering group

Contact person 
Terry O'Brien
Institution 
South-East Regional Authority (SERA)
E-mail 
terry.obrien@southtippcoco.ie
Country 
Ireland
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?  
Research Infrastructures
Indicate the country from which the instrument (or policy) is 
Ireland
What is the title/name of the instrument/policy? 
Report of the research prioritization steering group
Indicate the target group/beneficiaries of the instrument/policy 
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? 
This is an Official Government policy document: discussion / strategy document. Key objective of this policy is to define a strategy or plan for future actions. Indicators used include R&D intensity. However The National Prioritisation Steering Group did not specify any indicators in their report. They did however recommend that any policy goals and objectives set should be underpinned by a set of national indicators that reflect the goals and objectives (e.g. R&D intensity of enterprise; number of research personnel per 1000 employees) and these should include indicators of economic impact. The Steering Group specified that these indicators should help to clarify programme level objectives and targets and the allocation of resources. The Group also stated that there should also be clarity in the allocation of roles and responsibilities to achieve the high level targets.
Give an overview of the instrument 
The policy context for the research prioritisation strategy was that previous STI strategy documents had focused on a range of outcomes including a doubling of PhD graduates. However, against a backdrop of reduced Government funding for STI as a result of the economic crisis policy-makers recognised that there was a need to ensure that the allocation of public resources for R&D was carefully targeted to leverage maximum benefit for the Irish economy, especially in terms of employment. There was a recognition that Ireland needed to focus its R&D expenditure on those areas which were associated with a large global market or markets in which companies in Ireland already competed or could realistically compete. There was also a concern that previous STI resource allocation had focused more on basic research then on applied or close-to-market research. To assist industry to produce more innovative products and services, policy-makers sought to ensure that any re-alignment of public R&D resources addressed the full research spectrum. Against a backdrop of constrained exchequer resources they wished to ensure that funding would be not only prioritised to those sectors which generated the maximum return to Ireland but also to that part of the research spectrum which was closed to market i.e. that would generate a more immediate return to society. The report of the Research Prioritisation Steering Group noted that while Ireland's past STI policy emphasis had served the country well there was a need now for a more focused, top-down targeted approach to R&D funding allocation.
What is the date of creation of this instrument? 
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Is the instrument/policy still active? 
Active
Identify the main outputs/results (quantitative and qualitative) of the implementation of this instrument 
The report by the Research Prioritisation Steering Group identifies 14 priority areas that will become the focus of future State investment in research and innovation. The priority areas build on existing research strengths and investments and target public investment towards areas which will ensure that Ireland is a top-tier location for knowledge and innovation intensive enterprises and jobs for the future. The 14 priority areas recommended by the Steering Group were identified based on research by Forfás, and incorporating input from the research community, the enterprise sector and research funding departments and agencies. The areas selected span all fields of science from natural sciences and engineering to humanities and social sciences. In addition to the 14 priority areas there are recommendations on platform science and technology. The Steering Group also put forward recommendations on how the priority areas should be implemented within the wider science, technology and innovation system.
What is the co-financing/maximum rate allowed by the instrument/policy (if appl.)? 
N/A
Is this instrument/policy linked to a KT practice? 
Yes
The country which implemented this practice 
Ireland